Inspector James A. Buczel

Inspector James A. Buczel

United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, October 9, 1988

James A. Buczel

Inspector James Buczel was killed after being run over by a 15-ton forklift at the New Haven Marine Terminal in New Haven, Connecticut.

The ensuing investigation revealed that the driver of the forklift was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine at the time of the incident. The suspect was charged in connection with Inspector Buczel's death.

Inspector Buczel had served with the United States Customs Service for nine year.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Location Connecticut
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Apprehended

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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 25th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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.

I pray for the solace of all that call you beloved for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 6, 2013

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