New Exhibit at Silver State National Peace Officers Museum

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Updated: 11/16/2012 3:34 pm


VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- In 1947 two Reno police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty in downtown Reno.
On this 65th anniversary,  the stories of Captain Leroy Geach and Sergeant Allan Glass are coming to life in an exhibit of artifacts from the crime. 
News Four's Shelby Sheehan paid a visit to the museum in Virginia City to get a sneak peek of these items never seen by the public before.
As you walk into the Silver state National Peace Officers Museum it's almost as if the room talks to you.
The museum is located in the Story County Courthouse, within the jail itself built in 1877, the 10 iron cells still intact.
It was used to jail criminals for 110 years but now a very fitting spot to display the west coast's only national law enforcement museum.
"We've got a great place to showcase our history and people with these objects from the past see that and realize that it would be better for people to be able to see these things than not." says Doug Gist, the executive director of the museum.

The newest additions, artifacts from the cold blooded murder of two Reno police officers on November 8th 1947 are now here thanks to a relative of Sgt. Gene Cowan.
 "His grandfather was the officer who stopped the shooting by shooting the man who had just killed two officers, these are great pieces to be able to tell that story again."
Those two officers Reno Captain Leroy Geach and Sgt. Allan Glass were gunned down at the Carlton Hotel on East 4th Street as they were about to arrest robbery suspects.
Sgt. Cowan's gun, his handcuffs, even his badge are now display.
The gun that the shooter used as well and the one page report that Cowan filled out after the loss of his two comrades.

"That's really our goal not to just have things,  but things that have a history to them and this is a tremendous story and never told before because we didn't have it."
The artifacts from the 1947 murder haven't been seen yet by the public.
The museum is closed for most of the winter but will open at the beginning of May to show once again show visitors the extensive collection from law enforcement from all over the state and the country.
Gist says,  "Those people in those careers make a huge sacrifice. It's not an easy job and the ultimate sacrifice is certainly not easy on families they have to go through an awful lot most will never experience. It's important to remember that."


The lion's share of the museum's pieces came from Doug Gist's father, Police Chief Walter Gist.
His father passed away in 2005 but it was his dream to share this law enforcement collection with all of us and his son has made that dream come true. 


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