Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Deputy Warden Galen C. Walker Age: 48 years old Tour: 10 years Department of Correction End of Watch: Monday, December 15, 1856
Deputy Warden Walker was stabbed to death by an inmate at the Charleston State Prison.

The inmate, was was serving a 12-year sentence for attempting to murder his wife by cutting her throat with a razor, was walking in file with other prisoners from the prison chapel following morning services. The suspect then stopped and handed Deputy Warden Walker a note that read, "Mr. Walker, you have not used me well." As Deputy Warden Walker turned to read the note, the suspect seized him from behind and stabbed him in the chest. Several prisoners attempted to restrain the suspect, but the suspect was able to stab Deputy Warden Walker a second time, this time in the neck, killing him.

Two weeks later another inmate stabbed Warden Solon Tenney in the neck with a knife, killing him. That inmate told an investigating Coroner that he got the idea to stab Warden Tenney in the neck after hearing about this incident.

Deputy Warden Walker had served with the Massachusetts Department of Correction for 10 years and was survived by his wife.

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