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. There will be no charges in connection with Sergeant Hardin's death.

Sergeant Hardin had served with the Hope Mills Police Department for 9 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

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Thinking of you today and every day. Miss you more each day. You are in my heart forever imprint as a stamp that can never be erased. Just listened to a song about a little girl who misses her daddy "how far is heaven". Just reminded me of Sam and mason when you left us. Miss you on this memorial day and always. Mom

Mel Hardin. Always momma

May 31, 2021

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