On March 31, 2014 Patrolman David W. Smith Jr. responded to a disturbance call on Harrison Street in Johnson City, NY. Upon arrival on scene, a male subject immediately attacked Patrolman Smith as he was attempting to exit his marked patrol car. The male was able to disarm Patrolman Smith of his duty weapon, and ultimately shot Patrolman Smith two times, with these shots proving to be fatal. A second officer arrived on scene just as the fatal shots were fired, and he was able to return fire striking the male multiple times, ending the threat. The second officer was not seriously injured. Patrolman David W. Smith Jr. served with the Johnson City Police Department for 18 1/2 years.
On August 9, 1925 Patrolman Harold Huff died after a train struck his police patrol vehicle. Patrolman Huff, along with another officer and a firefighter were responding to a report that a man was beating his daughter. Their vehicle was struck by a Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad passenger train. Patrolman Huff was killed instantly. The other two men in the vehicle were injured but recovered. Patrolman Harold Huff had served with the Johnson City Police Department for just five months.
Watch a video of the memorial service for Ptl. David W. Smith Jr.
Photo Gallery of the Accident involving Ptl. Harold Huff