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Fallen Police Officer Honored in Grafton

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A fallen Grafton police officer was honored on Tuesday evening, nearly 100 years after being killed in the line of duty.

James E. B. Phillips was the Grafton chief of police when he was shot in the line of duty in 1919.

On Tuesday, he was honored and remembered with a ceremony and plaque presentation.

Police officers, city officials, and family members gathered to see the unveiling of the plaque that will hang on the outside of the Grafton Municipal Building.

Family members in attendance said it was an honor to see the plaque.

"I think it was great, we really enjoyed it and everything was real nice," said Beatrice Carpenter, Phillips' great granddaughter.

Family members traveled from Ohio to see the unveiling including Sherri Wise, Phillips' great-great-granddaughter.

"It was an honor to see the unveiling and to see how they felt about the chief of police here and it was an honor to be invited," said Wise.

Brenda Thompson is a member of Grafton City Council and the president of the Grafton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. It was Thompson's idea to get the plaque made.

"I can't even explain how important it was. I just felt like anybody that would give their life for the community should have an honor somewhere. I wanted to make it right for him," said Thompson.

Phillips was shot in Grafton in 1919 when he was attempting to arrest Jacob Lutz, who had two pints of illegal liquor in his possession.

Lutz was identified as a bootlegger and was sentenced to death by hanging in 1921.

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