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Turnkey Harry Miller Swartz | Chemung County Sheriff's Department, New York Chemung County Sheriff's Department, New York


Harry Miller Swartz

Chemung County Sheriff's Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, March 27, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Blunt object; Iron pipe

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Turnkey Swartz was killed when he was struck on the head with a piece of angle iron by an inmate at the Chemung County Jail.

The inmate's brother, who was a prisoner in the adjoining cell, had pried loose several wooden floor boards and found the piece of iron. The man passed it to his brother, who then called to Turnkey Swartz and asked to use the exercise room. When Turnkey Swartz opened the cell door he was attacked and beaten to death. The two brothers then escaped but were arrested a short time later walking along nearby railroad tracks.

Both brothers, ages 21 and 23, were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th anniversary of your death. 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 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 27, 2012


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