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Minot remembers officers slain 100 years ago

MINOT -- A memorial was held in Minot on Thursday, April 26, to remember Minot Policeman Patrick Devaney and Agent Kersey Gowin of the Attorney General's Office who were killed in the line of duty on April 26, 1918.

Devaney and Gowin were investigating a theft of automobile tires when they were ambushed by the thieves. Devaney died instantly of gunshot wounds, while Gowin returned fire and was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Minot.

Before he died a few hours later, Gowin, 43, gave officers information which led to the arrest of four men in conjunction with the shooting and tire thefts.

Among those attending Thursday's memorial service at the Minot Auditorium were two of Devaney's great-granddaughters – Pam Tracy of Los Angeles, California and Lynette Sali of Seattle, Wash. Myrna Mayer and Steve Gowin, the great-niece and great-nephew of Agent Gowin, also attended Thursday's ceremony.

"I had to come to honor and recognize his contribution to this area and to be a part of this wonderful ceremony," said Tracy.

Devaney, 47, left behind a wife and five children. Gowin was married and had two sons.

"This is very impressive," said Sali shortly before the beginning of the ceremony. "I'm very honored. It's surreal."

Many law enforcement officers from various agencies were present for the event, which concluded with the playing of taps by Airman First Class Steven Nadeau, Minot Air Force Base.

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