Marshal Joseph R. Simons

Marshal Joseph R. Simons

Alamosa Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Tuesday, September 7, 1897

Joseph R. Simons

Marshal Joseph Simons was accidentally shot and killed by a friend of his while investigating a disturbance.

The friend's home had been broken into earlier and the man had chased the robbers away. The suspects had threatened to return and kill the man. When the victim saw someone approaching he thought it was the men returning to kill him and he opened fire. Instead, it was Marshal Simons coming to investigate the original disturbance. Before Marshal Simons succumbed to his wound he exonerated the man as they had been friends for years.

Marshal Simons was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 118th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 29, 2013

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