On August 24,1963 the Escalon Police Department suffered it's only line of duty death when Police Chief Donald P. Stewart died following a domestic dispute where he was attacked with a baseball bat and nightstick.
Stewart died of heart failure while transporting his prisoner to the county jail. Fortunately officer Jim Black was in the passenger seat and took control of the vehicle that Stewart was driving. Officer Black drove Stewart to the San Joaquin General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The man involved in the dispute was charged with manslaughter and served a lengthy period of incarceration.
Chief Stewart came to the Escalon Police Department from the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department. He is the only Escalon Police officer to killed on duty and his name appears on the National Police Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the California State Peace Officers' Memorial in Sacramento.