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Constable Gideon Manchester

Fall River Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, July 16, 1852

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Reflections for Constable Gideon Manchester

Constable Manchester, it has been 171 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

July 16, 2023

Constable Manchester,
On today, the 170th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fall River. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 16, 2022

My great great great grandfather

Robert B Manchester
Ggg grandfather

May 1, 2022

Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase you sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

July 16, 2020

Today marks the 163rd anniversary of your sacrifice. All the reflections left after my initial one in 2006 are truly wonderful to see and to know your family honored you as the City and Police Department of Fall River memorialized you is heartwarming.

You were a pioneer in Massachusetts law enforcement and a true hero.

God Bless and may your eternal rest remain peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

July 16, 2015

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

July 16, 2012

On Saturday, 5/5/12, Constable Gideon Manchester was formally inducted into the Fall River P.D. Memorial in a solemn and touching ceremony attended by his family, numerous present and retired police officers and city officials. He will also be inducted into the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C. on 5/13/12. Rest in Peace, Constable Manchester.

Officer William P. Sullivan (Ret.)
Fall River Police Dept.

May 6, 2012

I came across this researching my family history and you and ur brave efforts will be passed down through generations to come i will always remember this as my family legacy as heroism thank you for showing me that

Daughter of Lynne Manchester, Heather
GGGGG Grandaughter

April 10, 2012

Hoping to be able to be in Mass. for the ceremony that has taken so long to happen

Brenda Boscoe-Craig
GGG Grandaughter

January 11, 2012

The anniversary of your sacrifice is nearing 161 years. Hopefully soon your name & memory will be enshrined as one beside your three other fellow brethen officers oF Fall River & the National Policemen Memorial in D.C. R.I.P GG Grandfather

B. Manchester
gg grandson

May 29, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the one hundred and fifty-eighth 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 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 16, 2010

Dear Sir

God has taken you for good reason I do not know nor Have I ever meet or walked with you.It has taken me 156 years to find you. I know you are in our hearts and thoughts daily and one day I will finally meet my hero.Thank You GG-Grandfarther, rest in peace.

Manchester Family

April 28, 2008

I am so glad to see you finally being honored and remembered for your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace.


October 22, 2007

I am a 30 year veteran of the Fall River P.D. and I've also never heard of Constable Manchester until I happened upon this website. Inquiries will be made to see if we can honor him by adding him to our local and state police memorials. Rest In Peace, Constable Manchester. You won't be forgotten.

Police Officer William P. Sullivan
Fall River Police Dept.

August 15, 2007

Never forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

July 16, 2007

I would like to post a thank you for Constable Manchester. I have been an Officer in Fall River for 5 years and have never even heard of this individual until coming on this site. He is not represented with the other in the line of duty deaths represented by this department, but he should be.

Patrolman Michael Pessoa
Fall River Police Department

October 13, 2006

Constable Manchester,
It has taken over 154 years, but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fall River.



October 9, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

October 8, 2006



October 4, 2006

Constable Manchester, your efforts on behalf of the city of Fall River have not been forgotten. You truly are a hero.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 4, 2006

I can only echo Detective Tomassi's sentiments in his reflection. Thank you and God bless!

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 3, 2006

Rest in peace brother, you are not forgotten.

October 3, 2006

Dear Sir:
I am so sorry that it took 154 years for you to achieve the recognition that is rightly yours. Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice. I am certain that your descedants over the years have so much to be proud of. You will never be forgotten, as you are still, one of America's Finest. Rest in peace, my brother. Amen

Detective Ron Tomassi
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office-Florida

October 3, 2006

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