Guard Virgil Welch

Guard Virgil Welch

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Friday, May 10, 1935

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Virgil Welch

Guard Virgil Welch was shot and killed during an escape from the Eastham Prison Farm. Four prisoners made good on the escape. A large posse was sent after them and two of the prisoners were ultimately shot and killed. The other two were recaptured.

Guard Welch was survived by his wife. He was buried at Hendrick Cemetery in Cherokee County.


  • Age 57
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 10, 2015

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