CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire officials have recognized a Cheshire County deputy sheriff who was killed 130 years ago as the state’s first officer to die in the line of duty.

WMUR-TV reports Deputy Sheriff John Walker Sr. died on April 22, 1886, from injuries he sustained while investigating an incident on March 16, 1886.

Walker responded to a call involving a woman who had filed for divorce from her husband and asked police to help move out some personal belongings. The woman’s husband attacked Walker with an ax after a box of disputed items was taken.

Walker died a little over a month later from blood poisoning and typhoid fever, which authorities tied to the attack. He will be honored Friday at the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony.


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