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New Hero Search Herbert Orlando Parsell - Mar. 09, 1945 (16199)

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Connecticut Department of Correction Agency Patch
Resided: CT, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Mar. 09, 1945
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 53 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Connecticut Dept. of Correction
CT   USA
Dept. Type: State/Corrections
Hero's Rank: Guard
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
On The Job: 11 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: CT   USA   Fri. Mar. 09, 1945
Summary: Guard Herbert Parsell was killed during an inmate escape attempt at the Connecticut State Prison in Wethersfield.

Three inmates reported that they were ill after breakfast. The inmates were ordered to the report to the infirmary, but they instead joined a group of inmates reporting to work at the maintenance shop where Guard Parsell was stationed. They planned to escape through the shop and scale a wall outside that they knew was unguarded at that time of the morning.

When the three inmates arrived at the shop, two of them tackled Guard Parsell. Five other inmates came to Guard Parsell's assistance, giving him time to sound an alarm throughout the prison, but they were eventually repelled by the two inmates who had staged the attack. The two inmates set upon Guard Parsell again and beat him about the head with wrenches before help could arrive. The three inmates then barricaded themselves in the shop.

When prison officials arrived, they pumped tear gas into the shop to encourage the inmates to surrender. Twenty minutes after the attack on Guard Parsell's, the three inmates were subdued and taken back to their cells. Guard Parsell was rushed to St. Francis Hospital, where we was declared dead on arrival from severe head injuries.

All three prisoners were convicted of murdering Guard Parsell and executed by electrocution on October 1, 1946.

Guard Parsell had served with the Connecticut Department of Correction for eleven years. He was survived by his wife, his son, two step-children, and three siblings.

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