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Officer Frederick A. Thornton
  On February 25, 2011, Officer Thornton was critically injured when a flash grenade discharged while he was attempting to render the equipment safe after a SWAT warrant service.  Officer Thornton underwent emergency surgery but succumbed to his injuries later that evening.
Officer Thornton was a 28 year veteran of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department .  For 23 of those years he served on the SWAT  team and was the longest serving member of the team in the department’s history.  Throughout his career in law enforcement, Officer Thornton received numerous departmental and state awards for his bravery, heroism, and community service.  He was deployed to assist in affected areas after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and 2006. He also assisted in flood relief efforts in Indiana in 2008.
Officer Thornton is survived by his wife, four children, and a granddaughter.  Fred was 50 years old at the time of his death.