Staff Memorial

This page serves as a memorial to those who gave their lives while serving the state corrections system.

Name Title   Date of Death
Eugene Reiley Warden, SDSP   3/6/1936
Eugene Reiley Warden Reiley was shot and killed after being taken hostage during an escape from the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls March 6, 1936. The brother of an inmate smuggled two guns into the prison, breaking his brother and another inmate out of prison. Before leaving the prison grounds, the suspects stole several guns from the armory and took Warden Reiley hostage. Law enforcement officers intercepted the group several miles from the prison. A shootout ensued and Warden Reiley and one of the inmates were killed. A second inmate and a police officer were also wounded.

 

Edward Jaworski

 

Correctional Officer, SDSP

 

 

9/6/1951

Edward Jaworski Officer Jaworski died from injuries after he was attacked by an inmate on September 6, 1951 at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. The inmate was serving a life-sentence for murder at the time.



Russell Anderson

 

Parole Agent, Pierre

 

 

3/3/1998

Parole Agent Russell Anderson

Agent Anderson was killed in a two-vehicle
collision while returning to the office from

checking on parolees.

Ronald Johnson Senior Correctional Officer, SDSP   4/12/2011
Senior Correctional Officer Ronald "RJ" Johnson

Senior Correctional Officer Ronald "RJ" Johnson died from injuries after being assaulted by two inmates during an attempted escape from the South Dakota State Penitentiary on April 12, 2011.

 

 

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