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Patrolman Hugh Reynolds | Seminole Police Department, Oklahoma Seminole Police Department, Oklahoma

Patrolman

Hugh Reynolds

Seminole Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Friday, October 23, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Charged with Murder

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Officer Reynolds was killed by a drunk driver while working a traffic accident.

Officer Reynolds was one of the first officers to respond to a three car accident about one mile northwest of Seminole on Highway 270. Two people were killed in the crash and a large crowd gathered while the police were responding. Officer Reynolds along with other officers, began caring for the injured, directing traffic around the accident scene and trying to disperse the gathering crowd. During these actions, another officer saw a vehicle approaching the accident site at a high rate of speed. When he saw that the speeding car was not going to be able to avoid the wrecked cars on the highway, he yelled at the other officers to get out of the way. Officer Reynolds had barely finished forcing a group of bystanders off of the roadway when the oncoming vehicle hit him, crashed into the wreckage and pinned him in between them. The force of the crash was so great that it took two wreckers more than two hours to separate the wrecked cars enough to remove his body.

The driver of the car that killed Officer Reynolds was determined to have been drunk at the time of the accident. Murder charges were filed against him the next day.

Officer Reynolds had been a deputy sheriff at Cromwell, a Constable at Seminole for two years, and had been an officer for the Seminole Police Department for the past four years.

Officer Reynolds was survived by his wife, two sons and four daughters.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 75th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater. Pittsburg Police Dept., eow 4/24
October 23, 2011

 

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