Patrolman Ralph Alcorn White

Patrolman Ralph Alcorn White

Cornelius Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, December 31, 1942

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Ralph Alcorn White

Patrolman Ralph White was electrocuted when he came into contact with a downed power line near the intersection of Catawba Avenue and Statesville Avenue (modern day Main Street).

A strong storm had knocked out power to the town. The duties of Cornelius police officers also included restoring power to the town following storms. Patrolman White was attempting to restore the power when he came in contact with the line, which had been previously cut and left bare.

He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Patrolman White was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Electrocuted

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 76th 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 Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

February 14, 2018

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