Captain Earl H. Grimes

Captain Earl H. Grimes

Athol Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Tuesday, April 13, 1937

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Earl H. Grimes

Captain Grimes was shot and killed after he and another officer were dispatched to investigate a suspicious man begging money from children at a deserted shack near a set of railroad tracks.

The suspect opened fire on them with a 12-gauge shotgun as they approached. The other officer returned fire killing the suspect, an ex-convict.

Captain Grimes had served with the Athol Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Shot and killed

suspicious person, convicted felon

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Captain Grimes, it has been 86 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices that you and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

April 13, 2023

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