By David Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH - 119 Years after he was gunned down attempting to serve an arrest warrant, Constable John Dando's name is being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.
Dando, a Civil War Veteran, was murdered attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Woyciech Bialecki at Bialecki's residence.
An account of the incident published in an October 3, 1910 edition of a New Orleans, Louisiana newspaper read "It was on the night of October 12, 1898, that Bialecki beat his wife, and when Constable Dando went to arrest him, Bialecki discharged a gun, the contents of which struck Dando in the breast. In the confusion, Bialecki escaped. Dando died within 24 hours."
According to that account, Bialecki turned himself in to authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts seven years after the incident.
"The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison" the description of Dando on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial website read.
Dando's name on the memorial will be formally dedicated on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 8:00pm at the 29th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the grounds of the National Mall.
See Dando's page on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial website here: http://names.lawmemorial.org/officers/d/dando42342.html
NEWS FROM YOUR TOWN
-East Union Township
-North Union Township
-West Mahanoy Township
-Beyond Northern Schuylkill