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Patrolman James Franklin Marchbanks

Savannah Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, June 30, 1976

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Reflections for Patrolman James Franklin Marchbanks

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

June 30, 2020

I remember that day so well. Jimmy you have never been forgotten. So many life's changed that day. You are always in my heart. Miss you dearly as I know so many others that grieved and still grieving. I'm still living where you was raised and spent your last day on earth.

Foster Sister Laura Jeffcoat

June 5, 2019

Rest in peace Patrolman Marchbanks. Were you related to fallen Miami, Fl Officer John Marchbanks?

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 25, 2019

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 26, 2018

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

July 4, 2015

James Marshbanks was my cousin. I remember his picture on the wall at my Grandmother's house.

Ralph DiFiore

May 15, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th anniversary year 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 17, 2012

Rest in peace Patrolman Marchbanks. I was wondering if you were related to Miami, FL Officer John Marchbanks who died I believe in 1926.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 26, 2012

He was a cousin to my Grandmother. RIP Jimmy!

APO Ralph DiFiore

May 9, 2012

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Marchbanks. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 3, 2012

James Marchbanks was a distant cousin. I always remember his picture on my grandmother's wall when I was a kid. I'm thankful to all officers who gave their life protecting.

Apo Ralph DiFiore

June 4, 2011

This is to Officer Marchbanks Son, I heard your voicemail but accidently deleted the message before I was able to save the number. If you would please call again, and I will call you back. Also RIP Officer Marchbanks, we still miss you

Cpl James Hollingsworth
Port Wentworth Police

June 28, 2010

I hold the city of Savannah close to my heart. My husband and I chose to marry in Forsyth Park because we love the city so much. Thank you, Office Marchbanks, for your service and your sacrifice to your community. God rest.

Philadelphia, PA

October 2, 2008

I was finally able to place your photo online. I believed your badge number was 46 but was not really sure so left it blank. Just wanted to let you know I think about you everytime I start my shift and think about the ultimate sacrifice you gave for your city and the citizens. Love you lots

Corporal Jimmy Hollingsworth
Port Wentworth Police Dept

August 27, 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

October 10, 2007

I was at your Memorial Service in Savannah, my first one since I been a Officer. When they read your name, a man walked up and placed a rose for you. I wanted to talk to him but didn't really know what to say. I am working on putting your photo on here after I get it scanned. Should be soon. Talk to you soon
Love your Brother in Blue

Officer James Hollingsworth
Port Wentworth Police Department

May 30, 2007

I count it a privilege to have known and been trained by you. You lived the example of a "good" police officer. You have truly been missed over the years. "Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied." Jude 1:2

Lt. Dorsey Stover
Savannah-Chatham Metro PD

February 14, 2007

Officer Marshbanks,

I was just a small child when I met you and just remember the stories of you when you put the handcuffs on me and let me play in your patrol car. I always wanted to be a police officer since I was little because of the stories I heard of you. My Grandparents and Parents loved you and always told great stories about you when you were at my Grandparents Auto Shop. I have been a Police Officer for almost 5 years now because of you. I want to thank you for your ultimate sacrifice that you gave to all the citizens of Savannah. You will never be forgotten. Love you always my Brother and friend.

Officer James Hollingsworth
Port Wentworth Police Department

December 28, 2006

Thank you for being in the service of the Savannah Police Department. Your strength of character has made the rest of us better Police Officers!!! You are a true hero and an example for all. Rest in peace my Brother in Blue.

Chief David M. Gellatly, ret
Savannah Police Department

December 23, 2006

You were a great friend and the best training officer I could have ever asked for. Not a day goes by that I don't think of your courage and dedication to the citizens of Savannah. May God always hold you in the palm of his hand.

Your Friend,


Chief James V. Murray
Peachtree City Police Department

June 19, 2006

Patrolman Marchbanks,
As one officer wrote in another fallen officer's reflection-"No fallen officer should be without a reflection." I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Savannah.


April 16, 2005

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