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Southern Pines officer killed in crash

Posted June 15, 2013
Updated June 16, 2013

— A 27-year veteran of the Southern Pines police department died Saturday following a single-vehicle accident, according to police. 

Officer Stanley L. Klingenschmidt was leading a group of motorcycle riders in a benefit motorcycle ride to raise funds for the Special Olympics of North Carolina. They departed the Pinehurst Police Department at about 10 a.m. Saturday and were riding through Montgomery County when Klingenschmidt crashed, fellow officers said. He died a short time later from his injuries.

"Each of us at the Southern Pines Police Department not only grieves at the passing of a tremendous individual but also for the loss his family suffers," Southern Pines Police Chief Robert Temme said in a statement.

Klingenschmidt was married for 35 years with two sons and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst.

"The Southern Pines Police Department, the Town of Southern Pines, along with the Klingenschmidt family would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have offered support during this tragic and difficult time," Temme said.

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  • tmstubbs63 Jun 17, 11:41 a.m.

    I knew Stanley from years ago....great guy, and a fantastic Dad....RIP my friend

  • Obamacare forever Jun 17, 11:22 a.m.

    The story makes it seem as though he crashed his motorcycle.

  • REPUBLICAN HANS Jun 17, 11:12 a.m.

    Rest in peace, brother...We've got it from here.

  • st5937 Jun 17, 10:36 a.m.

    RIP OFFICER..WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED AND HOW DID HE WRECK
    WAS HE ON A BIKE OR A CAR.MAY THE LORD BE WITH YOU

  • stymieindurham Jun 17, 10:26 a.m.

    Not the way a fellow brother should end a career. Condolences to the family.

  • kellypratz Jun 17, 8:25 a.m.

    Condolences to the family, I actually knew Officer Klingenschmidt when I worked for the Town of Southern Pines and he was always smiling and friendly. Southern Pines has lost a truly great officer. RIP.