Reserve Officer James Calvin Clifton

Reserve Officer James Calvin Clifton

Burns Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Sunday, February 1, 1981

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James Calvin Clifton

Reserve Officer Clifton was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking beside highway 22 at night. The driver of a pick-up truck struck him with his passenger side view mirror knocking him to the ground. Then the driver of a car behind him ran over Officer Clifton killing him. The driver of the truck was not charged. The driver of the car was never identified.

Officer Clifton had served with the agency for 1 year and was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Clifton,
On today, the 40th anniversary of of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Burns. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 1, 2021

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