Patrolman Bryant Kirn Birt

Patrolman Bryant Kirn Birt

Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, July 29, 1944

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Bryant Kirn Birt

Patrolman Bryant Birt succumbed to injuries sustained three years earlier in an automobile accident when his patrol car collided with a vehicle being driven by Patrolman S.C. McKenzie. Patrolman McKenzie, who was killed in the accident, was en route to work when he was dispatched to a fire call.

Both vehicles were responding to the call when the collision occurred. The crash left Patrolman Birt paralyzed and he died as a result of the injuries.

Patrolman Birt was survived by his wife and is buried in Blackville City Cemetery, Blackville, Barnwell County, South Carolina.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 13, 1941

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Last Year Patrolman Birt's Only son and my beloved Grandfather Bobby O'neil Birt Passed away in Gastonia, North Carolina. Before he passed He handed me this picture above. This picture above was one of the few photos our family had of Patrolman Birt. After Patrolman Birt Passed away the house he lived in with both my Great Grandmother and Grandfather burned to the ground. This Picture was some of the few items left. He gave me this picture and it ment alot to him. It was his Daddy, The father that died young. Patrolman Birt was described as a wonderful human being. My Great Grandmother,his only wife said he was to "good to live" but however he was a "born policeman". My Grandfather died with only few memories of the man that was his father. He took my Hand and handed me this. "I want you to have it" so our story will live on, and I could pass on one day to my own son Named after Patrolman Birt. I want to thank My Teacher Calvin Shaw, Retired Captain Of the Gaston County Police for sharing this site with me and our family. Because of him , now Patrolman Bryant K. Birt's picture is on here. It is one of the few things we have left of our history as a family that has not been lost.

Lauren Baker Frasure
Great Grandaughter

June 20, 2011

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