Guard Walter W. Zimmer

Guard Walter W. Zimmer

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, April 19, 1948

Walter W. Zimmer

Guard Walter Zimmer and Guard Samuel Chesshir were stabbed to death by an inmate. The warden said the inmate just went berserk for no apparent reason; grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen; stabbed both guards, and seriously injured another guard before being subdued.

The inmate, who was serving a 15 year sentence for burglary, was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and executed in the electric chair on February 2, 1949.


  • Age 68
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Executed in 1949

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Guard Walter W. Zimmer of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio and the additional 66 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

April 19, 2018

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