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Former Carnegie police chief dies

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Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 4:04 p.m.

Harry Smith, who served as chief of the Carnegie police force for 11 years, died early Monday morning at the age of 83.

Smith, known to fellow officers and friends as “Smitty,” was a 30-year veteran of the Carnegie police force. He was hired in 1957. In 1976, he hired current Chief Jeff Harbin.

Smith lived on Charles Street in Carnegie.

Harbin described Smith as a “skilled interrogator” who could get the most out of a criminal with relative ease.

“He was caring and compassionate, while at the same time one of the toughest men I have ever known. He was not afraid of anyone or anything on the street. He was a mentor to me, and responsible for much of the success that I have had in my career,” Harbin said.

District Justice Dennis Joyce of Crafton knew Smith for several years. Joyce has been a district magistrate since 1982.

“I just remember him being very professional. He was very personable, easy to talk to. He had a great love for Carnegie Borough. He was just a good guy, and we always had a good chief-judge relationship,” Joyce said Monday.

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