Policeman James J. Hess

Policeman 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 Philadelphia saloon. The saloon owner was arrested for his murder.

Officer Hess was survived by his mother.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge 3448

Incident Details

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

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Officer Hess,
On today the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 14, 2019

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