Reserve Police Officer James Michael Buffum

Reserve Police Officer James Michael Buffum

Topeka Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Saturday, September 13, 1975

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James Michael Buffum

Reserve Police Officer James Buffum suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after struggling with a subject he had just arrested for disorderly conduct.

The man slammed Officer Buffum against a wall during the struggle. Officer Buffum was able to subdue the subject and place him in custody. He suddenly collapsed as he completed paperwork.

Officer Buffum had served with the Topeka Police Department for two years.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available


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Officer Buffum,
On today, the 42nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Topeka. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 13, 2017

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