Fairfield sheriff to be honored -- 117 years after line-of-duty death
Exactly 117 years to the day that he died while arresting a stabbing suspect at the Fairfield rail depot, Fairfield County Deputy Sheriff Francis Pike's name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officer's memorial in Washington, D.C.
"I don't think there's anyone who doesn't get the significance of that. Whether it was one week ago, or 100 years ago, we have to honor that," said Police Chief Gary MacNamara.
Pike was 38, and also Fairfield's town clerk. He'd gone to the train station on May 13, 1894, in an attempt to arrest a stabbing suspect when he suffered a heart attack and died.
"Deputy Sheriff Pike should be honored for what he did for the community back then," MacNamara said.
Sgt. Greg Gunter uncovered the circumstances surrounding Pike's death while researching the Police Department's history a few years ago, MacNamara said. Since they could find no family, the department took it upon itself to make application to the memorial fund to have Pike's name added.
They just received word that will take place this year during National Police Week. In a strange coincidence, the ceremony will be held on May 13.
"The one missing piece is we have yet to find any relatives," MacNamara said. Pike was single when he died. The department is hoping that if any relatives are out there, that they will contact the department.
News reports at the time indicated that a John Sandis, also referred to as simply a Hungarian, or Louis, was arrested for stabbing another man with a knife during an argument at the train station. Alcohol was reportedly involved.
Anyone with information about Pike's relatives should contact Sgt. Greg Gunter at 203-154-4808.