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Sheriff Lawrence I. Smoyer | Boone County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska Boone County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska


Lawrence I. Smoyer

Boone County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

End of Watch: Thursday, June 17, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Sheriff Lawrence Smoyer and Constable William Wathen were shot and killed while investigating a farmer's report of two suspicious men hiding behind haystacks in his meadow, 23 miles northwest of Albion.

The two suspects opened fire when the officers approached them. Sheriff Smoyer died at the scene and Constable Wathen succumbed to his wounds five months later. The suspects were never identified.

In 1965 a monument was erected as a tribute to both officers on the spot where they were killed.

Sheriff Smoyer was survived by his wife and six children.

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Constable William Wathen
Boone County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska
End of Watch: Sunday, October 3, 1937
Cause: Gunfire

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Grandpa Smoyer:
though we never had a chance to meet, your love of your country, your dedication to service to others, and your love of family have manifested themselves in your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and now your great-great grands. You would be proud that your legacy lives on in so many ways and through so many people. My Dad was so proud of you, and he and Uncle Scout always made sure we knew the history and knew of your sacrifice. Thank you!

May 12, 2016


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