Patrolman James H. Roche

Patrolman James H. Roche

Nashua Police Department, New Hampshire

End of Watch Monday, October 15, 1928

James H. Roche

Patrolman James Roche succumbed to injuries received three weeks earlier in a gunfight with a suspect. Patrolman Roche was attempting to apprehend the suspect in a residence when he was shot five times. He was able to return fire, fatally wounding the suspect. Patrolman Roche was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries three weeks later.

Patrolman Roche had been with the agency for six years and had also been a police officer in Limerick, Ireland, before immigrating to the United States. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 23, 1928
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Though it's small consolation that you delivered justice to your murderer prior to your death, it does not bring you back to those you knew and loved you best. Your service to two separate cities in two separate nations is honored here.

We can only hope that your memory was fully kept alive by those who survived you.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

October 15, 2015

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