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

He 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 had served with the Cleveland Division of Police for 15 years. He 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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Patrolman Goodwin,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cleveland. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 4, 2022

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