Relatives and law enforcement officials Wednesday traveled to a remote area of Jefferson County to a recently discovered grave to honor an officer killed in the line of duty 146 years ago. Relatives of Washington County Constable Samuel T. Herrington traveled from as far as North Carolina to join the sheriffs of Jefferson and Washington counties, the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety and more than 100 others for the ceremony honoring their ancestor.
Herrington died at age 32 on Oct. 4, 1871, leaving behind a wife and three young sons. His death is among the 30 earliest Missouri law enforcement line-of-duty deaths commemor ated on Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial in Jefferson City. Herrington is also honored on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. But the exact location of Herrington’s grave was a mystery until May, when it was discovered by historical grave hunter Tim Ogle. Ogle is a member of three historical organizations – the Jefferson County Heritage and Historical Society, the Franklin County Cemetery Society and the O’Fallon, Ill., Historical Society.