Correctional Officer Dan Harrison

Correctional Officer Dan Harrison

Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, July 23, 1978

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Dan Harrison

Officer Dan Harrison was beaten and stabbed to death at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville, Georgia.

He was going to the aid of another officer who was being attacked during a prisoner riot. Officer Harrison was stabbed a total of 61 times and was beaten so badly that nearly every bone in his body was broken. After the assault the prisoners stacked mattresses on top of his body and lit them on fire.

Officer Harrison had been employed with the Georgia Department of Corrections for ten months and is survived by his wife, three children, and twin sister.

A life size statue of Officer Harrison was unveiled in front of the Georgia State Prison on November 21, 2003, in his memory.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Not available

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Remember this day very well. Although I was only 6 I remember details on that day very well. We were in church that evening and my uncle and another officer both in uniform came to the church. It was Pastor Smiths church I believe. My uncle knocked on the church door. It was a one room, wooden floor building and the knock was loud. When the door opened I saw my uncle standing there and I saw the look on his face. I knew something was wrong. He then asked for my mama. I can't remember if my dad was there working that day or if he had been called in because of the riot. I don't know the words he said, but my mama fainted instantly. We hurried home to the little prison houses and we were on lock down. I knew something bad had happened hearing my dad tell my mama of many horrible events that would take place day to day at work.Waiting in horror for my dad to get home on that Bloody Sunday was very horrifying for a 6 year old girl. Then hearing of the events that took place that day was a sad beginning for my dads beautiful cousin "doll" and her three children. My family. Dan Harrison lost his life mainly because of unlocked gates that allowed the "convicts" access to places that the guards thought were secure. Always remember life at "the prison". I now have family and friends that work there. My prayers with them always.

Marsha Ann Guards Daughter
Family member

June 6, 2016

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