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Poisoned Mich. Cop Honored 90+ Years After Death

March 25, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Flint PD.
Photo courtesy of Flint PD.

A Flint (Mich.) Police sergeant will be honored during National Police Week when his name is added to the national police memorial more than 90 years after his death.

Sgt. Caleb Embree Smith was poisoned while on duty on Oct. 27, 1921, according to an agency cold case detective.

"He died within four or five hours of eating his lunch," Sgt. Greg Hosmer told MLive.

Smith's death remains a mystery, but that won't stop his name from being added to the police memorial in May.

Tags: Flint PD, Police History, Duty Deaths, National Police Week


Comments (4)

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Duke Holtzman @ 3/26/2013 5:40 AM

If they knew he was poisoned while on duty why did it take so long to put his name on the wall?

Resident @ 3/26/2013 8:37 AM

Maybe they thought his "wife" packed his lunch that day! NOT JOKING, it doesn't say after eating at a restaurant, or out of the good ol' brown bag. --- EITHER WAY, I agree w/Duke - WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG TO ADD HIM TO THE WALL SINCE HE WAS "ON DUTY" AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH.

Jim B. @ 3/28/2013 6:47 AM

Duke and Resident,

Well, for starters, he died in 1921, 70 years before the NLEOM was even created. Every year there are officer's names that go on the wall who were killed many years ago, many that are older than Officer Smith. These historic deaths do get recognized but sometimes it takes time. Fortunately, in today's culture there is much more recognition of the sacrifices of law enforcement officers. I don't know if that was the case 90 years ago. But I'm glad to see he is getting remembered now.

Sara F @ 5/14/2013 12:38 AM

Det. Smith died several hours after eating his lunch at a restaurant in Flint. He returned to work and after making an arrest went home after feeling ill. He the fell into a coma and died several hours later at home. I wish they would have put the whole story on here...

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