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Martin, Patrolman Jack G.
End of Watch:
Tuesday, August 9, 1988
On Tuesday, August 9, 1988, Officer Jack Martin of the Lynden Police Department suffered a fatal heart attack after being involved in a violent fight with a suspect.
Officer Martin and his partner responded to a trooper’s traffic stop as back-up. The trooper was arresting a suspect for DUI when he began fighting. The three officers eventually subdued the suspect and took him into custody.
After the suspect was placed in the back of a patrol car, Officer Martin collapsed and suffered a fatal heart attack.
Martin had served in law enforcement for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.
On June 3, 2006, the Lynden Police Department opened a new headquarters facility, where they dedicated it to the memory of Officer Martin.