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Police honor fallen comrades


 "He (James Moulson) didnít work here very long. But what I remember is his strong desire to be a police officer. It is really sad that someone who wanted so much to be a police officer had to have something like this happen to him."

Cal Nevland, Ketchum Police Chief


By PETER BOLTZ
Express Staff Writer

Police departments from throughout the Wood River Valley sent representatives to memorial services Tuesday in Twin Falls for two Jerome County Sheriffís deputies slain in the line of duty.

The service was organized by Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling, who is past president of the Idaho Sheriffs Association.

Cpl. James Moulson, 30, and Cpl. Phillip Anderson, 23, were killed Jan. 3 in a gun battle after officers tried to serve a warrant to search a house in Eden for drugs.

The suspect also died in the shootout. No one else was wounded.

Moulson, who was a four-year veteran of the department, had a wife, Amy, and a 9-month-old son, Derek.

Anderson was single and had been a deputy for two years.

Ketchum Police Chief Cal Nevland said Moulson had worked for the Ketchum Police Department for a short time in 1997.

"He didnít work here very long," Nevland said. "But what I remember is his strong desire to be a police officer. It is really sad that someone who wanted so much to be a police officer had to have something like this happen to him."

Blaine County chief deputy sheriff Gene Ramsey said he also knew Moulson as well as Anderson.

Ramsey said the two officers "were serving their community with dignity and honor" at the time of their deaths.

Nevland noted that there is a federal program under which the family of a police officer killed in the line of duty gets $100,000. He said his home state of North Dakota matches the federal money, but Idaho does not.

"Iím going to talk with Wendy [Jaquet] about our Legislature looking at having a similar program."

He said it was something he thought the state of Idaho could afford.

The Associated Press reported Moulson and Anderson were killed by gunfire while attempting to serve George Timothy Williams, 47, with a warrant to search his home for drugs.

The shootout occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 3. Eden is about 10 miles east of Twin Falls.

A search of the suspectís home turned up only a small amount of marijuana.

The memorial for Moulson and Anderson was held at the College of Southern Idaho gymnasium Tuesday afternoon.

The deaths of the deputies brought to 55 the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Idaho.

It was the first killing of on-duty law enforcement officers in Idaho since Idaho State Police trooper Linda Huff, 33, died on June 17, 1998, in a shootout in her agency's Coeur d'Alene parking lot.

In a statement, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne called the shooting a tragedy "that reminds us once again how the men and women who serve in law enforcement put their lives on the line on behalf of all of us every day to maintain law and order."

 

 

 

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