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

Officer 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 and had been convicted of DWI. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, DWI, and sentenced to 6 to 12 months in the county jail. Two years later he was convicted of his 3rd DWI and sentenced from one to 2 years.

Officer Duffin had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 3927

Incident Details

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

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On this actual anniversary of your death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement brethren will always remember. Rest in peace always.

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

January 14, 2021

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