Serving with the Wentworth County
Saturday November 29, 1919
Age: 65 / 4 children
On November 29, 1919, Cst. Springstead was assigned the duty of keeping deathwatch on a condemned murderer in the Wentworth County Jail, in Hamilton. The prisoner was allowed in the corridor outside his cell, for exercise, with Cst. Springstead who was alone. The prisoner jumped Cst. Springstead, choking him from behind until he was unconscious, beating and kicking the defenseless officer, until he was dead.
Cst. Springstead was 65 years of age, married with four children, and had been a police officer with the County for 35 years.