Patrolman Francis Duon Hemilright

Patrolman Francis Duon Hemilright

Southern Shores Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, January 14, 2000

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Francis Duon Hemilright

Patrolman Francis Hemilright died after suffering a heart attack as he responded to a large fight at an area bar.

Patrolman Hemilright and approximately 25 officers from neighboring agencies responded to a night club where approximately 200 people were involved in the fight. After checking the scene, Patrolman Hemilright was found slumped over in his cruiser. Officers from a neighboring agency attempted to revive him using a defibrillator the officers carry in their cruisers. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Patrolman Hemilright had been in law enforcement in the Outer Banks area for over 20 years.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 154

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

fight call

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Frankie was a good man. I ran many an EMS call with him when he was a Deputy with Dare County, NC in 1978 and 1979. I saw him often until I left the area in 1994.
It has been 23 years since you left this life.
Know that you are still thought of and missed dearly.
RIP my friend.

Perrin W. Gardner

January 14, 2023

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