Sergeant James Thomas Blair

Sergeant James Thomas Blair

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, November 26, 1990

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James Thomas Blair

Sergeant James Blair was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a van on Penn Avenue near 30th Street in the Strip District while responding to a non-emergency call. The driver of the van made an illegal lane change to turn onto 30th Street when he struck the sidecar of Sergeant Blair's motorcycle causing him to lose control of the motorcycle and strike a signal pole. Sergeant Blair was rushed to Mercy Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries several hours later.

The 56-year-old driver was charged with vehicular homicide, making a illegal left turn, and two other violations in connection with the incident.

Sergeant Blair was a U.S Navy veteran of the Vietnam war and served with the Pittsburgh Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 20 years, 1 month
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Sgt. Blair,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I 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 USN during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

November 26, 2020

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