Patrol Officer James Watkins Smith, Sr.

Patrol Officer James Watkins Smith, Sr.

Johnson City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, December 3, 2007

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James Watkins Smith, Sr.

Patrol Officer James Smith succumbed to injuries sustained six years earlier when he was involved in a motorcycle crash on May 4th, 2001.

He was responding to an emergency call when another driver made an illegal U-turn in front of him on North Roan Street near Hemlock Lane.

He suffered severe head and internal injuries and required constant medical care until passing away.

Officer Smith was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, grandchildren, and five siblings.


  • Age 59
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 185
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Friday, May 4, 2001

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Rest in peace Patrol Officer Smith.

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