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Deputy Jailer Luther Willis Hammond

Shelby County Detention Center, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, February 18, 1957

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Reflections for Deputy Jailer Luther Willis Hammond

Though my Uncle Luther died 8 years before I was born, I think his service in law enforcement influenced my decision to pursue a career in law enforcement.
To Clive, I think the story of Aunt Lena (Grandmommy as I called her) shooting the inmates is not accurate. I had the honor of researching the incident so that Uncle Luther could have his name added to the National Memorial in Washington DC.
Newspaper articles indicate that two inmates pushed him down some cellar steps during an escape. Luther Hammond would die days later from his injuries in that fall. The escapees were located a day or two later in nearby Bagdad, KY. I do not know what kind of sentence the killers received.
Think Mayberry to understand the Shelbyville Jail. Uncle Luther and Grandmommy lived at the small jail where prisoners were housed. They personally cooked the meals for the inmates. I think my mom, Carrol Frances Heberle (Whitehouse) lived with them during summer break from school.
I understand he was a great man.

Captain Teal Nally
Covington KY Police (Retired) (Great Nephew)

December 7, 2012

My Great Uncle I never met. As this incident took him away, 3 years, to the day, before I was born.

Rest in Peace Great Uncle Luther.

Great Nephew Clive

The story I just heard was a little more spectacular.
And maybe just that? A story... I don't know?
But here it goes...

The inmate[s] somehow managed to get his gun away from him. And shot him with his own gun.
And somehow, again, miraculously, Luther's wife, Lena, my Great Aunt, shot the inmate[s]

From the account here, it sounds like he was beat to death.

Great Nephew Clive

July 25, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 55th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered as time never diminishes respect.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 18, 2012



February 11, 2008

RIP Brother, a HERO lives forever..........

Patrolman D. Kirk #309
Round Lake Heights PD (IL)

June 8, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

January 30, 2007

Although it was so many years ago, we are reminded of the dangers of our job and the heros who died perfoming their duties. I'm sure you are in God's kingdom still watching over us. God bless you sir. Thank you for your sacrifice!

Deputy Richard Conti
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.

May 22, 2006

jailer,rest in the arms of jesus.

gilbert daniel

August 29, 2005

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