Blue Friday of New York

Honoring Those Who Protect and Serve

Schoharie County Sheriff's Office

End of Watch: July 17, 1930 

Sheriff Henry SteadmanSchoharie County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Steadman succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while arresting a man for car theft. The suspect shot Sheriff Steadman as he searched the suspect. The man had concealed a handgun in his sock and it was missed when other officers initially had searched him.

The suspect was convicted of Sheriff Steadman's murder and executed on July 23, 1931.

Sheriff Steadman had been with the agency for 6 months. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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End of Watch: September 8, 1912 

Deputy Sheriff Loren J. VeleySchoharie County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Veley was shot and killed after responding to the sounds of an explosion. He was on patrol when he heard the explosion and discovered that several men had bombed the safe at the post office. As he investigated the scene he was shot in the abdomen. He was able to walk to a local doctor's office but succumbed to the wound the following day. One suspect was apprehended.

Deputy Veley was survived by his wife and child.

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End of Watch: October 9, 1818 

Deputy Sheriff William HuddlestonSchoharie County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Huddleston was killed when he went to a residence to serve papers and collect a fine. The occupant of the residence beat Deputy Huddleston to death with a wooden stake, then buried his body in a shallow grave. The suspect buried Deputy Huddleston on his farm and then fled to Canada on Deputy Huddleston's horse. He was returned to New York where he was convicted of Deputy Huddleston's murder and hung on March 19, 1819.

Deputy Huddleston had been with the Schoharie County Sheriff's Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.

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