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Marshal Sherman Beathard | London Police Department, Ohio London Police Department, Ohio


Sherman Beathard

London Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, January 16, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by train

Incident Date: 1/8/1928

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Marshal Sherman Beathard succumbed to injuries sustained eight days earlier when his patrol car collided with a train at a crossing on Main Street.

He had just arrested three men for being drunk in public and was taking them back to the jail to book them. Witnesses stated that as the patrol car neared the crossing it suddenly swerved and it looked as though Marshal Beathard had been distracted by the men inside of the vehicle.

Two of the prisoners and Marshal Beathard were all thrown from the vehicle. The two prisoners were killed instantly. Marshal Beathard was taken to a hospital in Columbus, where he remained until succumbing to his injuries eight days later. The third inmate suffered minor injuries.

Marshal Beathard had been sworn in as marshal only 1 week before the accident. He had served as a police officer with the London Police Department for the previous 6 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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Norma Beathard Bellman was my grandmother. I know how much she loved you and was always so proud that you were her father. You will always be remembered by us.

Cheryl Bellman Lacy
June 19, 2017


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