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Police Officer III James E. Walch | Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer III

James E. Walch

Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 25, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Police Officer III James Walch was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a call for assistance in pursuit of a 13-year-old in a stolen car.

During the pursuit the cruiser struck a patch of black ice on Randolph Road, just west of New Hampshire Avenue, and went out of control. The vehicle spun around and struck a utility pole rear-first, causing the gas tank to rupture and the car to burst into flames. Officer Walch was killed on impact.

Another officer was also on the scene after hitting the same patch of ice in a separate patrol car. That officer received minor burns and scratches while trying to rescue Officer Walch.

Officer Walch had served with the U.S. Marine Corps for four years before serving with the Montgomery County Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and son, parents and siblings. He is buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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I did not have the pleasure of knowing you in life. I did have the honor however, of serving you in an official capacity after your loss and attended your funeral. I was so deeply saddened by the suffering of your family at church, yet filled with so much pride in your selflessness and courage facing perils civilians know so little about. I've never been the same, or looked at what you, and your brothers and sisters of Montgomery County and across the country take on each day as so clearly important prior to your loss. The world is a better place because of you. You have changed lives of people you never met and I thank you, so many years later...that is good work! Rest well, Sir.

Paul R. Newell, CPO, Ret.
April 20, 2013


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