Patrolman Clarence Eugene Small

Patrolman Clarence Eugene Small

Newport News Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, June 24, 1961

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Clarence Eugene Small

Patrolman Clarence Small and Patrolman Courtney Cook were killed in an automobile accident in the 4600 block of Jefferson Avenue while en route to raid an illegal gambling house. Their patrol car was struck by another patrol car that was responding to an unrelated call.

Patrolman Small was the first black officer hired onto the Newport News Police Department. Patrolman Small was a U.S Navy Veteran of WWII and served with the Newport News Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, and six children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 15 years, 1 month
  • Badge 23
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

automobile accident

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Rest in peace Patrolman Small.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 24, 2020

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