Policeman Robert J. Thurman

Policeman Robert J. Thurman

Glasgow Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, September 18, 1914

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Robert J. Thurman

Policeman Robert Thurman was shot and killed after arresting two drunken men in North Glasgow.

He was walking the men along Main Street to the city jail when of them shot him in the chest. After he fell to the ground the two men kicked him several times before fleeing.

Both killers were arrested a short time later and charged with Policeman Thurman's murder. The were both convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Policeman Thurman had served with the Glasgow Police Department for just over one year and had previously served as marshal of Burkesville and Edmonton. He was a widower and was survived by two teenage daughters. He was killed two days before being re-married.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Growing up I was told stories of officer Thurman by my Grandmother, I didn't know the details of his death until today, thank you for this memorial to all of these fallen heroes. I'm so proud to be a great great grandson of such a man

Gordon M Bulger
Great Great Grandson

April 3, 2016

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