Officer James Cavanaugh

Officer James Cavanaugh

Fairfield Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Monday, April 11, 1966

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James Cavanaugh

Officer James Cavanaugh was struck and killed by a dump truck while directing traffic on Westport- Easton Road south of Sturges Highway in Fairfield at 9:30 am.

The dump truck was backing up when it hit Officer Cavanaugh. He was transported to Norwalk Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries upon arrival.

He was survived by his wife, one son, five daughters, and 12 grandchildren. His son also served with the Fairfield Police Department.


  • Age 68
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

directing traffic

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Officer Cavanaugh, it has been 57 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices that you and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

April 11, 2023

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