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 Ira Russell “Mack” McCurry

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Ira Russell “Mack” McCurry

  • Birth 25 Aug 1939
  • Death 29 Feb 1976 Salem City, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Salem, Salem City, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 9, Lot 673, Plot 384
  • Memorial ID 37075210

Mack was a Salem City Policeman who was shot and killed in the line of duty. He was also a US Navy Vietnam veteran. Mack left behind his wife and two teenage daughters.

In the Salem Police Department's program for the 30th Commemoration Ceremony Honoring the life of Patrolman Russell McCurry, it states:
Russell McCurry was appointed as a sworn member of the Salem Police Department on April 24, 1975. Russ was a native of Danville, Arkansas and a retired US Navy veteran. During Russ' military service he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and the Vietnam Service Medal with silver star.

Patrolman McCurry was highly esteemed by his fellow officers. In the words of one of his naval commanding officers, "Mr. McCurry was an outstanding Chief Petty Officer and will continue to service the police department (Salem) with a high level of competence."

Russ was married to the lovely Peggy Blanton. Their two daughters, Beverly and Cheryl were the "apple of their Daddy's eye".

On February 29, 1976, Patrolman McCurry was working a stake out operation at a local motel that had been the scene of numerous thefts from cars. Contact was made with three suspects, one of whom fired a pistol at Russ while attempting to flee. Russ was struck in the chest and died at the scene.

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  • Created by: Diane Simmons
  • Added: 14 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37075210
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ira Russell “Mack” McCurry (25 Aug 1939–29 Feb 1976), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37075210, citing Sherwood Burial Park, Salem, Salem City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Diane Simmons (contributor 47119196) .