Patrolman James J. Hodgdon, III

Patrolman James J. Hodgdon, III

Lexington Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, November 4, 1967

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James J. Hodgdon, III

Patrolman James Hodgdon was killed in an automobile accident on Route 2.

It is believed that he was attempting to write down a license plate number when the accident occurred.

Patrolman Hodgdon was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Lexington Police Department for one year. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Patrolman Hodgdon's father, two brothers, and two sons also served in law enforcement.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 66
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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It’s been 51 years since the last time I saw you. I remember you gave me a ride to the Pool Variety Broadway & Walnut St in Somerville. You were just going back to work from a weeks vacation, first a detail at the Lexington High School Dance then you were going to work at midnight. Little did I know when you dropped me off it would be the last time i’d See you alive.
Just want you to know your 2 month old son Sean is a Lt. on the Mass State Police and your almost 2 year old son is a Capt. on the Lowell Police in Lowell Mass.
it’s been hard at times since we lost you and dad 2 months a part. We go to the cemetery often to visit you and the family.
Sorry it took all this time to leave a reflection but it’s hard trying to find the right words. You were cheated out of a full life but the only positive part of your passing is you died doing what you love to do. The rest of our family followed in youryand dads foot steps.

Until We Meet Again
Forever Young
Your brother Dennis

Ret. Patrolman Dennis Hodgdon (brother)
Somerville Police Dept.

November 4, 2018

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