Patrolman James Sidney Holmes

Patrolman James Sidney Holmes

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, September 21, 1920

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James Sidney Holmes

Patrolman James Holmes was stuck by a vehicle and killed while directing traffic at the corner of Main Street and Gayoso Street.

He motioned a large truck through the intersection as it was attempting a wide-angle turn at a low speed. While the truck was turning, Patrolman Holmes noticed a pedestrian who was unable to cross the street because of cars making right turns. Patrolman Holmes raised his hand to stop traffic and his sleeve caught on the bed of the turning truck. He was pulled under the wheels of the truck and killed.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 78

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

directing traffic

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On this 100th anniversary of your untimely death please know that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

September 21, 2020

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