Patrolman James Goodwin

Patrolman James Goodwin

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, May 4, 1942

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James Goodwin

Patrolman Goodwin died from injuries received in a motorcycle accident while escorting a parade.

Patrolman Goodwin was riding eastbound on Euclid Avenue near East 100th Street while escorting the Cleveland's War Bond Parade, when he attempted to pass a motorcycle operated by a volunteer helping to form the parade at University Circle. As Patrolman Goodwin neared the other motorcycle, it struck the rear wheel of Patrolman Goodwin's bike, causing him to swerve into the path of an oncoming automobile.

Patrolman Goodwin was rushed to Lakeside Hospital with serious injuries and he died from the injuries four days later.

Patrolman Goodwin was survived by his wife and two daughters. He was buried in Knollwood Cemetery.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 1104

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Thursday, April 30, 1942

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman James Goodwin of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 76 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 4, 2021

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