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Railroad Detective S. W. Everson

Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Saturday, February 10, 1912

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Reflections for Railroad Detective S. W. Everson

Within three months between October 1911 and February 1912 Bedford County, Tennessee experienced the deaths of three law enforcement officers. Officers Redin G. Purdie and Charles A. Henry were murdered in cold blood by a drunk, good for nothing, seeking revenge for an earlier arrest. Additionally, in February 1912 three other drunken assailants threw railroad Detective Squire W. Everson off a moving train near Bellbuckle Tn. over an argument over a whiskey bottle. As of this writing, (July 2019) I am writing a book (yet to be titled) encompassing the deaths of these three brave men. It truly was a sad time for the county and especially for the families of these three brave men.

Terry L Coats- Officer
Metro Nashville Police Department

July 24, 2019

The Promise: Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

July 9, 2015

It has been 100 years ago today that you lost your life in the service of the NC&St.L. RIP Sir.

Terry Coats
President- NC&St.L Preservation Society.

Officer Terry L. Coats
Metro Nashville Police Department

February 9, 2013

As a retired policeman and as the current president of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St Louis Ry. Preservation Society I have written an article about the death of this brave officer and about the death of Special Officer Felix Presson who also worked for the NC&St.L Ry and who too was killed in the line of duty in Memphis in 1937.
The articles can be obtained from the Dixie Flyer Newsletter of the NC&St.L Preservation Society.
May God rest both your soles.

Officer Terry L. Coats
Metro Nashville Police Department

February 3, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th 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.

Time never dimishes respect, not even 98 years.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 10, 2010

No one should take the law into their own hands, but I find it difficult to feel any remorse over the death of Detective Everson's murderers. He died as a result of doing his job and attempting to stop a fight which might well have caused injury to one of those involved. What did their fight gain? Nothing but pain and death.

Detective Everson, it's been 96 years since your tragic demise and I'm glad your sacrifice is now recognized on this fine web site. You are a hero.

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

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

December 19, 2008

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