DES MOINES, Iowa -- It is with great pride the State of Iowa takes time to honor officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. At a ceremony today on the Capitol Complex, four officers were officially added to the Peace Officers’ Memorial.
This year, there are four peace officers who will be formally honored:
Knoxville Police Department, Officer Marion “Bert” Conrey, E.O.W. 04-02-1938
Officer Conrey was attacked while on duty on March 17, 1938, by an intoxicated couple.
Cedar Falls Police Department, Officer Everett Dutcher, E.O.W. 07-31-1945
Officer Dutcher was killed in a crash while on duty on 07-31-1945. Officer Dutcher not only served as an Officer with the police department, but also as a volunteer firefighter and was killed when the apparatus he was riding in to a fire was struck by a train.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, Special Deputy Claude Dail, E.O.W. 08-25-1932
Special Deputy Dail was accidentally killed in the line of duty on 8-25-1932. Deputy Dail was being instructed by another deputy on the use of a “riot gun” in preparation for the “Farmers Holiday Strike,” when the gun discharged striking Deputy Dail in the abdomen.
Osceola Police Department, Deputy Marshal Richard Eggleston, E.O.W. 11-22-1917
Marshal Eggleston was killed in the line of duty on 11-22-1917. Marshal Eggleston was assisting with a fire on the town square, when an explosion occurred, causing a wall to fall on Marshal Eggleston, crushing him.
Please take time today to honor the men and women who have died to protect and serve, as well as, give thanks to those officers who continue to work in our communities every day.
Visit the Iowa Department of Public Safety web site to view a list of the 177 officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the State of Iowa.
For questions, please contact Sergeant Nathan Ludwig, Iowa State Patrol, PIO, (515) 745-2863.