Police Officer James J. Hess

Police Officer James J. Hess

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, March 14, 1919

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James J. Hess

Officer Hess was shot and killed with his own handgun after responding to a disturbance call at a saloon in the 1300 block of Dickinson Street. The saloon owner and his bartender were arrested for his murder but they were not charged and were later released.

Officer Hess served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 10 months and was survived by his mother.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge 3448

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended and released


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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time can ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

March 14, 2021

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