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May 23, 2004

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Crash Kills Torch Runner

Officer Down: Scott Edward Bryant - [Fort Madison, Iowa]

Wednesday, May 19, 2004
The Hawk Eye newspaper, Burlington, Iowa 52601
full article: http://www.thehawkeye.com/daily/stories/In7_0519.html
(permission granted by the Hawk Eye for this modified submission)

An Iowa State Penitentiary employee was struck by a vehicle and killed during the first leg of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. Scott Edward Bryant, 36, was killed at 1:38pm Monday, just north of Fort Madison, on U.S. 61. He was the first ISP employee running in the Torch Run, between Fort Madison and Burlington.

Edward J. Thomas, 84, was driving a 1996 Buick Century on U.S. 61 north when he approached a marked, lighted ISP unit from behind. The unit was escorting Bryant and Jeffrey M. Heston, 30, who were running on the right side of the pavement. Thomas swerved around the patrol car, on the right side, and lost control re-entering the road. Thomas' Buick struck Bryant and knocked Heston to the ground. Bryant died at the scene from his injuries. Heston was transported to Great River Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

Bryant and Heston were the first pair of runners to hit the road Monday.

Bryant had been a correctional officer for 17 years, and was currently serving on the prison's Correctional Emergency Response Team. He left behind a wife and two daughters.

original article by: Dorothy de Souza Guedes

A college fund has been established for Scott Bryant's daughters, for anyone wishing to contribute:

Scott Bryant Memorial Fund
C/O John Martin
Box 318
Iowa State Penitentiary
Fort Madison, Iowa 52627

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