Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Policeman Hermon Myron Personius

Valley City Police Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Tuesday, August 28, 1906

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Reflections for Policeman Hermon Myron Personius

Your killer may have escaped off into the night but he surely faced his justice at a later time in a different place. Rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 28, 2020

Rest in peace Policeman Personius.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 28, 2019

You are still remembered, even after 110 years. No amount of time could ever make this country forget your service and sacrifice to our country. RIP

John Haseltine - Civilian

August 28, 2016

My father, Alfred Henry Personius was 12 years old when his father, Hemon, was killed. Hemon and his wife, Eva Butterfield Personius, had seven children. My father told me that after his father was killed he had to go to work doing things like herding cows, etc. I am thankful that Hemon, my grandfather, is remembered at the Peace Officers Memorial.

Donald Alfred Personius

July 10, 2014

The City of Valley City appointed their first police chief on May 14th, 1883. That was the start of the brotherhood of law enforcement in Valley City, North Dakota. Since that time, the Valley City Police Department has continued on serving the citizens in the community. Hemon Myron Personius died in the line of duty serving the citizens he was sworn to protect. Since the Valley City Police Department started in 1883, Hemon Myron Personius is the only officer to die in the line of duty. As we hire new officers at the Valley City Police Department, we talk about the tragic incident that took Hemon Personius’s life. Even today, when law enforcement officers attend the “Street Survival” training, in North Dakota and across the country, Hemon Personius’s name is honored by law enforcement officers across the nation as one of our fallen officers from North Dakota. His name will not be forgotten within the Valley City Police Department.

Sergeant David Swenson
Valley City Police Department

March 9, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 104th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

How nice that your family found this memorial site.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 28, 2010

my grandpa myron personius got his first name from his grandpa and great grandma eppigner told me story about how he died and i am proud to love what my great great great grandpa did for his country also his grandson myron was just like him i was told

little marc personius
great great great grandson

May 15, 2009

I'm the grandson of Hemon's son Giles. A few years ago one of my relations passed along an old newspaper clipping of the story of Hemon's death. Quite a story. The old homestead outside Valley City is still owned by the family.

Tim Personius
Great grandson

May 19, 2008

I am just beginning to find out more about my family tree and am honored to find my great grandfather listed here. My grandmother was only 12 when he died but my father was always very proud of him as I now am too.

Erika Smith Royal
Great Granddaughter

April 24, 2007

I wonder if I am a relative? My brother, Tim Personius, is a police officer in Washington State. He is also very interested in our genealogy. Whether we are related or not, I think it is a good thing to honor the fallen like this. Thank you.

Lisa Personius

May 17, 2006

I grew up knowing the story of my grandfather's death in the line of duty. My father was a teenager when his father died so unfortunately I never had the chance to know Heman Personius. I'm very proud that his name is on the memorial.

Susan Personius Jozwicki

April 7, 2006

I never got to met my grandfather as my father was only 16 when his dad died. He is a true hero and we will always keep his memory alive.

Hal Personius

May 18, 2004

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