30 year police veteran passed away

Sgt. Edward Lee Haynes (Source: WPD)
Sgt. Edward Lee Haynes (Source: WPD)
Sgt. Edward Lee Haynes retired from the WPD in 1984.
Sgt. Edward Lee Haynes retired from the WPD in 1984.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A 30 year police veteran with the Wilmington Police Department died on Saturday due to medical complications, according to a spokesperson for the department.

Retired Sgt. Edward Haynes was 92 years old. He retired from the Wilmington Police Department in 1984.

Haynes joined the WPD in 1954 and was one of the first African-American officers to work in the agency during that time. He was the second African American to become a Sergeant at the department.

Former Chief Ricky Simpson worked with Haynes for years and says Haynes had an impeccable reputation and was willing to help anyone.

"He had a steadying influence, he was the training person. He instilled his values in the other officers, black, white or indifferent," Simpson said. "They saw him as a leader, they saw him as a special person."

Police say Haynes was well known in the inner-city for "walking the beat."

Co-workers remember his favorite section of town to work was Dawson Street. They say Haynes was a familiar face to the residents and was known for chasing away loiterers, drug dealers and gamblers.

The viewing is March 7 at Shaw Funeral Home on 520 Redcross Street in Wilmington. The funeral is on March 8 at 11 a.m. at  St. Luke A.M.E. Zion Church on 709 Church Street also in Wilmington.

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