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Patrolman James Duane Hoff

Reno Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Monday, June 25, 1979

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Reflections for Patrolman James Duane Hoff

I was a newly hired police officer with the department in March 1979 and helped search until we found you. I did not know you but came to learn a lot about you. I have always held you in the utmost respect and still honor your memory to this day.

Jeffrey Johnson Sr. Police Officer
Reno Police Department

October 4, 2020

Please know that your memory, service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

June 25, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Hoff.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 2, 2019

Jimmy Hoff was a well regarded police officer and investigator. I later got to know many of his friends while working with them as a Detective and or a Patrolman. Prior to going to Patrol I did a stint in the jail and we housed the suspects who committed his murder. I detected little if any remorse from any of them. His funeral was the first police burials that I attended (I had just been hired by Washoe County S.O.). I recall citizens lining the streets during portions of the motorcade to pay respects. It was a touching scene. The great citizens of our community truly appreciated Jimmy and those who died later in the line of duty (there were several to follow). Every year the Jimmy Hoff Memorial in Reno is attended by officers from all over the state. An important and well deserved tribute to a great policemen who just wanted to make our community a little bit safer by getting drugs off the street.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)

June 25, 2019

Ode To The Blue:

Oh Jimmy my friend;we fought to the end,
And always we lived through to tell it.

But on that last day;behind I must stay,
And I cried as they laid you to rest.

The Piper's Dirge wailed as the wind in bare trees,
And all of the men; they stood proud before you.

The Twenty One Guns did shout to the sun,
At my last sight of you;still wearing the Blue.

The wicked shall flee when no man pursueth.
Proverbs 28:1

Det. Gary Eubanks (ret.)
Reno Police Department

March 17, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Correctional Officer 84804
California Dept.Of Corrections

July 8, 2016

he was a trusted competent officer.

patrolman joseph k. Nicholes
patrolman #257 Reno Police Dept.

July 9, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 25, 2015

Jimmy...where has all this time gone? I was one of the last to see you in the station that night as I photocopied the "buy" money for you. You were kidding around and flashing that great smile - you had no apparent concern about your job that fateful night. How could everything have gone so wrong? Here we are 34 years later and memories are as burned into my memory as ever. The James D. Hoff Memorial at Idlewild Park is my cover pic here on Facebook in your memory. It should never have happened...Rest well, my friend.

Debbie Ames
Reno PD Records Supervisor (1972-2003)

June 26, 2013

Jimmy, we got old without you. You're still young with that "What?" grin in our world. Miss you. On a scale of 1 to 10, you're still an 11!

Ralph Willits
Reno Police Department

June 25, 2013

I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization. I have given my life so that others may live in peace. I have lived my life as a dedicated member of the greatest profession. There is no greater honor.

As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.

You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.


Doug Gist, Captain (ret) Washoe SO
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum

May 9, 2013

Jimmy followed me in working undercover and I've thought for many years how easily it could have been any of us who were in the position Jimmy found himself. In the years I knew Jimmy what I remember most about him is his ever present smile. You could always count on Jimmy to raise the spirits of those around him. He has been sorely missed by many of us and will NEVER be forgotten. We all carry a piece of Jimmy in our hearts.

Rick DeLuca
Former Reno P.D. detective

March 1, 2012

Jimmy, we still miss you.

Sandra More

January 25, 2012

Officer Hoff you are remembered by the members of the Boston Police Dept. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept

January 6, 2012

I was 6 years old and on a family vacation in Washington DC the weekend you died. Somehow, someone from RPD tracked my Dad down at the hotel we were staying at to tell him you had died. It was the first time I saw my Dad cry. He called you his partner and said that you were a good man.


February 1, 2010

On the 30th anniversary of Patrolman Hoff's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Patrolman Hoff is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

June 26, 2009

James, Bless you and your family and the Reno Police Department. To all officers in the Reno Police Dept.,
thank you for everything you do for fallen officers. We know if there is a fallen officer in Northern California that the Reno Police Dept. will be there to pay respect to their brother or sister, to their family, and their agency.

Phyllis Loya
mother of Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05, Pittaburg PD

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 17, 2009

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice OFFICER HOFF.


January 28, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 11, 2007



November 24, 2007

Your valor and service will always be appreciated and never forgotten. Rest in peace.

May 12, 2007

May we never forget this Warrior's sacrifice. May God Grant Ptl. Hoff's Family, Fellow Officer's, and Friends Peace on this anniversary date. Rest in Peace Brother in Blue....

Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Twp PD, Lewisburg, Pa.

June 25, 2006

You are not and will not be forgotten.

June 25, 2006

Brother Jimmy,
We sure had some good times. Most of us are retired or will soon. Sorry you couldn't grow old with us.


Rest in peace blue angel.

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