Patrolman Edward H. Smerdel

Patrolman Edward H. Smerdel

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, July 16, 1961

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Edward H. Smerdel

Patrolman Edward Smerdel was accidentally shot and killed while cleaning his service revolver at a police substation.

Patrolman Smerdel had served with the Denver Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and one child.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 773

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Patrolman Smerdel,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Denver. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 16, 2021

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