Deputy Sheriff James L. McDermott

Deputy Sheriff James L. McDermott

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 26, 1931

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James L. McDermott

Deputy Sheriff James McDermott was killed in a vehicle crash when his patrol car began to roll away.

He was filling the patrol car with gas at the county filling station, which was located on a slope. He jumped on the running board as the vehicle began to roll down the hill and was killed in the ensuing collision.

Deputy McDermott had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for six years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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I wanted to express my condolences to Deputy McDermott's family. This job is unforgiving and dangerous. I am currently in the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Academy working to earn my place in this great Department. I first noticed Deputy McDermott's name engraved on our campus Memorial Wall and wanted to learn more about his life. After learning how he tragically lost his life I learned a valuable lesson.
We never know what life has in store for us, never take anything for granted and always be thankful for the little things in life. I know Deputy McDermott's time was way before mine but I am humbled by his story nonetheless. Rest in Peace Deputy McDermott Your name will never be forgotten.

Bradley Chacana

April 4, 2019

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