SHERIFF MERLIN HAYES KOERNER
Sworn into Office: Aug 5,1935
End of Watch: June 19,1961
Sheriff Merlin Hayes Koerner was selected by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to complete the unexpired term of his father, Sheriff
Phillip Charles Koerner, who had died unexpectedly from a long term illness. Sheriff Koerner took office on Monday, August 5, 1935 and quickly
made his mark on the Lincoln County Community, carrying on the family tradition. His commitment to duty and his “efficient law enforcement”
approach brought him state-wide notoriety in Law Enforcement circles.
Sheriff Koerner was a member of the National Sheriffs' Association and the Colorado Sheriff and Peace Officers' Association, having served as
president of this group in 1958 and '59. He served as the Sheriff of Lincoln County for nearly 26 years, running unopposed each election since
1942, a testament to the high regard in which he was held by the community he served.
Sheriff Koerner was on duty and en route to serve a Search Warrant on Monday, June 19, 1961. At approximately 4:30 pm, Sheriff Koerner was
northbound on Lake Street (now 4th Avenue) in the town of Hugo, in central Lincoln County. His 1959 Ford patrol car was struck broadside by a
cattle truck traveling west as he crossed US Highway 40/287. Sheriff Koerner sustained severe injuries and he passed away at approximately 8:
45 pm that evening in a Denver area emergency room.
In 2007, Sheriff Tom Nestor instituted an annual Memorial Day Service, conducted by members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and
community volunteers, with an Honor Guard consisting of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and several members of the Detention Staff
performing a 21-gun salute. Sheriff Nestor’s vision of this Service was “…to finally honor the dedication and ultimate sacrifice of this public
servant.” To date, Sheriff Koerner is the only Lincoln County Sheriff's Officer to have lost his life in the line of duty.
LINCOLN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL PAGE
Police Officer Jay Sheridan
Limon Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 004
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Committed suicide
Officer Jay Sheridan was shot and killed as he and other officers
served a fugitive arrest warrant at approximately 6:10 pm.
As the officers entered the mobile home where the subject lived
the man opened fire on them, fatally wounding Officer Sheridan.
Two other officers on the scene remained in another room in the
home and called for assistance.
The subject was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
later in the evening after a SWAT team made entry into the
Officer Sheridan had served with the Limon Police Department
for six years. He is survived by his wife and child.
|103 3rd Avenue
P.O. Box 10
Hugo, CO. 80821