Correctional Officer Richard Bert Fordham, Sr.

Correctional Officer Richard Bert Fordham, Sr.

Lee County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, May 9, 1977

Richard Bert Fordham, Sr.

Correctional Officer Richard Fordham was beaten and strangled to death after being overpowered by two inmates at the Lee County Jail in Dixon.

Both inmates were convicted of his murder and sentenced to 40 to 100 years in prison. One died in prison in December of 2011. The other inmate, who has been denied parole several times, was granted parole in 2012.

Correctional Officer Fordham had served with the Lee County Sheriff's Department for only six months. A year earlier he had retired from the U.S. Navy after 25 years as Chief Quartermaster. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced

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You'll never be forgotten by law enforcement or your fellow Navy shipmates. I served with Bert in the recruiting station Sterling and Dixon in 1977 when Bert left so many friends and a wonderful family. Rest in peace Bert.

AK1 Jerry Saladino
U.S. Navy Retired

November 14, 2017

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