Patrolman James H. Chandler, Jr.

Patrolman James H. Chandler, Jr.

Fort Oglethorpe Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, September 25, 1982

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James H. Chandler, Jr.

Patrolman James Chandler was fatally injured in a motorcycle crash while he was responding to a bank alarm on his police motorcycle.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Route 27 and Cloud Springs Road when an intoxicated driver first yielded to Officer Chandler's sirens, but then pulled back in front of his motorcycle. Officer Chandler's motorcycle hit the rear of the vehicle causing Officer Chandler to be thrown about 60 feet through the air, landing on pavement, breaking both arms, both legs, and several ribs. He was taken to Hutcheson Medical Center where he died the next day from a burst artery.

Patrolman Chandler had served with the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Friday, September 24, 1982
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

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Fort Oglethorpe Police Department

Published by Bev Neill · 4 hrs ·

Today is the anniversary of Officer Jim Chandler's in the line of duty death. He is the only officer to die while on duty in Fort Oglethorpe.

A shadow box in the City Hall's museum honors Officer Chandler. In the shadow box, the following note is encased:

Our Number is now incomplete, One of our members is missing and we feel a void. On September 25, 1982, Jim was taken from us. His life ended while wearing the blue uniform and Badge of office that he loved so much. In protection of the life and property of others, he laid down his life, no complaints to be heard from his dying lips. You have served well, oh Loved one. You shall never have died in vain, nor Your dedication and sacrifice forgotten for we your family and friends shall cherish your memory within our hearts forever.

--To see the markers honoring those fire and law enforcement officers who gave their lives while serving our community, visit the City of Fort Oglethorpe Memorial Park next to Walgreens on Battlefield Parkway.

Beverly Neill (TAC)
Fort Oglethorpe Police Department

September 25, 2017

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