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Martin, Patrolman Jack G.

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Tuesday, August 9, 1988
Lynden P.D.

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.