Patrolman John Hazel Smith

Patrolman John Hazel Smith

Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, September 5, 1937

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John Hazel Smith

Patrolman John Smith was struck and killed by a stolen car while returning from working a special detail at a local high school sports event.

Patrolman Smith had served on the Gastonia Police Department for five years. He was survived by his father and is buried in oakwood Cemetery, Gastonia, North Carolina.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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Patrolman Smith,
On today, the 76th anniversary of your death I would just like to say bank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Gastonia. And o your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 5, 2013

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