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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Prisons pay respect to employees who died in line of duty

  • During a week that honors correctional workers, officials at local prisons have paused to recognize employees who made an ultimate sacrifice.
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    • Employees honored

      Below are names of the seven employees killed in the line of duty at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, and dates they died:


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      Employees honored

      Below are names of the seven employees killed in the line of duty at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, and dates they died:



      • Joseph B. Waldrupe — Nov. 10, 1901



      • Andrew F. Turner — March 28, 1916



      • Edgar A. Barr — March 19, 1917



      • Andrew H. Leonard — Nov. 14, 1922



      • R.G. Warnke — June 20, 1929



      • Wayne L. Selle — July 31, 1973



      • John W. Johnson — Sept. 29, 1974



      Below are names of the seven employees killed in the line of duty at Lansing Correctional Facility, formerly Kansas State Penitentiary, and dates they died:



      • William Owens — Oct. 6, 1905



      • David Burns — Dec. 15, 1923



      • Henry Kenaga — June 20, 1954



      • Donald Martin — Aug. 19, 1978



      • Burch Slote — July 6, 1980



      • Robert Hurd — Oct. 11, 1981



      • Mark Avery — May 23, 1993

  • During a week that honors correctional workers, officials at local prisons have paused to recognize employees who made an ultimate sacrifice.
    "They did not seek glory, but glory surrounds," Capt. Dennis Treadway said Monday at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth.
    His comments came during a ceremony that honored USP employees and other Federal Bureau of Prisons staff members who were killed in the line of duty.
    A similar ceremony took place Tuesday at Lansing Correctional Facility.
    LCF Warden Rex Pryor said the ceremony honored staff members at the state prison who gave their lives and served as a reminder of the kind of tragedies that can occur in a correctional institution.
    This week is recognized as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week.
    Officials at USP and LCF have special events planned throughout the week.
    "The purpose of this week is to pay tribute to our comrades that have fallen in the line of duty in order to promote the safety and security of our nation, and for that we are grateful," USP Warden Claude Maye said.
    Seven USP employees have been killed in the line of duty. Their names, along with those of other Bureau of Prisons employees who were killed in the line of duty, were read during Monday's ceremony.
    Lt. Shane Salem rang a ceremonial bell for each fallen employee.
    The names of seven additional USP employees who died by other means while they were on duty also were read during the ceremony.
    Maye asked current staff members to "remember to take care of each other. Never become complacent."
    He said the employees work in a dangerous environment that can become volatile at any time. He asked them to be mindful of the potential sacrifice they make as they enter the prison.
    Seven LCF employees have been killed in the line of duty. The names of the fallen employees were read during Tuesday's ceremony at the state prison.
    Family members of a couple of the fallen officers were on hand.
    Among those in attendance was Berenice Johnson. She was the wife of Donald Martin, who was killed at the prison in 1978.
    "I want people to know that they had families too," she said of the fallen employees.

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