ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) – The Atlanta Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own.
Bennie Hardeman died in a motorcycle crash, police said. The South Fulton Police Department said Hardeman died from his injuries in the crash between his motorcycle and another vehicle. South Fulton Police said the crash is under investigation and no charges have been filed.
Hardeman, who was with the Zone 5 Traffic Unit, had been with the Atlanta Police Department since April 2019.
“This is not only a significant loss for his family and close friends, but also for his APD family. He was a hard worker who loved his job and co-workers,” Atlanta police said in a statement. “Officer Hardeman was a kind spirit, with an unforgettable smile, and charming personality.”
Hardeman was recently a recipient of an excellence award, Atlanta police said. In January 2021, he was recognized for performing a good deed by helping a woman whose car broke down on an interstate.
Atlanta News First is working to learn more about the crash incident.
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