Sergeant Sumpter Burns

Sergeant Sumpter Burns

Columbus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, November 6, 1946

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Sumpter Burns

Sergeant Burns was killed in a motorcycle accident when a vehicle ran a red light at 4th Avenue and 8th Street and struck him. He succumbed to his injuries en route to the hospital.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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To whom it may concern: Today I had the honor & privalage of taking a quick pic of a partial roster of the elite Columbus Police Motorcycle Officer Force. As a reflection, my Great Uncle was Sumpter Burns, who was a rather large redheaded man that insisted on riding an Indian Motorcycle, rather than the standard issued Harley Davidsons. He was fatallyd injured on Nov. 1946 in route to a call received, when a lady ran a red light on 4th Ave & 8th Street.

Hence, in reviewing the Reflection & Honor Page of Fallen Columbus Police Officers in the line of duty, I see there is no photograph of Sumpter Burns. I can oblige to provide a nice family photo via email or drop off a copy at the Public Safety building with Marie Harrell ( my former Sister in Law). Please advise my to my email address provided belows:

Kindest regards,
W. Mark Hall

W Mark Hall
Family Member

August 7, 2015

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