Deputy Sheriff Elmer Marion "Okie" Parmer

Deputy Sheriff Elmer Marion "Okie" Parmer

Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Sunday, August 28, 1960

Elmer Marion "Okie" Parmer

Deputy Elmer M. Parmer was electrocuted while attempting to clear the roadway of a downed guy wire following a vehicle pursuit.

Deputy Parmer was chasing a car on U.S. Highway 24-40 about eight miles southwest of Tonganoxie when the car swerved into the oncoming lane of traffic and hit a motorcycle, killing the 20 year old driver.

After hitting the motorcycle, the car went into a ditch, striking a guy wire, which snapped. About 30 minutes later, Deputy Parmer and a truck driver from Texas, who had stopped because of the crash, were moving the guy wire from the highway. But a power line dangling from the pole apparently brushed the guy wire and sent an estimated 12,000 volts through the deputy, killing him. The truck driver was burned.

The 25-year-old driver of the vehicle Deputy Parmer had chased was jailed on charges of fourth-degree manslaughter, speeding, having an open alcoholic bottle, reckless driving, resisting arrest, and driving while under the influence of liquor. One passenger in his car suffered a head injury, and three other occupants fled the scene on foot, but later were apprehended.

Deputy Parmer is survived by his expectant wife, son, and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Electrocuted

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Rest in Peace, Deputy Parmer. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2014

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