Police Officer Joseph Seawell Gunnell

Police Officer Joseph Seawell Gunnell

West Columbia Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, July 22, 1949

Joseph Seawell Gunnell

Officer Joseph Gunnell was killed in an automobile accident while he and another officer responded to reports of two men sleeping in the roadway.

As the officers came upon the scene, the other officer failed to see the men in the roadway until the last moment and swerved to avoid striking them.

The vehicle went down an embankment and into a ditch. Officer Gunnell suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

Officer Gunnell had served with the West Columbia Police Department for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and young daughter.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 64th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. 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 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 15, 2013

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