Patrolman James Hedgepeth

Photo of Patrolman James Hedgepeth
End of Watch: Thu, Feb 12th, 1942
Date of Incident: Mon, Feb 2nd, 1942
Cause of Death: Struck By Vehicle (DUI)
Service Time: 16 years
Age: 46


His wife Ida, sons Paul and Eugene, and daughters Elizabeth and Mabel


Patrolman Hedgepeth and Patrolman Thomas Kinney were struck and killed by a drunk driver at 1915 hours while attempting to keep fire lanes open at Jackson and Main Streets for apparatus responding to a three-alarm fire. While on the scene a drunk driver entered the area at a high rate of speed. Patrolman Hedgepeth attempted to flag the driver down but instead the man drove over him, dragging him over a fire hose and down the street. Patrolman Kinney witnessed the incident and charged towards the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle also struck and killed Patrolman Kinney. Patrolman Hedgepeth succumbed to his injuries two days later.


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Patrolman James Hedgepeth
Left on Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Thank you. Rest in peace. You are not forgotten.