Patrolman Charlie Vestel Murphy

Patrolman Charlie Vestel Murphy

Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, August 1, 1944

Charlie Vestel Murphy

Patrolman Charlie Murphy suffered a fatal heart attack following a violent struggle with a drunk suspect on West Airline Avenue. During the struggle Patrolman Murphy suffered a severe cut above his eye. He was able to subdue the man and place him in the patrol car and then suffered the heart attack.

Patrolman Murphy was survived by his wife and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Gastonia, North Carolina.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Patrolman Murphy,
On today, the 68th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Gastonia. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

August 1, 2012

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