Patrolman James Hedgepeth

Patrolman James Hedgepeth

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, February 12, 1942

James Hedgepeth

Patrolman Hedgepeth and Patrolman Thomas Kinney were struck and killed by a drunk driver at 1915 hours while attempting to keep fire lanes open at Jackson and Main Streets for apparatus responding to a three-alarm fire. While on the scene a drunk driver entered the area at a high rate of speed. Patrolman Hedgepeth attempted to flag the driver down but instead the man drove over him, dragging him over a fire hose and down the street.
Patrolman Kinney witnessed the incident and charged towards the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle also struck and killed Patrolman Kinney. Patrolman Hedgepeth succumbed to his injuries two days later.
Patrolman Hedgepeth had been with the agency for 16 years.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 10, 1942
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 70th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect and 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

February 10, 2012

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