Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer James M. Goodman

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Thursday, June 3, 2004

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Reflections for Officer James M. Goodman

To Jim's Family,
Ofc. Goodman was our instructor for over a month up till about two weeks ago. He captivated us, made us laugh, and most of all, he was a true mentor. He was an awesome story teller...taking us onto the freeways with his words and telling us about the latest hit and run driver he caught or how he loved "shaggin' speed" on the overpasses through Redlands. We were honestly all mesmorized by his deep voice and the humor he brought to our academy class. Mrs. Patricia Goodman, you have no idea how much your husband impacted our classroom and how he took a semi-boring subject and turned it into something we looked forward to learning about. On a final note, before he'd leave every day, he'd put on his "Harley Davidson" bandana followed by his glistening gold and blue CHP motor helmet then followed by his mirrored Oakley sunglasses. On the last day, he did just that, and he told us this: Good luck in your careers ladies and gentlemen...You've been a great class! Stay safe out there! See ya on the road!" And he made his exit... Thank you Jim Goodman, thank you for being a model officer and thank you for impacting our class more then any one instructor. We will miss you and you will NEVER be forgotten...


One of the first days of class a trainee said "Man! Those are huge boots!"
Ofc. Goodman: Well the crap so deep in here I have to wear them!!

Class 155
San Bernardino Sheriff's Academy

June 8, 2004

May God bless and keep you and your family.
Rest in peace, brother.........

New Jersey State Police

June 8, 2004

Officer Goodman,
My heart goes out to your family & friends during their loss. I know how bad it hurts to have the officer come to tell you that your loved one has been killed "in the line of duty". My first husband was also a state trooper who was killed. I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around your family & help them make it through life without's so difficult to do.

Survivor of Trooper Calvin E. Taylor

June 8, 2004

I wish to extend my sympathy to the family, friends and CHP family of Officer Goodman. My heart aches as we once again say farewell to another hero. You will now stand watch in Heaven along with many of your CHP brothers and sisters who went before you. Thank you for protecting us and for taking on a job that only a chosen few could do. God Bless.

Cindy Distel
Mother of CHP Motor Officer Shannon L. Distel, EOW 8/27/03

June 8, 2004

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and members of the California Highway Patrol.

Trooper Brandon Hoaglan
Florida Highway Patrol

June 8, 2004

"For motormen are a special breed, they love to ride the wind.. And when you hear the thunder boom, the fallen one rides again...... "

Rest in Peace!

Sr. Cpl. E.L. Hagan, 6065
Dallas Police Dept

June 8, 2004

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

June 8, 2004

We are all missing you. From the big smile, to the salute at the drop of the "CHIPS" theme song, to- "Could you please tell me what California Vehicle Code ~~~ says?" Thank you for being you. Rest in peace our mentor and hero.

155th Session
San Bernardino Sheriff's Academy

June 8, 2004

Jim earned the Medal of Valor valiantly and courageously crawling thru rubble of the collapsed Bay Bridge during the 1989 earthquake. Jim was the example of a free spirited man. As my classmate and friend, I will miss him. All of us who belonged to the fabled CTC I-84 CHP "Olympic Class" at the CHP Academy are honored to have known you. Jim, it was just last year that we had our "reunion" on the mountain. I'll miss our conversations.....

Sergeant Sam Knight
California Highway Patrol

June 7, 2004

God Bless you Jim. And God Bless your family. You will be missed. You always had funny comments after traffic court in CoCo County. You were (and still is) an exceptional Chippy. My prayers are with your family.

Investigator, Q. Warren
Alaska Div. Banking, Securities, & Corp.

June 7, 2004

To Officer Goodman family, friends, and the California Highway Patrol. I would like to extend my condolences and deepest sympathy. You have lost a beautiful soul, but heaven has one more shining star. My thoughts and prays are with you all. Thanks Officer Goodman for a job well done; may your soul rest in peace.

Patrol Officer
Prince George's County, Maryland

June 7, 2004

Our thoughts and pryers go out to your family, friends and members of the CHP. May you rest in peace brother.

Trooper M.W. Jones
Indiana State Police

June 7, 2004

Adios and via con Dios, mi amigo Jaime.

I practiced my minimal Spanish speaking skills on the willing Jaime.

I will miss you so.

Deb Olson
Alem International

June 7, 2004

Please accept our sincere condolences on the recent loss of Officer James M. Goodman. My husband is a Sergeant out of Central CHP and this really hits home with us. We share your sadness and extend our sympathy and support. Sincerely,

James and Rosalind Curry

Police Officer Rosalind S. Curry
Los Angeles Police Departement

June 7, 2004

I pray for strength and peace for your family and friends. As a former "Motorman" I know the freedom you enjoyed and left this place doing what you loved. Go rest high on the mountain.

D/Sgt. Vencent Woods
State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

June 7, 2004

May God hold you in a special place and watch over your family forever brother....................

Pennsylvania State Police

June 7, 2004

A coward dies a thousand deaths, a hero dies but one.

May God be with Ofc. Goodman and his family in their time of grief.

"I am my brothers keeper"

109th Cadet Class, Austin Police Department

June 7, 2004

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).
Unfortunately, I had to add the name of another friend. Deputy Jeffrey Hewitt, Buncombe County (NC) Sheriff’s Department, E.O.W. April 4, 2004.

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood County EMS (NC)

June 7, 2004

Thank you for making California safer. Where would we be without brave men and women such as yourself?

God Bless, you're riding with the Archangel Michael now.


June 7, 2004

Day is done,
gone the sun.
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Godspeed to you and your family.


June 7, 2004

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure James did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and James be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Officer Goodman's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that James is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain James was well respected and well loved.

Thank you Officer Goodman for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiance Dennis for me.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry, Davis Co. Iowa - EOW (

June 7, 2004

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Officer James M. Goodman and the California Highway Patrol our hearts and prayers are with you all...... Thank you for a job well done James... rest in peace as you continue your watch from the heavens......your memory will never be forgotten...

God Bless....Be Safe..... and wear your vests...

Vin, Pook and all of us at beyond-the-blue

Vinman and Pooky -Site Owners

June 6, 2004

To the family and friends of Officer Goodman, and to the CHP members, may God bless you and be with you in this time of sorrow. America lost another hero today; you are now 10-42 go walk a beat on Heaven's streets, you've done your time in here, you are a blue angel, R.I.P. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. God Speed Brother

Diane Dodge
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Bartow, FL

June 6, 2004

Ofc. Goodman,

You truly are a hero. Your brothers in blue could only wish to be as stong as you. My prayers are wiht you and your family and all the members of the California Highway Patrol. RIP.

Ofc. BM Damon
T/ Manlius PD, NY

June 6, 2004

Jim it was good working with you and its been an honor to know you. You're a great beat partner and friend and you will be missed dearly. San Bernardino won't be the same without you. Until I see you again, Tom.

Officer T. Spence
California Highway Patrol

June 6, 2004

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