Officer William StrongDied on June 27, 1899
Provo Police Department
Officer Strong was murdered by a transient he arrested in the city train yard. The 59-year-old victim had returned from retirement for the purposes of patrolling the depot at night for vagrants. Shortly after midnight, Officer Strong took a man into custody, unaware that he had burglarized a store in Scofield. At 400 S. University Ave., the suspect removed a .38-caliber revolver from his bedroll and shot the officer through the heart. The suspect fled and managed to elude police for nearly 24 hours. Arrested by guards posted west of the city, he was subsequently convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. In 1902, responding to a Utah Supreme Court decision, the suspect was retried and found not guilty. After serving time for the Scofield burglary, he was paroled in 1912. Married and the father of four children, Officer Strong is buried in Provo City Cemetery. His bronze name plaque is sponsored by Provo P.D. Local #129/Police Mutual Aid Association.