Chief of Police John Emory Hern

Chief of Police John Emory Hern

Polson Police Department, Montana

End of Watch Saturday, January 13, 1923

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John Emory Hern

Chief of Police Jim Hern died from an accidental gunshot wound sustained the previous day.

He was conducting a meeting with a judge when he bent down to pick something up off of the judge's office floor. His .32 caliber pistol fell from his pocket and discharged when it hit the ground. The round struck him in the abdomen, causing serious internal injuries.

He was taken to his sister's home where he died at 3:00 am the following morning.

Chief Hern had served as the chief of police and township constable of Polson for approximately 13 years. He was survived by his wife, brother, and son.


  • Age 67
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Friday, January 12, 1923

accidental discharge

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Chief Hern,
On today, the 101st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Polson.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

January 13, 2024

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