Police Officer James O'Brien

Police Officer James O'Brien

Temple Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, November 21, 2003

James O'Brien

Officer James O'Brien was killed in a motorcycle accident on North 31st Street at 1600 hours while en route to provide a police escort.

His motorcycle struck the back of a vehicle that was stopped in the left lane attempting to make a left-hand turn. Officer O'Brien was transported to Scott and White Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer O'Brien was a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran, and had served with the Temple Police Department for 7 years. He is survived by his son and daughter.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 495

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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I was thinking about James today and reflected back to that Friday he died back in 2003. I was at Scott and White ER and had just brought a combative suspect into the ER to be treated and then taken over to the jail. I was caught by one of the nurses we knew and told that a motor officer was being brought in and was in serious condition. I was there when James was rolled in via the stretcher and immediately felt the loss when I saw it was James.

Since that day I have traveled past his memorial and thought about him. I also thought, "...there but for the grace of God go I."

James impacted my life as an officer and ultimately as a man. I think about him fondly and hope that I am able to be half the officer and friend he was.

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U.S. Secret Service

August 14, 2018

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