Detective John North Byers

Detective John North Byers

Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, September 30, 1926

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John North Byers

Detective John Byers and Chief of Detective Joseph Orr died as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in China Grove, North Carolina.

The detectives, along with seven other Charlotte police officers, were participating in a state-wide police training exercise. They were driving from Charlotte to High Point responding to a mock riot when the accident occurred.

Chief Orr succumbed to his injuries the day after the crash. Detective Byers passed away two days after the crash.

Detective Byers had served with the agency for 2 1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 28, 1926

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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 87th 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 11, 2013

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