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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Patrolman Smith,
On today, the 68th anniversary of your death I would would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army fighting the Germans in Europe during WW II-especially when you were wounded in action on The island of Sicily in the Summer of 1943. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 21, 2018

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