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Laurinburg names bridge after trooper killed in action

Alphonso J. Hedgepeth, 27, had only been a patrolman for a few months before he died during a high-speed pursuit on Oct. 23, 1931.

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Patrolman A.J. Hedgepeth

State and local officials gathered in Laurinburg Thursday for the long-overdue honor of a member of the Highway Patrol killed in the line of duty.

Alphonso J. Hedgepeth, 27, had only been a patrolman for a few months before he died during a high-speed pursuit on Oct. 23, 1931. The N.C. Department of Transportation named the bridges where the U.S. Highway 74 Bypass crossed U.S. 15/401 in Laurinburg the Patrolman A.J. Hedgepeth Bridge.

Hedgepeth was only the second member of the Highway Patrol to die in the line of duty.

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