Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Off the Beat, Police Officer Also Looked out for People's Souls

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Off the Beat, Police Officer Also Looked out for People's Souls

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Hermon B. Jefferies helped people walk the path of righteousness in church and on the streets.

Mr. Jefferies, who turned 100 years old on Oct. 10, served as a deacon at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Duquesne for more than 50 years and as a Duquesne police officer for 26 years.

He was born on Oct. 10, 1912, in Salisberry, N.C., one of six children of Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. Jefferies Sr. As a young man, he moved to Glenwood and joined Morningstar Baptist Church, where he was baptized on Nov. 10, 1929. He later moved to Duquesne and joined Jerusalem Baptist, where he served as church treasurer for 25 years and was a member of the junior choir and secretary of the deacon board and joint board.

He became a Duquesne policeman in 1948 and was a patrolman, juvenile officer, captain and chief. He was chairman of the police wages committee in December 1967 when he led the first recorded "blue flu" police strike in Pennsylvania. Twenty-three of 26 officers called in sick for a day and won a raise of $50-$75 a month. …

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