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Patrolman S. C. Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina


S. C. "Preacher" McKenzie

Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 13, 1941

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

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Patrolman Preacher McKenzie was killed in a vehicle accident while responding to a fire call. He was en route to work when the call came over the radio. His vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by Patrolman Bryant Birt.

As a result of the accident, Patrolman Birt became paralyzed. He died of his injuries on July 29, 1944.

Patrolman McKenzie was single and had served with the agency for three years. He is buried Oakwood Cemetery, Gastonia, North Carolina.

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Patrolman Bryant Kirn Birt
Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina
End of Watch: Saturday, July 29, 1944
Cause: Automobile crash

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 69th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son. 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen offier Larry Lasater
August 13, 2010


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