Sergeant James H. "Heath" Hardin

Sergeant James H. "Heath" Hardin

Hope Mills Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, January 11, 2007

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James H. "Heath" Hardin

Sergeant Heath Hardin suffered a fatal heart attack while he and his K9 partner searched a wooded area for a person who had fled from officers on foot.

The person and another man had stolen gas from a service station earlier in the day and fled from their vehicle after being spotted by officers.

One perpetrator was apprehended at the scene, but the other suspect was able to flee into the woods, approximately two miles from where the vehicle was stopped. Sergeant Hardin collapsed during the pursuit. The suspect was apprehended later in the afternoon. He was charged with stealing gas, driving with a revoked license, eluding arrest, and reckless driving. No charges were filed in connection with Sergeant Hardin's death.

Sergeant Hardin had served with the Hope Mills Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

On January 11, 2008, a bridge over a CSX rail line on the new Hope Mills Bypass was named the "Sgt. James Heath Hardin Memorial Bridge."


  • Age 35
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 625

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

arrest attempt

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15 years….15 years lost…15 years wasted without you. While speaking with Big Harold and Mel today, I wondered what we would be doing…having fun with the grandkids? Another NASCAR race? Falling into the creek and beating the s**t out of each other? Have a feeling the grandkids would trump all the other fun we had. I miss you, I will see you soon! I love you.


January 11, 2022

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