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Texas Officer's Research Leads to Honors for Oregon Deputy Killed in 1880s by Lynch Mob

December 12, 2011  | 

Seventeen years after retiring from the Dallas County Sheriff's Department in Texas, Terry Baker handles cases colder than any he saw during his 39-year career.

Baker, 73, researches law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty decades ago so they can be added to state and national memorials honoring their sacrifice. Of the 243 officers he's found, all but three were from Texas.
 
One of them is from Oregon: J.F. Lewis, a Lake County, Ore., sheriff's deputy killed in a shootout while preventing a prisoner from being lynched in 1880. Because of Baker's work, Lewis' name will be added to a state memorial in Salem in May 2012, more than 130 years after his death.

Read Full Story at: OregonLive.com


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