Monument Unveiled to Honor Knoxville Police Officer Killed in 1938

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa -- A police officer who was killed more than 70 years ago was honored Thursday. Officer Marion Albert Conrey was patrolling the streets of Knoxville on St. Patrick's Day in 1938.The 23-year veteran of the force told a couple leaving a bar to go home and the couple attacked Officer Conrey, kicking him in the head. He died on April 2nd from his injuries.

Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada said he learned about a slain Knoxville Officer from a local radio reporter, who had been contacted by the officer's family.

"I started doing the research, and found out lo and behold we did have an officer killed in 1938," said Losada. "I did the research and found out he had never been recognized."

At the Thursday afternoon ceremony, a monument marking Conrey's service was unveiled in from the Knoxville Police station.

Conrey had 11 children, one is still living. Duane Conrey, 91, of Waukee was present at the ceremony. He was presented a plaque with a replica of the Knoxville monument to his father, and an American flag.

Chief Losada's research also turned up a story about how one rainy night Conrey and another officer were trying to help some motorists with a flat tire.

"They happened to have the keys to the local tire store," said Losada. "When they got to the shop the two individuals pulled a gun on the officers and kidnapped them."

Losada said they were taken as hostages to Missouri, where they were released at a local school-house.  Losada said the two bandits emptied the officers' guns of bullets, and handed their weapons back to them. The two were later captured as part of a bank robbery ring. They had stone $14,000 from a Kansas City Bank. One of the bank robbers was a member of the infamous Dillinger Gang.

His name is being added to the Peace Officer Memorial Friday, in Des Moines. His name will also be added to the National Officers Memorial in Washington DC.


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