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Deputy Sheriff Charles J. Kammerlohr

Oneida County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch Friday, July 8, 1921

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Charles J. Kammerlohr

Deputy Sheriff Kammerlohr,
Even though it’s been 100 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Oneida County.


United States Border Patrol

July 10, 2021

Deputy killed a century ago, honored in ceremony

Posted Friday, July 9, 2021
Rome Sentinel News

MEMORIAL UNVEILED — David Corr, himself the father of a slain police officer, unveiled the new memorial plaque for Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Krammerlohr, who was killed in the line of duty 100 years ago Thursday. The new memorial will sit alongside Krammerlohr’s original headstone on the right.

UTICA — Killed in the line of duty 100 years ago attempting to stop some bootleggers, Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Kammerlohr was honored on Thursday at his gravesite in the Forest Hills Cemetery.

A new memorial plaque has also been added to his plot to mark the centennial anniversary.

According to history, Deputy Charles “Charlie” Kammerlohr and his partner pulled over a suspected bootlegging truck on Whitesboro Street in Utica on July 8, 1921, within the first years of Prohibition. Authorities said Kammerlohr stepped up onto the truck’s running board and was immediately blasted with gunfire, shooting him in the heart.

Officials said Kammerlohr was able to get a few shots off as he fell, wounding both suspects — one of whom would die from his injuries two days later.

Kammerlohr died as he hit the ground, officials said, the first member of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office to be killed in the line of duty. He was 37.

“Deputy Kammerlohr fought for our community. His sacrifice will never be forgotten,” said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri at a memorial service on Wednesday.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Kammerlohr’s death, the Officer Joseph D. Corr Foundation purchased a new memorial plaque and gravestone to sit alongside Kammerlohr’s original headstone at the Forest Hills Cemetery on Oneida Street.

The new plaque and gravestone were unveiled on Wednesday at a small memorial service, attended by local law enforcement leaders and the families of other recently slain officers.

“We do this so that we will keep a promise to never forget their memories,” said David Corr at the ceremony.

New Hartford Police Officer Joseph D. Corr was shot in the line of duty chasing a carload of thieves on Feb. 26, 2006. His parents, David and Kathleen Corr, now run a foundation in his name to memorialize and remember other fallen officers.

David Corr said his organization helped clean up the Kammerlohr plot in the cemetery.

The Corrs were joined on Wednesday by the families of Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt B. Wyman, who was killed on June 7, 2011, and Whitesboro Patrolman Kevin F. Crossley, who was killed on April 11, 2018. Corr said they were unable to find any surviving members of Kammerlohr’s family. The ceremony was attended by members of the Rome, Utica and New Hartford police departments, as well as the state police, Department of Environmental Conservation Police, the Sheriff’s Office and security from Hamilton College.

Retired Police Officer

July 9, 2021

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 8, 2020

RIP, may his soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

January 30, 2018

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

July 15, 2015

I said a little prayer today for Deputy Sheriff Kammerlohr and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

June 24, 2013

As we continue with duty and service I thank you for your dedication & sacrifice. Your family here in Oneida County will not let you be forgotten. Rest in Peace

Oneida County Sheriff's Office

January 4, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 91rst anniversary year 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

November 27, 2012

Deputy Sheriff Kammerlohr,
Sir, it has taken over 91 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Oneida County.


United States Border Patrol

November 26, 2012

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 19, 2012

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