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Chief of Police Orville Frank Aderholt | Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina

Chief of Police

Orville Frank Aderholt

Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, June 7, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/7/1929

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Sentenced to 20 years

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Chief Orville Aderholt was shot and killed during the Loray Mill Strike in Gastonia, North Carolina. Seven men from New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, had come to the town to agitate the strikers at the mill.

The seven men were convicted of second degree murder in connection with Chief Aderholt's death. Four of them were sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Chief Aderholt was survived by his wife, three daughters, and three sons. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Gastonia, North Carolina.

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thank you for the sacrifice you made for the city i was born in. may you be at peace and rest.

staff sergeant
u.s. army
November 7, 2011

 

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