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In Memory of Officer Raymond V. Sinclair

Date of Death: December 28, 1934

My father was named after Ofc. Sinclair. He was the best friend of my grandfather, who was also a police officer. I had heard from my parents that Ofc. Sinclair had died in a motorcycle accident but never knew the details until I did a search on the web for his name. I was curious as to why my grandfather named his youngest son after Raymond V. Sinclair. As I read one article about him, it stated that he and his wife did not have any children when he died. I then remembered hearing as a child that my father was named after Ofc. Sinclair because he and his wife had been unable to have children and my grandfather wanted his best friend's name to live on. My father was born in 1929. Five years later in 1934, Raymond V. Sinclair died, but his name has lived on with my dad.

Russ Strong
—Submitted May 2, 2011

Date of Death: December 28, 1934
Rank: Officer
Years of Service: 9
Marital Status: Married
Location of Death: Bladensburg Road, NW

Officer Sinclair and another motorman were traveling on Bladensburg Road, near Queens Chapel Road when Officer Sinclair attempted to pass an auto by swinging out to the left. As he attempted to pass, the auto decided to turn left.

Officer Sinclair died from a fractured skull and crushed chest.

In 1926 Officer Sinclair made 3,482 arrests and got convictions in all but 13 of them.

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