Border Patrol Inspector James Martin Kirchner

Border Patrol Inspector James Martin Kirchner

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, November 15, 1954

James Martin Kirchner

Inspector Kirchner suffered a fatal heart attack while he and Inspector James Dove, his training officer, were investigating the sighting of three suspicious men walking near the Mexican border near El Paso, Texas. Inspector Dove sent Kirchner to cut off the suspects at the top of the mountain. Inspector Dove intercepted the three men and determined they were U.S. citizens. He signaled Inspector Kirchner to return to the scene. After Inspector Kirchner failed to return his partner began to search for him. Kirchner was found dead on the mountainside. It was determined he died of a heart attack despite having completed a rigorous physical examination prior to joing the agency.
Inspector Kirchner had been with the agency for one week. He was survived by his wife. He was buried in Carthage, Missouri.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 week
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Location Texas

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Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family, and I am so sorry this happened to him. May it help his family to know that time & distance doesn't matter to our Law Enforcement family. His memory is held as dear today as the day he lost his life and we still mourn his passing. He will not be forgotten.

Vicki Hare
Salisbury NC PD

June 30, 2010

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