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Patrolman Ulysses  Hartsville Department of Public Safety, South Carolina


Ulysses "Buck" Dobson, Sr.

Hartsville Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, April 20, 1953

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/19/1953

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Arrested

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Patrolman Dobson succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous night after responding to a call from a woman who was being beaten by her husband.

When Patrolman Dobson arrived at the scene the husband ran into the backyard and hid. Patrolman Dobson also ran into the backyard in pursuit and was shot by the man with a shotgun as he came in between the two houses. Patrolman Dobson was transported to Byerly Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following day. The suspect turned himself in two days after the shooting.

Patrolman Dobson had served with the Hartsville Department of Public Safety for 2 years. He was the first African-American officer to serve with the agency.

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There are many heroes on both sides of my family and
You are one of them. Although I never met you I feel
Your spirit through my father Lewis talking about you,
And interactions with your children, my first cousins.
Rest in Peace Uncle.. It took courage for a Black man
To join the Police force( let alone to be the first in your town)
Lots of love and respect. Your nephew..Donald.

Donald Leon Dobson
July 28, 2017


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