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Patrolman William J. Smith, Jr. | North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

Patrolman

William J. Smith, Jr.

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, January 11, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 25 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Smith was killed in an automobile accident while pursuing a traffic violator on N.C. Highway 101 in Carteret County. His vehicle struck a bridge abutment and burst into flames. Rescuers were unable to approach the vehicle when they arrived because his ammunition was exploding as a result of the heat.

Patrolman Smith was assigned to Troop A, District 8. He had been with the agency for 25 years and was survived by his wife and son, who later went into law enforcement.

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I knew him when I was a boy. He was a fine man and loving father.

Kenny Senter
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August 11, 2013

 

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