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Private John Curtis Smith | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

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John Curtis Smith

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Monday, August 23, 1909

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 7 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/22/1909

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Private Jack Smith and Private John Williams were shot and killed by a mob while responding to a call for help with a riotous strike at the Pressed Steel Car Company plant in Shoenville on August 22nd. The officers, accompanied by Privates Privates Lucian Jones, George Kitch, and Patrick O'Donnell, were attacked en route at O'Donovan's Bridge. Private Williams was killed at the scene. Private Smith suffered gunshot wounds in both legs and a fractured skull. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh and died the following day, August 23. After killing the officers the mob robbed them of cash and other possessions.

Deputy Harry Exley, of the Allegheny County Sheriff's Department, was also shot and killed during the riots.

Private Smith had been with the agency for seven months and was survived by his father.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Deputy Sheriff Harry H. Exley
Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Sunday, August 22, 1909
Cause: Gunfire

Private John L. Williams
Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Sunday, August 22, 1909
Cause: Gunfire

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Pvt. Smith,
On today, the 103rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Pennsylvania.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
U.S. Border Patrol
August 23, 2012

 

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