An overdue recognition will be given to a Sheriff who died from injuries sustained on duty in 1886. Cheshire County Sheriff Eli Rivera will honor Deputy Sheriff John Stratton Walker, Sr. on May 19 during the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Officers Ceremony, at 10:00 am in the Cheshire County Complex.
After research, the Sheriff’s Department discovered that on March16, of 1886 Mr. Charles Jennings of Walpole NH struck Deputy Sheriff Walker with an axe in the head and arm. Walker had been assisting Mrs. Jennings a victim of domestic abuse; remove some of her belongings from the home. Deputy Sheriff Walker died on April 22, 1886 from the injuries he received. Charles Jennings was indicted on 2nd degree murder and latter pled guilty to manslaughter.
The New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial committee has voted and approved the induction of Deputy Walker on the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall located in Concord, NH. In addition, inclusion of Walker to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is pending.