Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman James F. Doherty

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, August 1, 1916

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Reflections for Patrolman James F. Doherty

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

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

July 30, 2020

I am a relative of Patrolman Doherty. He was my great uncle. Thank you for preserving Uncle James memory and educating people of his service. We speak of him, but it is heart warming to know others also honor his memory. We understand Uncle James was covering another officer's shift when the explosion occurred. An early wave of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 had struck Jersey City. The scheduled officer wanted to remove his family from the city and Uncle James covered his shift to allow him the time away. God Bless all the men and women who serve and protect.

P. J. Jernstedt-Duhaime
great niece

May 9, 2017

Rest in Peace Patrolman James F. Doherty. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Jersey City, New Jersey.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends, Co-Workers and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps protecting the public. I also Pray that the thugs who murdered you rot in hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 4, 2016

To a Grandfather I never knew, myself and other family members continue to be drawn to the history you left behind. Bereft of the chance to ever know you, we continue to honor your memory whenever we can. We look forward to the gathering at Liberty State Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the explosion at Black Tom Island with much pride.


July 16, 2016

Patrolman James F. DOHERTY.

I have just been moved in reading of your brave heroism that fateful night Sir, when cowardly agents of the Empire of Germany, sneak attacked the United States and thus ended your mortal life.

Please know that we did win what eventually became WWI, because of your sacrifice and Almighty God's will, in a cause of justice, in which you were one of the first American Heroes to fall.

Officer Leyden, I am now, One Hundred Years later, sincerely praying for You and All of Your descendants, as well as for our Great Nation.

Please know that Your Sacrifice and those of ALL your colleagues of the JCPD and other responding agencies will NEVER be forgotten.

May God Bless You, Eternally, Sir.


Lew Lee
NYC, retired.

September 26, 2015

Patrolman James F. DOHERTY ... the passage of time ( 99 years ) will never diminish our sincere appreciation for your dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice for us. God Bless You and Chief of Police Cornelius J. LEYDEN and all the victims affected by the explosion.

another grateful citizen

July 30, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 94th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 1, 2010



September 28, 2009

RIP...You will never be forgotten by those who love you.


October 8, 2008

Rest in peace Brother.

Kevin T Ryan

August 8, 2008

I had the honor to be with your family during a ceremony in your honor. I am also the father of two Jersey City Police Officers. I know that you are still on patrol and watch over your brother and sister officers. You are in my prayers and ask that I be in yours.
God Bless
Deacon Robert A. Baker, Sr.

Chaplain, Deacon Robert Baker
Hudson County Sheriff's Office

February 7, 2008

You did a fine job, Patrolman Doherty. Many more people would have been killed if not for your actions. Your sacrifice is not forgotten, even today (the 90th anniversary). Rest in peace.

Steven Biars

July 31, 2006

James F. Today, June 23rd 2006 you were awarded the Medal of Honor. Thanks to Jersey City Police Chief Robert Troy and Sgt Frank Sprague. I hope that you enjoyed the Guinness.

Paul Doherty
Great grandson

June 24, 2006

Dear Grandpa, Eventhough me and my brothers and sisters never got to meet you, You were a great insperation to us all and will forever remain our hero.

Frank Doherty
Grand Son

June 17, 2006

Dear Patrolman Doherty,

Please know you will never be forgotten. We all come to this page because we are part of one big family - a family that loves together, prays together, and grieves together.

God bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great nation.

Thank you for your protection both on earth and from above. We will meet up with you someday. We love you.

Grandma & Grandpa Hinkle
Parents of a Deputy Sheriff

October 7, 2004

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