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Fallen Lewis County jail guard to be honored on national memorial

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LOWVILLE — Nearly 56 years after Lewis County jail guard Patrick J. Fogarty was killed in the line of duty, he will be recognized on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Fogarty’s name will be engraved on one of two curving 304-foot-long blue-gray marble walls that make up the monument.

An application for his inclusion on the monument was submitted in December by Lewis County Sheriff Michael P. Carpinelli.

Mr. Fogarty “was reviewed by the board and they voted to include him,” Carolie Heyliger, memorial programs research manager, said Wednesday afternoon via a phone interview.

Officials from Lewis County had not yet received word of the decision, as a letter had yet to arrive.

Sheriff Carpinelli did not immediately return a phone call.

Upon learning of the decision, Undersheriff James M. Monnat said he planned to attend the ceremony in Washington, D.C., in May during National Police Week.

Mr. Fogarty, 77, died of a heart attack in August 1958 shortly after being attacked and beaten by three inmates at the Lewis County jail, 7514 S. State St. Those inmates, Lyle N. Hoage, 18, George Lambert, 25, and Hubert R. Carr, 20, subsequently escaped the jail. They were captured less than two hours later in a cornfield just outside the village. The three were found guilty of manslaughter and served terms of 10 to 20 years in state prison.

Mr. Fogarty had served as a deputy sheriff for 15 years at the time of his death.

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