Patrolman Edward H. Smerdel

Patrolman Edward H. Smerdel

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, July 16, 1961

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 (Accidental)

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Patrolman Smerdel,
On today, the 54th 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, 2015

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