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  • Memorial plaque is in front of Ashland Police Dept.

  • As I recall, there was a plaque in Ashland on Siskiyou Boulevard (near the library) commemorating a fallen police officer. Is this factual, or has my memory, like Ashland, gone to pot?
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  • As I recall, there was a plaque in Ashland on Siskiyou Boulevard (near the library) commemorating a fallen police officer. Is this factual, or has my memory, like Ashland, gone to pot?
    — Phil, Eagle Point
    We see what you did there, Phil. Pun-tastic.
    We think we may have nailed down an answer for you.
    It starts with Officer Samuel Prescott of Ashland police, shot and killed in the line of duty in 1931. Officer Prescott was killed on Siskiyou Boulevard near the Union Street intersection — a stone's throw from the Ashland library — by a man smuggling 35 cases of illegal liquor.
    A suspect was apprehended, convicted of the murder, and hanged, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page website, www.odmp.org.
    That same year, Officer Victor Knott was shot and killed while on patrol in the city's railroad district. The suspect was sentenced to life in prison. His sentence was later commuted.
    The Prescott-Knott Memorial plaque, honoring these two fallen lawmen, is actually in front of the Ashland police station, 1155 E. Main St.
    It's interesting to note that two years later, Constable George Prescott of Medford police — no relation to Samuel — also was shot while attempting to make an arrest. This information comes courtesy of the Officer Down website, as well.
    He has his own plaque, which is just across the street from the Carnegie Building, 321 E. Main St., in Medford.
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