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Chief of Police George S. Smiddy | Jellico Police Department, Kentucky Jellico Police Department, Kentucky

Chief of Police

George S. Smiddy

Jellico Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Thursday, May 13, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/12/1926

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Chief George Smiddy was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had fired several shots earlier in the evening while involved in a domestic dispute.

Chief Smiddy requested assistance from the chief of police and an officer from the neighboring Jellico, Tennessee, Police Department. The three officers located the man at a barber shop on North Main Street and attempted to arrest him. The man immediately opened fire, mortally wounding Chief Smiddy and seriously wounding the police chief from the Tennessee town. The suspect was killed by the return fire.

Chief Smiddy succumbed to his wounds early the next day.

Chief Smiddy had served with the Jellico Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife and ten children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today on the 86th anniversary 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 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 13, 2012


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