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Patrolman Dayton Foster | Charleston Police Department, West Virginia Charleston Police Department, West Virginia


Dayton Foster

Charleston Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, May 23, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 1 month, 2 weeks

Badge # Not available

Cause: Fall

Incident Date: 5/18/1931

Weapon: Person

Offender: Sentenced to 6 months

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Patrolman Dayton Foster succumbed to injuries sustained five days earlier when he fell off of a 25-foot cliff while struggling with a suspect near the man's home on Gardner Street.

He and two other officers had responded to the home for a domestic disturbance call and placed both parties under arrest. As they searched the house the male subject fled with Patrolman Foster in pursuit. Patrolman Foster caught him a short distance away and the two began to struggle, at which point they fell down the cliff.

The suspect pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in intermediate court and was sentenced to serve six months in the county jail and fined $25 plus costs.

Patrolman Foster had served with the Charles Police Department for only six weeks. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and five sons.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 23, 2015


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