Guard Samuel P. Chesshir

Guard Samuel P. Chesshir

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, April 19, 1948

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Samuel P. Chesshir

Guard Samuel Chesshir and Guard Walter Zimmer were stabbed to death by an inmate. The warden reported that 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, 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 54
  • 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 Samuel P. Cheshire 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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