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Jailer Leo Hemmer | Dubuque County Sheriff's Department, Iowa Dubuque County Sheriff's Department, Iowa


Leo Hemmer

Dubuque County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Monday, October 12, 1925

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Two arrested; One committed suicide

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Jailer Leo Hemmer was shot and killed as he brought food to the prisoners he was guarding.

As Jailer Hemmer opened the door to a holding area to deliver food, he was jumped by three prisoners, one of who pulled a revolver out of his pocket and shot and killed Jailer Hemmer. It is unknown how the revolver was smuggled into the jail. One of the suspects was arrested later that day.

Three weeks later deputies surrounded a house in Clinton, Illinois, where the other two suspects were found to be hiding. One shot and killed himself. The other surrendered.

Jailer Hemmer had been employed with the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department for eight months, and was survived by his wife, two children, his mother, and several brothers and sisters.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th 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
October 12, 2011


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