Patrolman James C. Clem

Patrolman James C. Clem

Poor Fork Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, July 15, 1925

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James C. Clem

Patrolman Jim Clem was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who was wanted in connection with a disturbance.

Two of the suspect's brothers were shot and killed during the ensuing search for the man. On September 2, 1928, several officers in Letcher County went to the man's home in search for him. While inside, Deputy Sheriff Joner Cornett was shot and killed. No one witnessed the shooting in which Deputy Cornett was killed and the suspect was able to escape unseen.

Approximately two months later the subject was located a moonshine still and killed in a shootout with deputies.

Patrolman Clem was survived by his wife. Poor Fork was renamed to Cumberland in 1926.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed in 1928

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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 88th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first 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 Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

January 9, 2013

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