Chief of Police Benjamin Franklin Townsend

Chief of Police Benjamin Franklin Townsend

Parkton Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, December 29, 1951

Benjamin Franklin Townsend

Chief of Police Benjamin Townsend was struck and killed by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad passenger train No. 78.

He was conducting a foot patrol of the railroad tracks at approximately 11:00 pm when he was struck 70 feet north of the town's highway crossing.

Chief Townsend was survived by his wife, son, grandson, and two brothers.


  • Age 68
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

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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 67th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. 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

June 26, 2018

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