Patrolman Thomas I. Hairston

Patrolman Thomas I. Hairston

Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, September 27, 1936

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Thomas I. Hairston

Patrolman Thomas Hairston suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after being involved in a shooting of a suspect.

He and his partner were on patrol when they heard shots fired nearby. As they went to investigate, they observed a man walking in the roadway with a rifle. The man continued walking towards them even after being ordered to stop. Patrolman Hairston opened fire on the suspect, striking him in the chest.

After shooting the man, Patrolman Hairston ran two blocks to a nearby factory and called for an ambulance. He then ran back to the scene where he collapsed. He died while being transported to the hospital.

Patrolman Hairston had served with the Fort Smith Police Department for 7 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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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 77th anniversary year 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 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

August 7, 2013

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