Night Policeman Herman H. Kirby

Night Policeman Herman H. Kirby

McMinnville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, September 14, 1935

Herman H. Kirby

Policeman Herman Kirby was beaten to death with his own blackjack after responding to a disturbance call at a local restaurant.

When he arrived, he encountered the suspect, a youth on furlough from a nearby Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The officer attempted to take him into custody. The youth attacked him, gained control of his blackjack, and severely beat him. Policeman Kirby succumbed to his injuries several hours later.

The suspect turned himself in 3 days later and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Policeman Kirby had previously served as a guard at the Tennessee State Prison. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Blackjack
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 77th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 14, 2012

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