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

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Elmer Marion "Okie" Parmer

Deputy Sheriff Elmer M. Parmer was electrocuted while attempting to clear the roadway of a downed guidewire 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 the guidewire, which snapped. About 30 minutes later, Deputy Parmer and a truck driver from Texas, who had stopped because of the crash, were moving the guidewire from the highway. As they moved it, a power line dangling from the pole brushed the guidewire and sent an estimated 12,000 volts through it, killing Deputy Parmer. The truck driver suffered severe burns.

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 were later 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

vehicle pursuit

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It has been over 60 years since Deputy Parker's death as we continue to remember his sacrifice; He will never be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

November 1, 2020

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