Corrections Officer Charles Virgil Orem

Photo of Corrections Officer Charles Virgil Orem
End of Watch: Tue, Jan 21st, 1919
Date of Incident: Mon, Nov 19th, 1917
Cause of Death: Assault
Service Time: 2 years
Age: 41


His wife, three sons, two sisters and three brothers


Custody Officer Virgil Orem succumbed to injuries he suffered 14 months earlier after being assaulted during an escape attempt at the Indiana Reformatory in Clarksville.

On the evening of the assault, two inmates had been called out of their cells to repair a motor in one of the wells at the institution. The inmates, whose intent was to escape, believed Custody Officer Orem possessed the keys to an engineering vault containing ropes and pulleys. As Custody Officer Orem returned to the area where the inmates were working, he was struck about his head with a heavy piece of iron and beaten nearly unconscious.

Custody Officer Orem was able to return to work performing light duties after about six weeks, but developed a worsening paralytic condition about a month before he died, on his 41st birthday.

Custody Officer Orem had served with the Indiana Department of Correction for two years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, two sisters and three brothers.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Indiana Department of Correction Patch
302 West Washington Street E-334
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
(371) 232-5711


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