Murdered officer remembered a century after his death

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – A police officer who died in Cumberland County 100 years ago this week is finally getting county recognition.

John Beisser was a 36-year-old Pennsylvania Railroad Police officer when he stopped two men for trespassing on railroad property in Wormleysburg on Oct. 20, 1916. One of the men shot Beisser and a fellow officer. Beisser died, but his partner survived.

The shooter, Archie Miller, was captured, tried, convicted, and executed a year later.

Beisser’s death in the line of duty went unrecorded in the history of Cumberland County law enforcement until its discovery by a local historian.

In a ceremony Wednesday morning, Beisser was recognized as the latest honoree of the Cumberland County Law Enforcement Memorial.

Beisser and 11 other police officers from various departments in Cumberland County are honored for making the ultimate sacrifice for the residents they served.

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