Officer Joe V. Graham

Officer Joe V. Graham

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, May 10, 1935

Joe V. Graham

Officer Graham died from an infection as a result of being bitten on the finger while making an arrest 6 weeks earlier. Officer Graham was on his way home when he was involved in a car accident at 25th Street and Market Street. He noticed that the other driver was intoxicated and told the man he was under arrest. The man began to resist and bit Officer Graham on the tip of his right middle finger. Officer Graham was able to complete the arrest.

The finger began to swell and he was admitted to the hospital on April 11. He was admitted into emergency surgery and had the finger amputated. The surgery failed to stop the infection and he was admitted to the hospital again. He died as a result of the infection on May 10.

Officer Graham had served with the Fort Worth Police Department for 9 years. He was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Wednesday, March 27, 1935

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Officer Graham,
On today, the 81st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fort Worth. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 10, 2016

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