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Officer Joe V. Graham
Jun 11, 2021

Officer Graham died from an infection as a result of being bitten on the finger while making an arrest 6 weeks earlier. Officer Graham was on his way home when he was involved in a car accident at 25th Street and Market Street. He noticed that the other driver was intoxicated and told the man he was under arrest. The man began to resist and bit Officer Graham on the tip of his right middle finger. Officer Graham was able to complete the arrest.

The finger began to swell and he was admitted to the hospital on April 11. He was admitted into emergency surgery and had the finger amputated. The surgery failed to stop the infection and he was admitted to the hospital again. He died as a result of the infection on May 10.

Officer Graham had served with the Fort Worth Police Department for 9 years. He was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available


  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Wednesday, March 27, 1935

100 N Forest Park Blvd, Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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