Line of Duty Deaths
(1861 - 2011)

Augustus T. Wright
Keeper
Clinton State Prison
July 11, 1861

Mr. Wright was struck with an iron bar during an attack at the iron ore processing plant when seven inmates escaped from the prison.

Edwin A. Craft
Keeper
Sing Sing State Prison
March 18, 1869

Mr. Craft was escorting five inmates to work in the mess hall when he was overpowered and strangled during an escape from the prison.

Harry A. Casler
Keeper
Auburn State Prison
February 1, 1877

Mr. Casler was supervising an inmate work detail outside of the prison when an inmate delivered a fatal blow to the head with a shovel.

George McKelvey
Principal Keeper
Elmira Reformatory
May 6, 1880

Mr. McKelvey entered a cell to handcuff an inmate for a disciplinary infraction when he was fatally stabbed in the heart with a knife.

Archibald W. Benedict
Prison Guard
Auburn State Prison
January 9, 1901

Mr. Benedict was supervising 17 inmates in the cloth shop when he was struck with an iron bar and then shot with his service revolver.

Dennis O'Brien
Officer
Clinton State Prison
January 11, 1904

Officer O'Brien was posted to a railway station in search of two escaped inmates. As he approached a train on a siding to search it, he was struck by a passing train and killed instantly.

Nellie Wicks
Head Attendant
Matteawan State Hospital
September 27, 1906

Miss Wicks had been employed at the hospital for the criminally insane one year when she was stabbed by an inmate. She had planned to leave the hospital in four days to enroll in nursing school.

Daniel J. McCarthy
Officer
Sing Sing State Prison
June 22, 1916

Mr. McCarthy was shot to death by an escaping inmate who was awaiting execution. The inmate was recaptured and executed eight days later.

Dr. Charles H. North
Superintendent
Dannemora State Hospital
December 12, 1917

Dr. North, Superintendent for 13 years at the hospital for insane criminals, had finished speaking with an inmate when the inmate stabbed him in the back with a chisel.

Charles J. Gunter
Officer
Clinton State Prison
April 17, 1919

Mr. Gunter, assigned to the prison TB hospital, was struck on the head during an attempted escape by two inmates.

Joseph A. Weitekamp
Shop Foreman
Clinton State Prison
March 19, 1922

Mr. Weitekamp fought a fire alone in the shop until staff responded. He died from burns and smoke inhalation.

Jesse Christian
Guard
Institution For Defective Delinquents
July 24, 1923

Mr. Christian was a guard at an institution, later known as Eastern Correctional Facility, when he was struck on the head during a mess hall riot.

James B. Durnin
Principal Keeper
AuburnState Prison
November 17, 1927

Mr. Durnin was attacked and fatally stabbed by an inmate with an improvised knife as he stood outside the mess hall door.

George A. Durnford
Principal Keeper
AuburnState Prison
December 11, 1929

Armed inmates had taken the prison's warden hostage in an escape plot. Mr. Durnford confronted the rioters and was shot.

Edward B. Beckwith
Principal Keeper
Auburn State Prison
March 5, 1930

Mr. Beckwith was in the mess hall when he was suddenly attacked and stabbed seven times by an inmate.

Daniel J. Nickerson
Guard
Clinton State Prison
March 25, 1934

An inmate stabbed Mr. Nickerson to death when he came to the assistance of other Officers under attack.

James H. Donovan
Keeper
Auburn State Prison
March 21, 1940

Mr. Donovan was killed by an inmate who struck him on the head with an eight-pound iron handle from a machine.

John Hartye
Guard
Sing Sing State Prison
April 14, 1941

Three inmates, armed with smuggled revolvers, shot Mr. Hartye during a morning escape from the prison hospital.

Edward T. Cunnigham
Correction Sergeant
Attica Correctional Facility
September 13, 1971

Mr. Cunningham died while held hostage by inmates during a prison riot.

John J. D'Arcangelo, Jr.
Correction Officer
Attica Correctional Facility
September 13, 1971

Mr. D'Arcangelo died while held hostage by inmates during a prison riot.

