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Special Officer Travis W. Greer

Southern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Tuesday, January 4, 1921

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Reflections for Special Officer Travis W. Greer

Officer Greer,
On today, the 96th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


United States Border Patrol

January 4, 2017

The layers of tragedy here are overwhelming. I personally believe (no proof-speculation) that the man may have been taking the coal as a last resort to keep his family warm or even just him. But it was an act of desperation. Why he would murder a man who caught him over some coal is astoundingly insane.

The loss of a law enforcement officer over coal is mind boggling, but I've never been desperate. It's not an excuse though.

To LYNCH this man was a disgrace. Unless that mob knew something that is not mentioned here, even if they did, that was NOT the way to administer justice and I feel did Special Officer Greer an Injustice.

Regardless, you died doing your job and Officer Greer, you are a hero. I can only hope that your descendants have made you proud by being heroes in their own right.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

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

September 18, 2016

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