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Police Officer Lauretha Vaird | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Lauretha Vaird

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 2, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 5897

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Police Officer Lauretha Vaird was shot and killed while responding to a bank robbery.

She was the first officer to arrive at the scene and was shot as she entered the bank. Two suspects were arrested a short time later. A third suspect was arrested several days later during a traffic stop in Maryland.

On November 1st, 1996, the suspect who shot Officer Vaird was sentenced to death.

Officer Vaird had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for nine years and was assigned to the 25th District. Officer Vaird is survived by her two sons.

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I play this song for my high school students each year and I explain the narrative. I grew up listening to G Love and the Special Sauce and that’s how I found out about Officer Vaird’s story via his song “Slipping Away”. I think everyone would be impressed with the student dialog that occurs - especially the support and respect that my young high school students verbally express for our law enforcement officers. It is a far cry from how the young perspective is portrayed in our media these days & I thought it was important to share.

David Burnham - Teacher
Cedar Cliff High School
December 9, 2016


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