Assistant Superintendent James G. Godwin

Assistant Superintendent James G. Godwin

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch Monday, April 4, 1955

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James G. Godwin

Assistant Superintendent James Godwin was shot and killed during an escape attempt at the Florida State Prison.

The inmate who shot Assistant Superintendent Godwin was a suspect in the murder of Patrolman Alje Savela, of the Massachusetts State Police, on August 31st, 1951. The man later died while in prison.

Assistant Superintendent Godwin is buried in Crosby Lake Cemetery, Starke, Bradford County, Florida.


  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

escape attempt

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 31, 2020

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