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Longtime Charlotte police officer dies at home, chief says

Officer Anthony "Tony" Crawford was a member of CMPD since 1989, according to the department.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A retired officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has died, Chief Johnny Jenning announced Thursday.

Retired Airport Division Officer Anthony “Tony” Crawford passed away at his home in Waxhaw on Tuesday. 

Officer Crawford had been a member of CMPD since 1989, serving as one of the first bike patrol officers and community coordinators in the Central Division, according to Chief Jennings. He retired from the CMPD in 2013 and was hired back in September 2013 and assigned to the Airport Division.

Officer Crawford was also a member of CMPD’s security team for the Charlotte Hornets since the team’s inception.

"Known, trusted and counted on around the Spectrum Center, he will be truly irreplaceable." Chief Jennings said of Officer Crawford in a tweet.

No arrangements have been announced yet following Officer Crawford's passing.

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