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Guard Daniel Heavey | Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio


Daniel Heavey

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, January 19, 1865

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 65

Tour: 34 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Apprehended

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Guard Daniel Heavey was stabbed to death by an inmate inside of the Ohio State Penitentiary in Mansfield, Ohio.

The inmate was serving a life sentence for murdering his father and had threatened to kill Guard Heavey, the warden, or the deputy warden, if he didn't received a new trial by January 18th.

He had been allowed out of his cell to move coal as part of his duties in the wing for the insane. After moving several loads he approached Guard Heavey and two inmates as they stood next to a stove. Guard Heavey asked him how he was doing and then the inmate suddenly attacked him. He stabbed him once in the chest with a shoemaker's knife, and then attacked the two other inmates. Guard Heavey chased him for about sixty yards and fired several shots at him before collapsing.

Guard Heavey had served at the Ohio State Penitentiary for 34 years. He was survived by his wife and three grown sons.

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On today, the .152nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Ohio. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


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January 19, 2017


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