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Deputy Sheriff George Ridgeway | Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

Deputy Sheriff

George Ridgeway

Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Monday, December 5, 1910

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 6 years

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Deputy Sheriff George Ridgeway was shot and killed during a miner's strike at the Latrobe & Connellsville Coal Company.

He had been assigned to the protect the belongings of a non-union miner who was moving from the Derry No. 1 mine to Snydertown. He had just passed through Loyolhanna when he was confronted by several union members who attempted to stop the wagon. A struggle ensued between Deputy Ridgeway and one of the miners, who produced a gun and shot him in the head, killing him.

The man who shot Deputy Ridgeway fled to LaSalle, Illinois, where he was arrested in February 1911. He was extradited back to Westmoreland County, convicted of murder, and sentenced to six years in prison.

Deputy Ridgeway was survived by his wife.

Two weeks after Deputy Ridgeway's murder Deputy Sheriff Charles Davidson was struck and killed by a train while fleeing striking miners who were attempting to attack him near the same mine.

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Deputy Sheriff Charles Davidson
Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Monday, December 19, 1910
Cause: Struck by train

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Deputy Sheriff Ridgeway,
On today, the 106th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Westmoreland County.

R.I.P.
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United States Border Patrol
December 5, 2016

 

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