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Herbert McCann "Big Kid" Hatcher, Sr
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Birth: Jul. 12, 1904
Knox County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jan. 15, 1939
Escambia County
Florida, USA

My maternal Grandfather

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Herbert was a Pensacola Police Officer and was killed on the job.

Herbert McCan Hatcher, Jr. (1)
Almedia Marie Hatcher
Herbert McCan Hatcher, Jr. (2)
Thomas Eugene Hatcher

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Source: Pensacola Police Department Memorial Web Page. Herbert "Tommy" Hatcher, Jan. 15, 1939. He was shot and killed by a 17-year-old suspect while responding to a robbery at People's Cafe at Hayne and Wright streets.

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Pensacola News Journal.
By W R Helie


Whether due to wantonness, indifference or greed, two new graves were opened this week in our community; one for a police officer, who like his fellow officers, face death hourly and the other for an only son who was temporarily crazed.
Officer Hatcher. This writer used to call him big kid. His face would brighten up like a playful kid and he was always most friendly. He loved his work and those he associated with. He was the type, one would hardly think would take police duty seriously and yet, when called upon to render police service, he gave little thought of self or disclosed any fear for danger. Perhaps had he been more cautious he might still be among us; who can tell.
When he had charge of the school boy patrols; frequently he would ask this writer to observe his work and often suggested that we visit these schools with him. He called them "his" kids. He was proud of them as he was of their achievements.
Officer Hatcher was beloved, not only by the boys he trained in accident prevention, but by the fathers and mothers of these kiddoes. The entire community mourns this loss and extends to the bereaved family its profoundest sympathy. May God watch and care over them in the days to come.

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The Boy. No sane boy of 18 would attempt a holdup of a public place with a pistol especially a boy whose father was also a police officer. The boy had never been what we call a "problem" boy, and disclosed normal intelligence and ability in school and at home. He gave little or any trouble to his teachers nor to his parents. Notwithstanding his wonderful record, this boy attempted and nearly carried out one of the boldest holdups in the history of this community.
What is the answer? First reports said he had been smoking marihuana cigarettes. The boy had not been drinking; so far as any one knows, this boy had not acquired that habit.
That this mental distraction had started earlier in the night, has been reported; but his father and mother, thinking they had seen him going to his bedroom for the night noticed nothing unusual or strange about him. But that the boy was temporarily crazed, there seems little doubt.
Whether or not this kid had been doped, either by marihuana or something else should be ascertained definitely. It is our duty to try and find out the force that wrecked this boy's mind. We still think it was drugged cigarettes. We would like to see the Chief of Police offer a $100 reward for the capture and conviction of one who sells this damnable weed, preferably the one who sold this kid. We were told on reasonable good ground that this weed is sold in Pensacola, rather extensively; somehow, we have a feeling that some of our cops know more about this traffic than they are reporting. Maybe a little encouragement from the public might open up this racket and save someone else boy or girl. Let me tell you something.
Some may smoke this weed without suffering any ill effect while others, after a smoke or two, have a real desire to kill. Victims of these smokes have been known to jump out of tall buildings, not realizing just what they were doing, or cut an artery in their arm, just to see blood flow, or rape and kill little girls. Marihuana is worse than opium, it's worse than liquor. Let's stop its traffic; we can if we try hard enough.
Our cummunity expresses sympathy to the parents of the boy.

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Gazette And Bulletin (Williamsport, PA)
16 Jan 1939, p. 1

Officer And Bandit Slain In Gun Fight
Policeman Killed By Gun-man, Son of Fellow Officer, During Holdup Of Pensacola Cafe

PENSACOLA, FLA. (AP) -- A policem and and a bandit identified as the son of a fellow officer were killed by gunfire yesterday during an attempted cafe holdup.
Police Officer Herbert M. Hatcher was shot down as he entered the downtown restaurant of Christ Merinkas while the holdup was in progress.
Chief William O'Connel said the boy, Arthur T. Bobe, 3rd, was shot by Capt. Riley Simmons, who accompanied Hatcher.
Merinkas said the bandit was about to leave after taking $15 from the cash drawer when the officers arrived.
Simmons fired at the youth through a plate glass window. Hatcher was shot through the abdomen and an unidentified sailor was nicked on the arm by a stray bullet.
Bobe was using his father's service revolver which he had taken when the officer came home after leaving work early yesterday, O'Connel stated.
Hatcher, father of three small children, was popular with youngsters here and had served for several years as director of the schoolboy patrol. 
Family links: 
  Albert Catlett Hatcher (1861 - 1918)
  Almeda Josephine Redden Hatcher (1866 - 1929)
  Eunice Leona Fernandez - Hatcher Peaden (1905 - 1993)
  Herbert McCann Hatcher (1925 - 1926)*
  Herbert McCann Hatcher (1927 - 2012)*
  Thomas Eugene Hatcher (1931 - 2002)*
  Oscar Robert Hatcher (1885 - 1948)*
  Samuel Louis Hatcher (1894 - 1947)*
  James Catlett Hatcher (1901 - 1937)*
  Herbert McCann Hatcher (1904 - 1939)
  Almeda Josephine Hatcher (1907 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint John's Cemetery
Escambia County
Florida, USA
Plot: Section: 56; Site: 4S
Created by: Jack Williams
Record added: Sep 10, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15684580
Herbert McCann Big Kid Hatcher, Sr
Added by: Jack Williams
Herbert McCann Big Kid Hatcher, Sr
Added by: Jack Williams
Herbert McCann Big Kid Hatcher, Sr
Added by: Jack Williams
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