Police Officer James Melvin Forbes

Police Officer James Melvin Forbes

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Friday, June 21, 1974

James Melvin Forbes

Officer Forbes and Officer James St. DeLore were killed when their police helicopter collided in mid-air with a Cessna 150. The officers were responding to a shooting in the south end of the city, when their helicopter collided with the Cessna that was landing at Boeing Field.

Officer Forbes had been a member of the Seattle Police Department for 15 years and is survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Officer Forbes,
On today, the 43rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Seattle. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 21, 2017

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