Fallen Seneca County Corrections Officer Remembered

Walter Gable, Seneca County Historian recently visited the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Gable is shown here presenting an “etching” of the name of John Walters, the only member of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office to have been killed in the line of duty, to Seneca County Sheriff Jack Stenberg. Gable also presented a National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall flag to Undersheriff Gary Sullivan who worked with him to permanently honor Walters.“As we were working on the accreditation process, we came across a small reference to a turnkey (corrections officer) who was killed in the line of duty in 1887″‘ said Sullivan. “I contacted Walt Gable, Seneca County Historian and he sent me information he had in his office about this tragic death. I presented an idea to Sheriff Stenberg that we should honor his sacrifice and we all agreed that John Walters ultimate line of duty sacrifice should be immortalized forever and he should not be forgotten” continued Sullivan.”The Fratto family at Geneva Granite jumped at the chance to donate a granite memorial which we had placed by the flagpole at the entrance to the main lobby at the Law Enforcement Center. A wreath sits alongside the granite year round . The Sheriff dedicated the training room as the John Walters Memorial Training Room, which is complete with the story about his service and untimely death. As we conduct training of our Deputies and others, his story is a reminder of the dangerous work we do. Lastly, we petitioned to have John Walters name added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. In December 2009, we received official notification that his name would be added to the Memorial Wall on May 13, 2010″ said Undersheriff Sullivan.”We will be framing the etching and flag which will be placed in the John Walters Training Room next to the exhibit that tells the story of his service and ultimate sacrifice. The story of his service to the Citizens of Seneca County should not go untold and his memory should not be forgotten and in a small way, we have preserved his memory forever. It was an honor for all of us who worked on this project to ensure John Walter’s sacrifice is not forgotten” said Undersheriff Sullivan.The story of John Walters’ line of duty death can be found on the Seneca County Sheriff’s website at https:\sheriff.co.seneca.ny.us

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