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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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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 87th anniversary year of your death.

Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
August 10, 2013

 

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