Sergeant Hans P. Smith

Sergeant Hans P. Smith

Portland Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Tuesday, September 16, 1930

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Hans P. Smith

Sergeant Hans Smith succumbed to injuries sustained almost one month earlier when he was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic. As Sergeant Smith was waited for a trolley, a driver, who said he was blinded by the oncoming trolley's lights, swerved to the left to avoid it and struck Sergeant Smith. Originally it was reported that Sergeant Smith only suffered a broken right arm and leg. However, it was later determined there were also internal injuries, to which Sergeant Smith succumbed to on September 16, 1930.

The driver of the vehicle was indicted for reckless driving. No further information is available.

Sergeant Smith had served in the Portland Police Department for 30 years (1895-1900, then 1905 until the time of his death). He was survived by his wife, two daughters, three sisters, and two brothers.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 21, 1930

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Sergeant Smith, it has been 93 years since you were taken from us. Northern New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

September 16, 2023

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