Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Deputy Sheriff Richard F. Lawton Tour: 5 years Hampden County Sheriff End of Watch: Tuesday, January 11, 1916
Deputy Sheriff Richard Lawton was shot and killed in Russell when he attempted to arrest a man at a home on Russell Street, in Russell, on a warrant charging threats to assault his wife.

The suspect was arrested minutes later by a local constable. On January 29th, 1917, the man pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Lawton had served with the Hampden County Sheriff's Department for five years.

Remembering …

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The Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial will serve as a permanent reminder of their dedication and ultimate sacrifice.

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