Patrolman James T. Smith

Patrolman James T. Smith

Belleville Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, May 21, 1950

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James T. Smith

Patrolman James Smith succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier when he was involved in a motorcycle accident on Mill Street.

While on patrol, Patrolman Smith's brakes failed causing him to be propelled over the handlebars into the curb, resulting in brain damage.

Patrolman Smith had served with the Belleville Police Department for almost 3 years and had received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during the Invasion of Sicily while serving with the United States Army. He is survived by wife and daughter.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 2 years, 9 months
  • Badge 17
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Wednesday, May 17, 1950

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Thank you for your service, military as well as police, and please know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

May 21, 2021

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