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Acting Chief Patrick Guiton | Boonton Police Department, New Jersey Boonton Police Department, New Jersey

Acting Chief

Patrick Guiton

Boonton Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Monday, September 9, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Acting Chief Patrick Guiton was shot and killed by men attempting to rob a freight train.

Acting Chief Guiton was covering the position while the chief of police was on vacation. During his stead, he received word that four men were breaking into boxcars near the Booton Rubber Works. He immediately left for the robbery site and enlisted four civilians to assist with the arrest. When they arrived at the Boonton Rubber Works the four men were caught in the act and were arrested by Acting Chief Guiton, who neglected to search the men for weapons.

As Acting Chief Guiton was transporting the four thieves to the town jail he told the four assistants that he no longer needed their help and dropped them off en route. As soon as the four civilian assistants were gone, the thieves attacked Acting Chief Guiton, shooting him. He was able to return fire and mortally wounded one of his assailants. The other three fled to the woods nearby. Town store clerks who saw the incident pursued the suspects into the woods and then organized a posse of approximately 50 men to search the woods. Two were apprehended in the nearby woods, the third was apprehended running from a train in a neaby county.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 95th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
May 2, 2013

 

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