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Special Agent Steven W. Harton | Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

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Steven W. Harton

Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Saturday, September 15, 1990

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicular assault

Location: Utah

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Not available

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Special Agent Steven Harton was killed when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver on I-15, near 3900 South, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was attempting to change lanes when the drunk driver, operating her vehicle at excessive speeds, struck the rear of his car. The collision caused his vehicle to rollover multiple times. Even though he was wearing his seat belt Special Agent Harton suffered fatal head injuries in the crash.

The drunk driver was convicted of charges related to DUI.

Special Agent Harton was a Vietnam War veteran and had previously served with the South Salt Lake City Police Department. He is survived by his wife, four children, and mother.

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Special Agent Harton, you're service to this nation is admirable and thank you. From serving the nation in time of war, to serving the citizens of South Salt Lake City and the nation once more in helping to protect the railroad. You are a hero.

Railroad Policing is not a prevalent as it once was and that is a shame, especially in this day and age when theft and hobos are not the primary threat. We need the railroad police to help safeguard our economy and day to day commerce from the threat of terrorism. I hope and pray all the nations railroad executives will realize this and rebuild what once was.

Brother, though 27 years have passed, no doubt those who knew and loved you best still feel the void, but I believe they kept you in their hearts and minds and you have never truly left them.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
January 19, 2017

 

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