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Sheriff James Cletus Goodwin | Spencer County Sheriff's Department, Indiana Spencer County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Sheriff

James Cletus Goodwin

Spencer County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Sunday, October 28, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

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Sheriff James Goodwin suffered a fatal heart attack while attempting to apprehend two juvenile inmates who were escaping from the county jail.

As he heard the commotion, he ran downstairs and captured one of the juveniles in the street. He collapsed as he escorted the boy back inside.

Sheriff Goodwin had served with the Spencer County Sheriff's Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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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 41st anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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 officer Larry Lasater
January 27, 2014

 

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