At approximately 2 pm, on Tuesday, August 9, 2005, 25-year-old Officer James McBride, a two-year-veteran patrol officer with the Metropolitan Police Department's First District, became ill. Officer McBride was at the department's Maurice T. Turner Jr., Institute of Police Science taking part in the second day of a five-day-long bicycle training course when he became ill and was taken to the Washington Hospital Center.
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At approximately 1:27 pm, on Wednesday, August 10, 2005, Officer McBride was pronounced dead. The cause of death will be determined pending an autopsy by the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Chief of Police Charles H. Ramsey noted that Officer McBride was an outstanding officer and was named rookie of the year in 2004. He stated, "We have lost a beloved member of our family. The community has lost a valued and dedicated protector." He added, "Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and other loved ones."
Officer McBride will be buried, with full police honors, on Saturday, August 13, 2005, at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard Street, NW. Viewing is at 9 am; funeral services follow at 11 am.
- Funeral Arrangements for Officer James C. McBride/Family Statement
- Mayor Williams Statement on Death of Officer McBride
- Submit a personal remembrance of Officer McBride on the MPDC's Online Memorial