Trooper James E. Boland

Trooper James E. Boland

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, July 26, 1987

James E. Boland

Trooper Boland was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic in Traverse City following a community event. The drunk driver fled the scene but was later apprehended. She pled guilty to negligent homicide.
Trooper Boland was survived by his wife, five children, parents, and siblings.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Guilty of manslaughter

Most Recent Reflection

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I had recently met Jim and had spoken with him a couple hours prior to the incident. I was formerly a Texas officer at that time visiting back home in Michigan. I was walking back over to see Jim again and chat with him and was about 30 feet away when the car struck him. I won't go into details but I was there on scene and worked alongside a nurse who also stepped up. Details are not important here, but its always the toughest when its a brother.

Investigator Richard Anderson

January 3, 2017

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