Princeton officer killed in line of duty to be honored on 100th anniversary | Events
Law enforcement officers in Gibson County will honor a man who served long before their time in a special ceremony to be held 100 years after he died in the line of duty.
Princeton Police Officer Harrison Clement Hitch was killed in the line of duty on May 11, 1913 while attempting to arrest the ex-husband of a woman at her house. When Officer Hitch arrived, he found the man was armed and while trying to get him to surrender his weapon, the suspect fired. Officer Hitch was struck by three rounds, but was able to return fire, wounding the suspect in the arm before staggering out to the front porch where he died.
The suspect fled the scene and was captured the following evening after a statewide manhunt. He was arrested in a Terre Haute hospital where he had gone to receive treatment for his wound. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, where he died.
This Saturday, the law enforcement family of Gibson County will come together to remember the 100th anniversary of Officer Hitch’s death. The public is invited to attend.
Officers will leave from the Princeton Police Department 9 A.M. and proceed to the graveside at Oak Hill Cemetery being escorted by Princeton Police Chief W.W. George. At 9:30 A.M. a Ceremony will be held with honor guard being provided by the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office. Family members will be on hand to share, and participate in the ceremony. The ceremony will also include a laying of a wreath on Officer Hitch’s grave.
According to the Officer Down web page, Officer Hitch and his wife were the parents of ten children. His wife Elizabeth died just five months after the shooting.