Patrolman James Edward Graff

Patrolman James Edward Graff

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, February 23, 1968

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James Edward Graff

Patrolman James Graff suffered a fatal heart attack following a foot pursuit of a subject he observed breaking into a car near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Wood Street.

He chased the subject several blocks but was unable to capture him, so he returned to the Central Station to complete paperwork. He started to experience chest pains and was sent home. His condition worsened and he was taken Providence Hospital, where he remained for three days before passing away.

Patrolman Graff was a United States Army Air Force veteran of WWII and had served with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons. He was assigned to the Central Police Station, present day Zone 2.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 20, 1968
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

foot pursuit

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Rest in peace Patrolman Graff.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 22, 2022

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