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Johnson Co. sheriff killed in 1902 to be honored

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CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A Johnson County sheriff who was killed in the line of duty in 1902 will be among fallen law enforcement officers honored at a vigil in Washington, D.C.

John Hall Powers has been sheriff since 1890 when he was fatally shot when trying to stop a Clarksville bank robbery. Two men were hanged for the killing, though the man believed to have fired the fatal shot was never brought to justice.

Four people blasted into the bank vault in the middle of the night and Powers was killed when he intervened.

Current Sheriff Jimmy Dorney says his office submitted the historical information to get Powers' name placed at the national memorial.

The Southwest Times Record reports (http://is.gd/G74THI ) Powers is to be honored Monday at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

 

Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/

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