Honoring Our Fallen

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:11
Officer William J. Maguire

William J. Maguire
August 21, 1931

Officer Maguire was shot and killed after interrupting a burglary while checking on storage lockers at State Street and Whitman Street, in Pullman. Two males were arrested in relation to the burglary, but were never charged with the murder of Officer Maguire due to a lack of evidence. Officer Maguire had served with the Pullman Police Department for nine years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Officer Elbert Ross Claar

Elbert Ross Claar
April 17, 1949

Officer Claar was killed in the line of duty, along with Whitman County Sheriff Levi M. Parnell, Deputy Gilbert C. Gallagher, and a civillian during what became known regionally as "The Easter Massacre". 

On April 17, 1949, Pullman resident George McIntyre violated the terms of his parole by getting into a fight with another man, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  Officer Claar spotted McIntyre at a filling station and attempted to arrest him. As Officer Claar returned to his car to retrieve his nightstick, McIntyre opened fire with a .22 caliber handgun, striking Officer Claar five times. 

Claar had been an officer with the Pullman Police Department for seven years.  Claar was survived by his wife, Anna, two adult children, and two grandchildren.


James "Jim" Corcoran
January 6, 2001

Sergeant Corcoran died as a result of a massive heart attack which occurred on duty with the Pullman Police Department.  Sgt. Corcoran was hired January 5, 1983 and served as a patrol officer and a patrol sergeant during his 18 year tenure with the Department.  He was active in Defensive Tactics Training and Field Training new recruits.  Corcoran was survived by his wife of 22 years, Francesca, and four children.