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Sheriff Cecil M. Crawford | Page County Sheriff's Department, Iowa Page County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

Sheriff

Cecil M. Crawford

Page County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Saturday, April 10, 1943

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 20 years

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Sheriff Crawford was shot and killed as he and two other officers attempted to take custody of a man for a sanity hearing in his father's home. The man led the sheriff and a deputy upstairs where he opened fire on them, killing Sheriff Crawford instantly. He then jumped from a window and ran into a wooded area where he was captured a short time later.

The suspect was declared insane and committed to a mental institution. In July of 1949 he was found to be sane and charged with Sheriff Crawford's murder. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison on November 7, 1949. He died October 7, 1956.

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Rest in peace, Uncle Cecil. I was only 9 when you were killed, but I remember you well. We know that when you went up those stairs that day, you were not afraid. You had transported that man back and forth during many summers to local farms to work, and he trusted you. But that day when you were called to calm him, he was afraid and turned his gun on you. Bless you for your sacrifice in the line of duty.

Richard Baker
Nephew of Cecil and Edna (Baker) Crawford
February 24, 2016

 

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