Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff John L. Wormell

Asotin County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Wednesday, August 5, 1931

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Reflections for Sheriff John L. Wormell

John Wormell was 67 or 68 at the time of his death according to his cemetery records.WORMELL, John L., b. 1863, d. 1931 (In Ramsdell family plot), (*Sheriff killed by Nichols boy , d. RW). Father Flanagan's request to have Herbert Niccolls released to his custody was denied by Gov. Hartley. Herbert Niccolls received a conditional pardon from Gov. Clarence Martin on January 7, 1941 at that governor was leaving office. My grandfather, Robert Lynn Ward, lived with the Wormell family for a short time in 1919 during the Spanish Flu epidemic.

Cynthia LeVeque
Writer and Researcher

March 3, 2023

Sheriff Wormell,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Asotin County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 5, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 5, 2020



September 3, 2016

The monument is a most beautiful addition and should have been done years ago. My Grandfather, Neil McLeod, was county commissioner during the same period as John Wormell. Lonnie Wormell, grandson of Sheriff John Wormell, is a dear friend of mine.

C. D."Doug" Smith, Senior Deputy
Asotin County Sheriff's Ofc. (1969 to 1975)

June 21, 2015

I would like to thank everyone that attended the dedication ceremony of the monument for Sheriff John Wormell at Asotin in Sept. 2011. If you were unable to attend the ceremony, please stop by and take a look. It's beautiful.
Also, I urge everyone to read the book "The Boy Who Shot The Sheriff" by Nancy Bartley. It's a really great book, available from the Asotin County museum.
The book describes the trial and incarceration of Herbert Niccolls in great detail.

John Leslie Wormell, Captain USA ret.
Eldest Grandson

January 19, 2014

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

February 5, 2013

I would like to announce to everyone that there will be a monument to my grandfather erected in Asotin Washington on the spot where he was killed. The dedication ceremony will be heald on September 26th. 2011. All are invited, and urged to attend.

John Leslie Wormell
Eldest Grandson of Sheriff J. Wormell

August 26, 2011

Sheriff John l Wormell lives on as a great sheriff. His relative David Wormell is a Maricopa County Sheriffs Department Employee and is a valued law enforcement member and brother to us all. Commander Guy Walters, MCSO Posse.

Sergeant Ret Guy Walters
Hermosa Beach Police Department

August 22, 2011

A heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful people that have posted here. One never really dies until they are forgotten.

James wormell

July 2, 2011

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

You are never forgotten

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 9, 2009


Your service to your county has set a very high bar. To be elected for so many terms speaks to the respect you were given. To be handling calls at 1am speaks to your character as a law enforcement officer.

Rest in Peace, your job on earth is done.

Corporal Michael Lowry
University of Colorado Police Department

January 2, 2009

RIP.You will not be forgotten.


October 31, 2008

All our lives we have heard the story of our great grandfather. My mother remembered it as a little girl; how big the funeral was and all the people who attended. Thank you for posting a memorial for him.

Marlene, Anna, & Philip
Great-grandchildren of John W

February 23, 2008

Sheriff Wormell,
On today, the 76th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Asotin County. I think it was travesty of justice that your murderer only served 10 years in prison.



August 5, 2007


After all these years you are still remembered thanks to the ODMP. You died a hero and we thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace Sheriff Wormell.

Captain Robert W. Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

July 2, 2004

Sheriff fallen officer on the ODMP should be without a reflection. Thank you for your service & God bless.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

April 24, 2004

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