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Patrolman James Edward Graff | Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania


James Edward Graff

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, February 23, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Heart attack

Incident Date: 2/20/1968

Weapon: Person

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman James Graff suffered a fatal heart attack following a foot pursuit of a subject he observed breaking into a car near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Wood Street.

He chased the subject several blocks but was unable to capture him, so he returned to the Central Station to complete paperwork. He started to experience chest pains and was sent home. His condition worsened and he was taken Providence Hospital, where he remained for three days before passing away.

Patrolman Graff was a United States Army Air Force veteran of WWII and had served with the Pittsburgh Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

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Patrolman Graff,
On today, the 49th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USAAF during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
February 23, 2017


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