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Chief of Detectives Joseph Eckels Orr | Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina

Chief of Detectives

Joseph Eckels Orr

Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 29, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 22 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

Incident Date: 9/28/1926

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Chief of Detective Joseph Orr and Detective John Byers died as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in China Grove, North Carolina.

The detectives, along with seven other Charlotte police officers, were participating in a state-wide police training exercise. They were driving from Charlotte to High Point responding to a mock riot when the accident occurred.

Chief Orr succumbed to his injuries the day after the crash. Detective Byers passed away two days after the crash.

Chief Orr had served with the Charlotte Police Department for 15 years. He had also served as chief of police in Lancaster, South Carolina, for three years and chief of police in Gastonia, North Carolina, for four years. He was survived by his wife and six children.

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Detective John North Byers
Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina
End of Watch: Thursday, September 30, 1926
Cause: Automobile crash

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Chief Orr,
On today, the 91st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Detective who was also killed in that accident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Charlotte.


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September 29, 2017


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