Chief Craig Harmon
In April 2004, Craig Harmon, Chief of the Niagara County Drug Task Force, passed away after a lengthy and courageous battle against cancer. A 31-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, he was widely admired and respected as a dedicated servant of the people of Niagara County. Chief Harmon's legendary feats in combating the ravages of illegal drugs were an inspiration to his fellow law enforcement officers and for his fellow citizens a principal defense against the encroachment of crime.
Sheriff Beilein said, "Craig Harmon was an amazing man. Even when he was seriously ill, he would come to work ready and willing to do whatever it took to get the job done. Craig was a model that we should all try to emulate. The people of Niagara County were blessed to have such a highly principled and effective professional protecting their neighborhoods and loved ones. We will never forget what he did and will always honor his distinguished career."
Corrections Officer Andrew F. Hoelzl
Correction Officer Andrew F. Hoelzl, 46, passed away suddenly on December 6, 2007, as a result of heart-related complications. Officer Hoelzl was a squad leader in the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), a member of the Honor Guard, and a veteran Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, where he’d received numerous decorations and commendations.
Sheriff Beilein said,"Andy Hoelzl was a reliable and dedicated officer who was respected and admired by his colleagues. Andy never shied away from difficult tasks and was a natural leader. His life was much too short, but it was long on accomplishments.”
Sergeant Jeffrey J. Juron
After receiving news of Sgt. Juron’s death, Sheriff Beilein had said, "Jeff Juron was well respected in the law enforcement community. He was always willing to give so much of himself to his colleagues at work and to the public at large.” Sgt. Juron was the driving force behind the office’s participation in the Ride for Roswell, the Tour de Cure (for the American Diabetes Association), the Catch a Falling Star (employee assistance program) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Special Deputy William A. Tolhurst
Deputy Tolhurst was a 49-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office at the time of his death. He founded the Special Forces Unit and was a ‘world-wide’ authority on training dogs for law enforcement. His work with specialty dogs was groundbreaking for his time and he played an active role in implementing K-9 divisions in law enforcement agencies across the region.