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Fallen officer remembered

May 20, 2012 - Staff

Law enforcement officials recently remembered the 17th anniversary of the death of Fremont County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Crerar, who was fatally shot in the line of duty.

"Lt. Crerar was a dedicated deputy sheriff, serving the citizens of Fremont County from 1979 to the very day of his death in 1995," Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said in a news release.

Crerar was killed April 30, 1995, by John Michael Sides Jr., 17, of Lander, whom he was transporting back to the Wyoming State Boys School in Worland.

According to the May 1, 1995, edition of the Wyoming State Journal (now Lander Journal), Crerar was driving Sides to Worland from Evanston. He was in Lander visiting his parents when he ran away two days before the shooting.

Crerar, 62, was the administrator at the county jail at the time.

According to the story, Sides slipped out his handcuffs while still in the car and wrestled Crerar's service revolver from him. Sides then shot the officer once in the head.

Sides drove Crerar's vehicle to the school. He was later found on school grounds still armed with the gun.

The teen was later charged in the murder and sentenced to two life terms.

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