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Police Officer James Gordon Tacoma Police Department, Washington

Police Officer

James Gordon "Jim" Lewis

Tacoma Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 19 years

Badge # 326

Cause: Motorcycle accident

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Police Officer Jim Lewis was killed when his department motorcycle collided with a vehicle.

He was responding to backup an officer who had just stopped a wanted felon. Officer Lewis was southbound on Alaska Street with his emergency lights flashing and its siren activated. A line of cars also headed south on Alaska Street stopped in the street just before 55th Street as Officer Lewis was approaching. Officer Lewis maneuvered his motorcycle into the northbound lanes to pass them. Another motorist near the head of the line tried to turn left off Alaska Street onto 55th Street. The motorist unknowingly steered her car right into Officer Lewis' path.

Officer Lewis' Kawasaki Police 1000 motorcycle struck the car near the front of the driver's side door. He was thrown from the motorcycle and his head struck the ground when he landed.

He was transported to Tacoma General Hospital where he died about three hours later.

Officer Lewis had served with the Tacoma Police Department for 19 years. He is survived by his wife and son.

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Dear Jim:

I still think of you often... and for some reason, your death still just tears at my heart.

One of the most memorable things about you was the absolute attention you paid to someone when you spoke to them. I have tried to learn to emulate that in my life - it was such an impressive thing. I've also wondered at your drive, your zest for life. I have a picture of you on top of a mountain... in it, you have the biggest grin... like "King of the world". To me, it speaks of absolute enjoyment of the moment - something else you were gifted at.

The world really lost something when it lost you. I hope the afterlife has given you a new set of adventures ... hills to climb (in the middle of the night), and something worthwhile to do. It would be hard to imagine you any other way.

Denise Foster
Sister in law
June 18, 2014


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