Patrolman Hugh C. May

Patrolman Hugh C. May

Chattanooga Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, September 14, 1906

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Hugh C. May

Patrolman Hugh May was killed when the horse-drawn wagon he was transporting prisoners in was struck by a train. The railroad crossing watchman waved him across and as he was crossing an engine that was backing up struck him, causing serious injuries. The engineer and watchman then refused to move the train, which was blocking the only route to the hospital. Both were arrested and charged with murder in connection with Patrolman May's death.

Patrolman May had been with the agency for 19 years. He was survived by his wife and ten children.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 4

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 106th anniversary 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 14, 2012

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