Elmer G. Hardie
Industrial Training Supervisor
Attica Correctional Facility
September 13, 1971

Mr. Hardie died while held hostage by inmates during a prison riot.

Herbert W. Jones, Jr.
Industrial Account Clerk
Attica Correctional Facility
September 13, 1971

Mr. Jones died while held hostage by inmates during a prison riot.

Richard J. Lewis
Correction Officer
Attica Correctional Facility
September 13, 1971

Mr. Lewis died while held hostage by inmates during a prison riot.

John G. Monteleone
Industrial Training Supervisor
Attica Correctional Facility
September 13, 1971

Mr. Monteleone died while held hostage by inmates during a prison riot.

William E. Quinn
Correction Officer
Attica Correctional Facility
September 11, 1971

Mr. Quinn was struck on the head and killed by inmates during the first day of the Attica riot.

Carl W. Valone
Correction Officer
Attica Correctional Facility
September 13, 1971

Mr. Valone died while held hostage by inmates during a prison riot.

Elon F. Werner
Industrial Account Clerk
Attica Correctional Facility
September 13, 1971

Mr. Werner died while held hostage by inmates during a prison riot.

Ronald D.Werner
Correction Officer
Attica Correctional Facility
September 13, 1971

Mr. Werner died while held hostage by inmates during a prison riot.

Harrison W.Whalen
Correction Officer
Attica Correctional Facility
October 9, 1971

Mr. Whalen died from injuries he sustained while held hostage by inmates during a prison riot.

Barry Sutherland
Parole Officer
New York City
December 13, 1976

Mr. Sutherland, a Parole Officer with the Division of Parole and Department of Correctional Services, was shot while apprehending a parolee.

Nancy Vial
Food Services Cook
Attica Correctional Facility
August 5, 1977

Mrs. Vial had been employed less than one year when she was strangled by an inmate in the food service area.

Donna A.Payant
Correction Officer
Green Haven Correctional Facility
March 15, 1981

Mrs. Payant was strangled by an inmate less than one month after becoming a correction officer.

Raymond Rinaldi
Parole Officer
New York City
May 22, 1981

Mr. Rinaldi was killed in a highway accident while driving to Rikers Island to lodge a parole violation warrant for a recently apprehended fugitive.

Claude W.Cromie
Correction Officer
Clinton Correctional Facility
February 6, 1982

Mr. Cromie was escorting a disruptive inmate from the dayroom of a housing unit when he was assaulted and suffered a fatal heart attack.

Brian Rooney
Parole Officer
New York City
October 10, 1985

Mr. Rooney was shot and killed on a street in Queens while performing his Parole Officer duties.

Anthony Libertone
Parole Officer
Syracuse
June 12, 1986

Mr. Libertone was driving a vehicle en route to conduct field investigations when a tire fell from a truck, striking his windshield, and killing him instantly.

P. Michael Petrosino
Correction Officer
Auburn Correctional Facility
October 24 1991

Assigned to a hospital ward to guard inmates with drug-resistant tuberculosis, Mr. Petrosino also contracted the disease and died.

Theodore Clark
Parole Officer
Elmira
April 22, 1993

Mr. Clark was on-duty driving a vehicle when he was struck by another driver who had lost control of thier vehicle.

Frank J. Mydlarz
Correction Officer
Great Meadow Correctional Facility
August 1, 1999

Mr. Mydlarz had assisted in subduing and escorting an inmate, following an inmate assault on staff incident in the mess hall, when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

Sharyn DeBose-Dover
Parole Officer
New York City
October 13, 1999

Ms. Debose-Dover was killed in an on-duty automobile accident on the Taconic State Parkway. Another Parole Officer was injured in the accident .

Jeffrey Woolson
Parole Officer
Syracuse
March 19, 2009

Mr. Woolson was travelling in a vehicle en route to an assignment in Oswego County when he lost control of his vehicle on an icy road, striking a tree.

Casimiro Pomales
Correction Officer
Eastern NY Correctional Facility
January 28, 2011

Mr. Pomales was transporting an inmate when the van was forced off the highway and down an embankment.