Officer Festus Sprague

Officer Festus Sprague

End of Watch: 

May 3, 1870

Age: 38
Grantsville Police Department
Homicide: Handgun

Officer Festus Sprague was killed during a gun battle with a homicide suspect. 

Officer Sprague was a member of a posse pursuing the killer of U.S. Marshal William Story, who was shot to death the day before in Grantsville. Upon cornering the suspect in a canyon south of town, shots were exchanged, and both the suspect and Officer Sprague were killed. A second posse member was wounded. Officer Sprague was married and the father of four children. He is buried in Grantsville City Cemetery.  

The bronze memorial name plaque of Officer Festus Sprague is sponsored by the Grantsville Police Department.

Fallen Officers