Patrolman James Reiter Bailey

Patrolman James Reiter Bailey

Wheeling Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, October 11, 1971

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James Reiter Bailey

Patrolman Bailey was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while directing traffic at a construction zone on the Fort Henry Bridge on I-70. He had signaled a lane of traffic to stop. The first car in the line stopped but a tractor trailer traveling behind it could not stop in time. The driver swerved into the construction zone and struck Patrolman Bailey.

He was transported to Ohio Valley General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries later that evening. The driver of the truck was charged with negligent homicide.

Patrolman Bailey had served with the Wheeling Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 66

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

directing traffic, overtime, secondary employment

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 9, 2013

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