City Marshal Edward F. Whittier

City Marshal Edward F. Whittier

Cheney Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Tuesday, October 9, 1888

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Edward F. Whittier

Marshal Edward Whittier was killed in a horse-and-buggy accident while transporting a prisoner from Cheney to the county jail in Spokane Falls. During the trip, he turned his buggy off of the roadway to allow another buggy to pass. When he did so, one of the wheels struck loose rock that been blasted during railroad construction. The horses pulling the buggy lost their footing and attempted to run away. They pulled the buggy into a railroad trestle, causing the buggy to overturn. Marshal Whittier and the prisoner were both thrown to the ground. Marshal Whittier suffered a skull fracture. The prisoner, who was only slightly injured, walked the four miles into town to alert others of the accident.

Marshal Whittier had served as marshal for 14 months, and had previously served as sheriff of Spokane County for 2 years.

He was survived by his parents and a brother.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Animal related

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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 125th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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.

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

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 6, 2013

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