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1914-11-09 Ballard James
Patrolman James Ballard


Entered Division of Police
July 1, 1913
Died In the Line of Duty
November 9, 1914

Patrolman James Ballard came into the department July 1, 1913, and on November 9, 1914 was walking his beat when he discovered burglars had broken into Tom Hall's Restaurant at Oak Street and Parsons Avenue.  When the burglars saw the officer, they opened fire and Ballard was wounded, dying an hour later. “Money Jim” Smith and his partner were captured 48 hours later and Smith was sentenced to the electric chair.  The sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment.