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Deputy Sheriff Charles O. Curtiss | Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, Washington Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, Washington

Deputy Sheriff

Charles O. Curtiss

Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch: Sunday, November 5, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Curtiss and Deputy Jefferson Beard were shot and killed during a workers strike at the local docks. Several hundred citizens had been deputized because of the fear of violence. When a boat of strikers arrived it was ordered not to dock, but did so anyway. When the occupants were ordered to not disembark gunfire erupted and both Deputy Beard and Deputy Curtiss, one of the deputized citizens, were fatally wounded. The Sheriff was also shot and wounded.

Although the exact circumstances are unknown because county records have since been destroyed, it is thought that both deputies were struck by friendly fire.

Deputy Curtiss was a member of the Washington National Guard Reserve. He was posthomously awarded the Medal of Honor for his role in the incident in which he was killed. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.

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Deputy Sheriff Jefferson F. Beard
Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, Washington
End of Watch: Monday, November 6, 1916
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 95th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
November 5, 2011

 

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