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 driver charged with vehicular homicide and three 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 Vehicular assault

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JT Blair, Missile Technician aboard the USS George Washington Carver SSBN 656, outstanding submariner and a good friend. You were always an inspiration to your fellow shipmates and exuded a great "Can Do" attitude. I've thought of you often over years and miss what short experiences you shared with me. RIP!

Bob Reed MT2SS

April 1, 2017

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