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Constable William Wathen | Boone County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska Boone County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

Constable

William Wathen

Boone County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

End of Watch: Sunday, October 3, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/17/1937

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Constable William Wathen and Sheriff Lawrence Smoyer 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.

Constable Wathen was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Sheriff Lawrence I. Smoyer
Boone County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska
End of Watch: Thursday, June 17, 1937
Cause: Gunfire

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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 76th 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 California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
August 28, 2013

 

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