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Sergeant Jessie C. Benton | Charleston Police Department, South Carolina Charleston Police Department, South Carolina

Sergeant

Jessie C. Benton

Charleston Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, June 17, 1955

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 120

Cause: Automobile crash

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Sergeant Jessie Benton and Detective James Tindal were killed in an automobile accident near Holly Hill, South Carolina, while returning to Charleston to assist at the Charleston Tidewater Terminal fire.

The two officers, along with their wives, had been in Charlotte, North Carolina, to represent the Charleston Police Department in a pistol competition. All members of the department were ordered to return to Charleston to assist at the scene of the fire. The wives of both officers were also killed in the accident.

Policeman Lawrence Yates had been killed in the fire while attempting to rescue a citizen.

Sergeant Benton had served with the Charleston Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by one son.

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Cause: Automobile crash

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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.
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