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Sheriff Josiah Hazen | Converse County Sheriff's Office, Wyoming Converse County Sheriff's Office, Wyoming

Sheriff

Josiah Hazen

Converse County Sheriff's Office, Wyoming

End of Watch: Sunday, June 4, 1899

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Escaped from prison

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Sheriff Josiah Hazen was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a gang of train robbers, including the famous outlaw Kid Curry.

Another member of the Wild Bunch gang killed six officers in 1902.

Sheriff Hazen had served with the agency for two years. He was survived by his wife and two sons and is buried in Douglas Park Cemetery, Douglas, Converse County, Wyoming.

Kid Curry was suspected of be involved with the murders of five law enforcement officers: Sheriff Josiah Hazen of the Converse County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming; Deputy Samuel Jenkins and Sheriff Jesse Tyler of the Grand County Sheriff's Department, Utah; and Patrolman Robert Saylor and Patrolman William Dinwiddie of the Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee.

Kid Curry was arrested after the murders of Patrolman Saylor and Patrolman Dinwiddie. He was convicted of the murders but escaped from the local jail before being transferred to a federal prison.

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Deputy Sheriff Samuel Jenkins
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End of Watch: Saturday, May 26, 1900
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Sheriff Jesse Tyler
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Police Officer Enoch E. Breece
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End of Watch: Thursday, July 3, 1902
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Patrolman William Dinwiddie
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End of Watch: Friday, June 19, 1914
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Robert Saylor
Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 23, 1914
Cause: Gunfire

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Sheriff Josiah Hazen:
It is so sad that the name of Kid Curry is so known. It is your name Sheriff Josiah Hazen that should be known. You are a hero and a man to be looked up to. May you rest in peace and thank you and your family for the ultimate sacrifice. WE are a better people today because you walked among us yesterday.

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas
May 26, 2015

 

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