Captain George A. "Dick" Saville

Captain George A. "Dick" Saville

Sioux Falls Police Department, South Dakota

End of Watch Sunday, October 6, 1935

George A. "Dick" Saville

Captain Dick Saville died of injuries he sustained following a violent struggle with three suspects. He and a plainclothes officer had stopped a drunken driver on Minnesota Avenue, but the three occupants of the vehicle violently resisted arrest by the officers. One of the men was knocked unconscious by the officers and placed in the front seat, while the other two were placed in the rear seat of the police car.

As the officer drove to the station Captain Saville continued to struggle with the two conscious suspects in the back seat. By the time they arrived at the police station, Captain Saville had died from being choked or from the trauma of the long, violent struggle.

Captain Saville was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

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George Saville was my grandfather. My mother, Beverly, was eleven years old when the knock at the door came. She only talked about that day once and said her mother refused to go to the murder trial. My grandfather served in WWI as his father served in the Civil War. I was taught to respect the police as their service gives us peace and safety. You are remembered and so is the sacrifices my grandmother Verna Plumhoff Saville made with her two young children.

Susan Bedell Gossiaux

November 22, 2014

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