SALYERSVILLE, Ky (LEX 18) The current police chief in Salyersville is determined to have their former chief honored at the fallen officer's memorial in Kentucky and Washington D.C. Until recently, not many knew about the fallen chief.
Chief Matthew Watson said he stumbled across the information about Lewis Marshall on Facebook. He said he made some phone calls and the current Salyersville Chief discovered that their former chief was shot and killed in the line of duty 81 years ago.
"I've been here 25 years, and I had no clue this man had died in the line of duty," said Watson.
Watson recently discovered an Officer Down Memorial page online. Although older city records were destroyed in a flood, one local historian tells Watson he remembers going to Lewis' funeral.
"It's amazing that Mr. Allen is still with us and he has all this information. because everyone else I talked to, nobody knows," said Watson.
Allen said that Lewis arrested a man for being drunk in public. He walked the man to the jail without searching him. The man was put into the cell and then he pulled out a pistol and opened fire.
"He died in the line of duty. Therefore, I feel it is our obligation to have him put on the memorial," said Watson.
A few of Marshal's great-grandchildren have been in contact with Chief Watson and he said they will be brought to Richmond if the officer is honored.