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Police Officer Joseph Nelson Smith | Palm Beach Police Department, Florida Palm Beach Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

Joseph Nelson Smith

Palm Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 6, 1923

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/3/1923

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Lynched

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Officer Smith succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier when he encountered three men leaving a beach carrying turtle eggs and turtle meat. The day after his death, the body of the his suspected killer was found hanging from a tree in Palm Beach.

Officer Smith had served with the Palm Beach Police Department for 3 years. He was survived by a brother who also served with the agency at the time.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 6, 2015


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