Newton PD and Harvey County Fallen Heroes

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Carlos B. King - End of Watch September 23, 1871Carlos B King Grave in Greenwood Cemetary

Carlos B. King was hired by the citizens of what is now Newton in September 1871 as a police officer. King was also a Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy (Newton was at this time still part of Sedgwick County).  On Sept. 23, 1871, King ordered a man named Thomas Edwards to give up his gun and to leave town.  Apparently, Edwards did give up his gun and was thrown out of town.  However, a couple of hours later Edwards, who had obtained a Derringer, met King on the street, placed the gun to King's chest and fired, killing King.  Edwards was never apprehended.  One person (whose name has been lost with time) stated "Thus perished Officer King, whom there was not a better gentleman, nor truer friend and no more respected man in Newton."  King was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.


Officer Down Memorial Page for Deputy/Officer Carlos B. King.


Albert "Jack" Dufriend - End of Watch November 22, 1928

Night Police Chief Albert Harmon "Jack" Dufriend was responding to the report of a robbery at the Broadway grocery store with another night police officer, Paul Dutton.  Dufriend had a lung hemorrhage, while en route to the call, and died shortly after being taken to the Rexall Drug Store by Officer Dutton.  The hemorrhaging was believed to be a caused by a combination of Dufriend's asthma and the excitement of the call.  Dufriend was buried in the Walton Cemetery.

Officer Down Memorial Page for Night Police Chief Albert "Jack" Dufriend.


Harry L. Bolin - End of Watch June 17, 1932

On June 15, 1932, Assistant Chief Harry L. Bolin and two other officers, Patrolman Charles Kingsbury and Santa Fe Railroad Special Officer C.E. Atwell, were following a vehicle suspected of transporting illegal alcohol.  The police car was being driven without headlights in an attempt to get closer to the suspect vehicle.  The police car ran off the roadway and struck a culvert bannister on West Broadway.  Bolin, who broke a rib which punctured his lung, died as a result of his injuries at 8:55 p.m. on June 17, 1932.  Kingsbury and Atwell were also injured in the accident.  Bolin was survived by his wife, Ada, and 10-year-old son, Claude.  Bolin was buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

Officer Down Memorial Page for Assistant Chief Harry Bolin.


Kurt Ford - End of Watch April 9, 2005

Deputy Kurt Ford

Harvey County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Ford, a member of the Harvey County Emergency Response Team (ERT), along with the rest of the ERT, responded to assist Newton Police officers for a hostage call-out.  Newton Police responded to a domestic disturbance and when officers arrived, the suspect took a female hostage.  Three hours into the standoff, the suspect started to attack the hostage.  The ERT team made a forced entry and was met with gunfire from the suspect, who had two handguns.  Ford was fatally shot in the head, and another ERT member was shot twice, but survived.  The suspect remained barricaded for another five hours before being arrested.  The suspect, a previously convicted felon, was convicted of capitol murder and sentenced to life in prison.  Ford was survived by his wife and two sons.

Officer Down Memorial Page for Deputy Kurt Ford.