Sergeant John Hugh "Smokey" McGill

Sergeant John Hugh "Smokey" McGill

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, December 17, 1983

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John Hugh "Smokey" McGill

Sergeant John McGill suffered a fatal heart attack during a stressful situation while on duty.

Sergeant McGill was a U.S. Navy WWII veteran and served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 29 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, two sons, one brother, six sisters, and three grandchildren.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge 8530
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Sgt. McGill,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 17, 2023

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