Special Officer James C. Goforth

Special Officer James C. Goforth

Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway Police, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, December 17, 1909

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James C. Goforth

Special Officer James Goforth was struck and killed by a train near Harrison Pike in Chattanooga, Tennessee, while patrolling the railyards.

He inadvertently stepped into the path of a freight train as he stepped off of another set of tracks to avoid an approaching passenger train.

Officer Goforth had served with the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway Police for one month had previously served with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office for several years. He was survived by his wife, father, and seven siblings.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Location Tennessee

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I am honored to be the second of what I am sure will be many more reflections honoring your service. Please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 22, 2020

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