Police Officer James F. Duffin

Police Officer James F. Duffin

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, January 14, 1973

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James F. Duffin

Police Officer James Duffin was struck and killed, and another officer was seriously injured as they were investigating a vehicle accident on Limekiln Pike near Ridley Street.

The drunk driver was arrested and charged in connection with the incident. The 30-year-old man had been driving without a license since he was 14 when he was convicted of DWI. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and DWI and sentenced to 6 to 12 months in the county jail. Two years later, he was convicted of his 3rd DWI and sentenced to one to 2 years.

Officer Duffin was a United States Navy veteran who had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 6 years and received four commendations and six letters of commendation. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 3927
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 1 year

accident investigation, DUI

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Officer Duffin,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 14, 2023

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