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Guard Deb Edward Long | Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas


Deb Edward Long

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, February 2, 1928

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Age: 26

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Around 1:00 a.m. sixteen convicts at the Eastham State Prison in Lovelady, Houston County, Texas, escaped by cutting through a wall of the wooden building in which they were locked up for the night, using a pocket knife. During the escape Guard Deb Long was accidentally shot and killed by Guard Tom Bozeman who mistook the guard for one of the convicts in the woods where they had surrounded the escapees. Long was wearing long white trousers, similar to those issued to prisoners. By 4:00 p.m. all sixteen convicts had been captured and returned to the prison.

Deb Long was 26 years old. He was buried in the Salem Cemetery in Weldon, Houston County, Texas.

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Officer Long,
On today, the 89th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol
February 2, 2017


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