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Deputy Sheriff Sidney Robert Biggs

Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, May 12, 1920

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Sidney Robert Biggs

It has been 100 years now since that fateful day. I tried to honor you as best I could by informing all the officers I work with that on this date you, my great grandfather died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Shelby County. You were remembered by many today. The watch is still mine but there are others following. My kids are now serving and protecting at my agency with me. The tradition is alive and well Sir, RIP.
Your great grandson.

Sgt. Jimmie Smith
Abilene Police Department, Texas. Great Grandson

May 12, 2020

Deputy Sheriff Biggs,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Shelby County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 12, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you Hero and your family for your courage and sacrifice. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 12, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Biggs.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 9, 2019

Deputy Biggs's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 12-1-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police

December 1, 2017

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 12, 2015

What a waste for everyone. My Great Uncle Samuel Fowler was a witness of the event and was one of many who attempted to help the Sheriff. This guy escaped from the asylum in Jacksonville...I was very impressed with the concern of the Sheriff and all others involved to try to protect the towns' people and bring in Lotus Davis alive and unharmed. I have a full account of the even written by Dr. Fritz of Cowden if anyone is interested.

Ann Schwendler, private citizen
relation to a witness at the event

August 11, 2014

Rest in Peace, Deputy Biggs. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 29, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 92nf 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
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 12, 2012

Deputy Biggs, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

September 17, 2010

To my Great Grandfather: I never got the opportunity to know you in this life but Grandmother talked about you often when I was young. And even though we never met, when I'm out there on the street I can feel your presence guiding me through dangerous times. Because of you and men like you, we who are serving today learn the lessons of the past in order to prevent history from repeating itself.
I'm sure you already know, but your name will be added to the National Memorial Wall this year and it is my Great Honor to be present and represent you when your name is read. So rest easy Sir, the watch is mine and I will not fail to uphold my oath to protect and serve just as you did.
Your Great Grandson.

Officer Jimmie Smith
Great Grandson - Abilene TX, PD

May 8, 2007

Rest in peace Brother Sidney, you are a true Hero and will never be forgotten for your service and Courage.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Okla. Police Dept.

March 12, 2007

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