Chief Gregory Lynn Lange
(End of Watch - July 5th 1988)
Claremont Police Chief Gregory Lange was shot and killed on July 5th, 1988 while trying to break up a domestic argument in the city of Claremont, less than 200 feet away from his own residence. The 39 year old chief had worked in Claremont for 2 1/2 years. Prior law enforcement experience included serving as a police officer in Owatonna from 1972 to 1979.
Dodge County Sheriff Ernie Vanderhyde said he and Lange had an excellent working relationship and Lange was dedicated to his job. Today, many of the Dodge County Deputies wear a black memorial pin on their uniforms in memory of the fallen Chief.
In 1988, Lange was the 28th law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in Minnesota since 1970. Six of the officers killed were investigating disturbances, including domestic arguments.
Lange was very well liked in his community. In addition to coaching little league, he opened his home after school to kids who's parents weren't home. Lange also helped start a Crime Stoppers Program and a drug hotline. He was survived by his wife Sue and son Chris who was 12 years old at the time of his death.
Click here to go to the Officer Down Memorial Podcast to learn more about this hero, or just click the link below to listen to his story:
- National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
- Concern for Police Survivors
- Officer Down Memorial Page
- The American Police Hall of Fame