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Sergeant James H. Hope Mills Police Department, North Carolina


James H. "Heath" Hardin

Hope Mills Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, January 11, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 625

Cause: Heart attack

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Sergeant Heath Hardin suffered a fatal heart attack while he and his K9 partner searched a wooded area for a person who had fled from officers on foot.

The person and another man had stolen gas from a service station earlier in the day and fled from their vehicle after being spotted by officers.

One perpetrator was apprehended at the scene but the other suspect was able to flee into the woods, approximately two miles from where the vehicle was stopped. Sergeant Hardin collapsed during the pursuit. The suspect was apprehended later in the afternoon. He was charged with stealing gas, driving with a revoked license, eluding arrest, and reckless driving. There will be no charges in connection with Sergeant Hardin's death.

Sergeant Hardin had served with the Hope Mills Police Department for 9 years. He is survived by his wife and two children. On January 11, 2008, a bridge over a CSX rail line on the new Hope Mills Bypass was named the "Sgt. James Heath Hardin Memorial Bridge".

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Thinking of you all the time. Still missing you but when I look at Mason I see you. His hugs are so like yours. He is so beautiful like you. I know I should say handsome but to mama you are always beautiful. always in my heart mama

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September 18, 2016


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