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Sergeant Fred C. Godfrey | Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

Sergeant

Fred C. Godfrey

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Monday, January 19, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Godfrey, Deputy Warden D. C. Oates, and Officer H. H. Drover were shot and killed at the Oklahoma State Prison by three prisoners who were attempting to escape. An ex-Oklahoma congressman visiting the prison was also killed and three others were shot and wounded.

No one seemed to know exactly how, but each of the three prisoners had obtained a revolver. As they ran towards the front gate they shot everone they saw and begged other inmates to join them. Miraculously no other inmates did. As they reached the front gate and fled outside guards opened fire on the escapees killing all three.

Sergeant Godfrey had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his wife. He is buried in Rosemound Cemetery in Medford, Oklahoma.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, not even 98 years.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 19, 2012

 

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