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Today is Anniversary of First Peace Officer Killed in Line of Duty

By Ryan Dedmon

On this day in history (July 23, 1872), Anaheim Police Township Constable Charles Lehman was the first peace officer to lose his life in Anaheim. 

He was shot when he tried to intervene in an argument two men were having over a card game. 

A police officer for only 10 months, Lehman, 44, was survived by his wife and infant daughter.

To read more, visit the Officer Down Memorial Page. The website seeks to document and organize for agencies nationwide peace officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history.

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