Officer David C. Hawfield

Officer David C. Hawfield

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Monday, July 14, 1969

David C. Hawfield

Officer David Hawfield and Officer Michael Cody were killed when the patrol wagon they were in was struck by a vehicle which failed to stop for a flashing red light at 8th and K Streets, NE.

The impact was so strong that both officers were ejected from the vehicle. As Officer Cody lay dying in the street a citizen stole his police revolver.

Officer Hawfield had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for nine months.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Swimming with him and his sister in Stoney Creek in Soutwest, VA when he came to visit his grandmother and my great aunt. Singing "Froggy Went A Courtin" with him as he played the guitar. So eager to go see he and his family when they made the annual family trip to VA. So excited to know he was getting married. Opened the wedding invitation that morning and a call that evening that he had been killed.

You are not forgotten cousin. Today memories of you are bittersweet as we say goodbye to an officer shot in the line of duty here in Charlotte County, Florida, the first shooting death in the 92 years of history of the sheriff's department.

So my dear cousin, welcome our friend in heaven. His watch has ended. David, you are not forgotten. Your time here with us gave us many wonderful family memories

Mary N. Mann Franks

August 10, 2013

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