Wisconsin town honors police officer killed 82 years ago

Purple Heart
Purple Heart

STOUGHTON, Wis. (AP) – A small town in southern Wisconsin has honored a police officer killed in the line of duty 82 years ago.

Norwegian immigrant Paul Kraby was recognized for his service to Stoughton at a ceremony Saturday.

The Stoughton Police Department awarded Kraby the Police Purple Heart. The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/2dJUM81 ) reports members of his family accepted the award.

The 43-year-old Kraby was on patrol near a coal yard when a gunman shot 18 pellets into his head early Sept. 30, 1934. Investigators believe the killer waited for Kraby to pass by.

Kraby became an officer about nine months before he was killed. Residents called him a well-liked policeman, and many suspect he was not the intended target.

A former officer was acquitted of Kraby’s murder. No one was ever convicted.


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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