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Constable Samuel T. Herrington

Concord Township Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, October 4, 1871

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Reflections for Constable Samuel T. Herrington

No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

October 4, 2020

Rest In Peace grandpa you have been thought of many times over the years story’s have been told but no one new for sure what happened to you.but now we know and you were given the proper dedication that you were deserving of your fellow officers of peace from the county sheriffs to the state police and state dignitaries, hope to see you in heaven some day

Great Great Grandson Mark Harrington
None

October 9, 2017

Rest In Peace grandpa you have been thought of many times over the years wondering what happened to you , now we know and we’re able to give you the respect that you deserved then and now.your service and dedication was beautiful you were well represented by the county sheriffs , state highway patrol and state dignitaries,by God’s will shall we meet some day.
Great Great Grandson
Mark Harrington

Mark
Grandson

October 9, 2017

The following was posted by KSDK-TV 5:52 PM. CDT October 05, 2017

Cemetery detective finds gravesite of 1800s constable killed in the line of duty

CEDAR HILL, MO - One definition of serendipity is when someone accidently finds something good. That’s what happened to cemetery detective Tim Ogle, a retired firefighter whose passion has become locating lost gravesites.

Several years ago a friend asked Ogle to search for the burial location of a Revolutionary War soldier. Ogle believes he found that gravesite, but in the process, serendipity. In a heavily wooded area in Cedar Hill, Missouri, he located the gravesite of Constable Samuel T. Herrington, killed in the line of duty in 1871.

“I dug away about eight inches of dirt and I brushed the dirt aside and I saw ‘Samuel’. I struck, for me, gold,” said Ogle. “I found something the family had been looking for for a long time.”

What Ogle found was the headstone of Samuel T. Herrington, broken into three pieces. In the 1800’s Harrington was a constable in Osage Township, which became Irondale, MO. The Missouri Democrat newspaper reported that on October 3, 1871, Herrington was serving a warrant to search for stolen property in Irondale. According to Herrington family lore, the constable wound up at an Irondale saloon where he was attacked and killed in the line of duty.

“He was killed by six men,” said Ogle. “They beat him up, then stabbed him with a Bowie knife on the front steps of a saloon in Irondale.”

Ogle and several other cemetery detectives cleared the overgrown gravesite, eventually preparing it for October 4, 2017, the 146th anniversary of Herrington’s death. Sheriff’s departments from Washington County and Jefferson County, were among the law enforcement representatives who honored Herrington with the police funeral he never got in 1871, including a 21 gun salute.

93-year old Norma Fuchs is the great granddaughter of Samuel Herrington. Fuchs traveled from North Carolina to Cedar Hill for the graveside ceremony.

“This is just what Grandpa Sam needed that he did not get when he died,” said Fuchs.

© 2017 KSDK-TV

Police Officer-Retired
New York Police Department

October 6, 2017

Today October 4, 2017 Constable Herrington was honored by the Department of Public Safety, Washington County Police, Jefferson County Police and Family Members and many others. Missouri Gov. Grietens has proclaimed today to be Constable Samuel T Herrington Day. My family is honored to say he is our relative and we hope he will always be remembered for his sacrifice.

Kelly
3rd great granddaughter

October 4, 2017

[Constable Samuel] Herrington’s death may have been more horrific than a stabbing. Newspaper reports and court documents dating to the 1870s obtained by the Post-Dispatch say Herrington was beaten to death, allegedly by McCarron and two of his brothers, when Herrington tried to serve a search warrant at their homes to look for stolen property. They knocked him down, beat him with stones, kicked him and dragged him until “he was done for,” according to the Missouri Democrat.

Rachal

July 19, 2017

Dearest great-great grandpa,
Thank you for all of your heroism & bravery.
Rest in peace.
Tonya (Harrington) Barton
(Changed spelling shortly after this occurred)

granddaughter,Tonya
family member

March 3, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 138th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Anonymous

October 19, 2009

May you continue to rest in peace. You are NOT forgotten.

PO Chris Gilyon
St. Louis County Police Department

July 25, 2008

No fallen peace officer from St. Louis County (or any other fallen officer) should be without reflection. Rest in peace, constable.

Det. Dan Jackson
St. Louis County PD

November 1, 2005

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