Patrolman James K. Reed

Patrolman James K. Reed

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 18, 1974

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James K. Reed

Officer James Reed suffered a heart attack while issuing a parking ticket in front of 924 Mt. Vernon Avenue.

Another officer immediately began administering CPR, and a passerby called for help. Officer Reed died a short time later in the emergency room at St. Anthony Hospital.

Officer Reed was a United States Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and had served with the Columbus Division of Police for two years. He was survived by his parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

parking complaint

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman James K. Reed of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 55 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 18, 2022

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