Thursday July 19th, 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the death of Captain Elmer Krueger of the Merrill Police Department. Captain Krueger was shot in the line of duty on July 12th, 1952 outside of the Lincoln County Jail after making an arrest of an intoxicated man. While escorting the man to the jail the suspect pulled out a hidden gun and shot Krueger four times.
Krueger was brought to Holy Cross Hospital (now Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center) where he died one week later from his injuries. He left behind a young wife and two small children.
To mark the anniversary the Merrill Police Department will place a wreath at the memorial marker which stands near the spot where Krueger was shot. The wreath placing which will be an informal event will take place at around 10:00 AM. Chief Ken Neff will be available until early afternoon to provide interviews about Captain Krueger’s sacrifice. Elmer Krueger was the only Merrill Police Department Officer to ever give his life in the line of duty.
The wreath was donated by Michael and Robert Caylor and Blooming Wishes of Merrill.