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Fauquier deputies remember their fallen

Wednesday, May. 14 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Fauquier County Sheriff's Office
If you walk up Lee Street this week, you may see a memorial wreath by a plaque near the county jail.

The memorial is for two Fauquier deputies who died in the line of duty. This week is National Police Week, in which law agencies across the country memorialize officers who have died in the performance of their duties.

On July 9, 1990, Sgt. Charles "Chuck" Murray was killed when an Amtrak passenger train, going 79 miles per hour, struck his cruiser at a crossing near Calverton.

Murray was not supposed to be on duty until later in the evening, but had agreed to cover another deputy's shift.

Murray, who was 27, had started his career with the Sheriff's Office in 1980 as an emergency dispatcher.

On July 5, 1972, Deputy John Henry Walter was killed, along with two Bedford, Pa. residents in a head-on collision in Stafford County on U.S. 17.

Walter was in a cruiser driven by another deputy trying to pass a tractor-trailer about half a mile west of Falmouth. While passing the truck, the cruiser hit a car driven by Clifford Cornelius and his wife Gladys, both of Bradford, who also died in the crash.

Walter had been working as a sheriff's deputy for two years, one of Sheriff Luther Cox's first hires.

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