Markham Township Police
August 18, 1956
Constable Lewis R. Durant, 22, had only served with Markham Township Police for 18 months when he was killed in the line of duty on August 18, 1956.
At about 2:00 a.m., Constable Durant came across a parked car on the gravel shoulder of Woodbine Avenue. After parking his cruiser behind the suspicious vehicle, Constable Durant approached the car. While questioning the driver, a southbound vehicle struck Constable Durant, killing him.
The driver of the southbound vehicle was charged with careless driving resulting in death, but the charges were dropped due to the non-attendance of witnesses and a lack of evidence.