Corrections Officer John Holcomb

Corrections Officer John Holcomb

North Dakota State Penitentiary, North Dakota

End of Watch Saturday, August 7, 1954

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John Holcomb

Corrections Officer John Holcomb was killed when he was crushed between a boxcar and a gate while he was attempting to stop an escape.

The inmate had jumped into the boxcar as it was being pushed through the front prison gate. Officer Holcomb also attempted to jump into the boxcar but was crushed between it and the prison gate. The inmate gave up the escape attempt when a guard in the tower fired at him after he jumped back out of the boxcar on the outside of the gate.

Officer Holcomb as serving as a special duty officer at the prison. He had previously served with the Cass County Sheriff's Office and with the Fargo Police Department. He was survived by his wife and five daughters.


  • Age 64
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Apprehended

escape attempt

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 59th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 2, 2013

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