Chief of Police Johnnie Lee "Bud" Spinks

Chief of Police Johnnie Lee "Bud" Spinks

Vidalia Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, November 2, 1970

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Johnnie Lee "Bud" Spinks

Chief of Police Johnnie Spinks succumbed to injuries sustained several days earlier when he fell while on duty at a street festival marking the city's Centennial celebration on October 24th, 1970.

He struck his head on a vehicle bumper when he fell, causing a fatal head injury.

Chief Spinks was a WWII veteran and had served with the Vidalia Police Department for 6-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, daughter, and two sisters.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 6 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall
  • Incident Date Saturday, October 24, 1970

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

November 3, 2020

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