Deputy Sheriff Richard Vail

March 13, 1969

Written by 100Clubillinois

Deputy Richard Vail suffered a fatal heart attack as he and another deputy struggled with a prisoner in the county’s traffic court.

The 20-year-old prisoner, who had been charged with reckless driving, had begun arguing and fighting with other prisoners. As both deputies attempted to calm the man down, Deputy Vail was struck by the prisoner and moments later, he collapsed.

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