Posthumous Honor for Deputy Sheriff 117 Years Later

A Connecticut deputy sheriff who died in the line of duty is being honored in the nation’s capital exactly 117 years after his death.

Fairfield County deputy Francis Pike’s name is set to be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during a ceremony today. He died on May 13, 1894, of a heart attack when he went to the Fairfield train station to arrest a suspect in a stabbing.

Fairfield Police Sergeant Greg Gunter uncovered Pike’s death while researching the department’s history a few years ago. Pike was 38, single and also served as the town clerk.

The officers memorial is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

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