Guard Daniel James Nickerson

Guard Daniel James Nickerson

New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

End of Watch Sunday, March 25, 1934

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Daniel James Nickerson

Guard Daniel Nickerson was fatally stabbed by an inmate who had just attempted to stab another guard while being searched before taken to the prison's hospital at Clinton Prison.

As the guard started to search him the man produced a clasp knife and lunged at him, inflicting a superficial wound on the guard's abdomen. Guard Nickerson and a third guard immediately came to the guard's assistance. Guard Nickerson was stabbed in the heart and killed instantly during the ensuing struggle. The third guard was also stabbed in the abdomen but survived the wound.

The inmate was convicted of Guard Nickerson's murder and executed on February 21st, 1935.

Guard Nickerson had served as a guard at the prison for four years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 4 years, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Hatchet
  • Offender Executed in 1935

prisoner custody

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 78th anniversary of your death. 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 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 26, 2012

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