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Guard Urban Wilford | Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio


Urban Wilford

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 3, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 72

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/2/1926

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1927

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Guard Urban Wilford was shot and killed at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield during an escape attempt. A former prisoner, who was out on parole, returned to the prison and shot Guard Wilford at the West Gate in an attempt to break out a friend.

The suspect was arrested two months later. He was convicted of Guard Wilford's murder and executed in the electric chair in 1927.

Guard Wilford was survived by his wife. He had previously served as a police officer in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom, from 1876 until 1883, when he immigrated to the United States.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 85th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
November 3, 2011


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