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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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 16, 2020

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