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Trooper Ralph R. Newman | Illinois State Police, Illinois Illinois State Police, Illinois


Ralph R. Newman

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 20, 1941

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Motorcycle crash

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Trooper Newman was killed in a motorcycle accident while on patrol near the town of Buckner at 1200 hours. A vehicle attempted to make a left turn in front of Trooper Newman but stopped when the driver saw the trooper. Trooper Newman was unable to avoid the car and struck it broadside. He was transported to Moore Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Trooper Newman had served with the Illinois State Police for four years and was assigned to District 13. He previously had served as the Chief of Police of the Benton Police Department and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Trooper Newman was survived by his wife and child.

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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 72nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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. He was also your fellow Marine so I thank you for your service in the Corps and bid you semper fi.

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

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
March 16, 2013


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