Guard John F. Gradon

Guard John F. Gradon

Florida State Road Department - State Convict Road Force, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, February 1, 1953

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John F. Gradon

Guard John Gradon and Guard Grant Dohner succumbed to head injuries sustained during an escape attempt at the Loxahatchee Road Prison. One of three inmates, age 22, hit both guards over the top of their heads with a stove poker, fracturing their skulls. All were serving sentences for robbery. Guard Dohner died at the scene. Guard Gradon died two weeks later.

All three inmates were convicted of second degree murder. The killer was sentenced to life. One was sentenced to 30 years and the other to 20 years.


  • Age 68
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 15, 1953
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Three convicted of murder

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Rest in peace Guard Gradon.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 15, 2020

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