Type of Officer: Rock Island Railway Police
Death Date: 1/11/1922
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Rock Island Railway policeman Waers was brought to Herington to assist in an ongoing investigation concerning nine murders in the railroad yards over the past five years. Waers, it was later learned, evidently interrupted two men stealing coal from the yards and was shot when he attempted to arrest them. Waers and other railroad police had been cooperating with local authorities at the time of his death. After his killing, additional railroad police were brought into the case and Waers’ two killers were identified.