Correctional Officer Ernest R. Grossguth

Correctional Officer Ernest R. Grossguth

Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Rhode Island

End of Watch Sunday, March 26, 1995

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Ernest R. Grossguth

Correctional Officer Ernest Grossguth suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after breaking up a fight between several inmates in the Maximum Security prison.

Officer Grossguth was knocked to the ground while attempting to separate the inmates, but was able to help subdue them. Following the incident he returned to his post in Tower 4, where he was found unresponsive a short time later. Other officers were unable to revive him.

Officer Grossguth had served with the Rhode Island Department of Corrections for 34 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 34 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Grossguth,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Rhode Island. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


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