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Special Officer John Wesley Etheridge | International and Great Northern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police International and Great Northern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Officer

John Wesley Etheridge

International and Great Northern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Thursday, October 19, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Texas

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Special Officer John Etheridge was shot and killed at the railroad station in Troup, Texas, while attempting to quell a disturbance.

Officer Etheridge was on duty aboard a special excursion train when one of the passengers became disorderly. When the train arrived at the station the man and Officer Etheridge got off of it and went into the waiting room where the shooting occurred.

The subject who shot him Officer Etheridge was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released after serving only eight years.

Officer Etheridge had served with the International and Great Northern Railroad Police Department for six years and had previously served as a deputy sheriff and constable in Harrison County. He was survived by his wife and six children.

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It is now 110 years. You have NOT been forgotten and we honor your service and sacrifice still. You will NEVER be forgotten.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
October 19, 2015

 

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