James Simone

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James Simone
Born March 21, 1948
Cleveland, Ohio
Other names Supercop
Relatives Wife Lynne Dorothy Stachowiak, Retired CPD Chief Dispatcher
Awards Cleveland Police Medal of Valor
Police career
Department Cleveland Division of Police
Years of service 1974 - 2011
Rank Patrolman

James Simone, also known as "Supercop," was a highly decorated patrol officer with the Cleveland Division of Police.

During his 38 years as a police officer, Simone was involved in several high-profile incidents. He shot 11 people in the line of duty, killing five of them.[1] All of his deadly force incidents were investigated and ruled justifiable. He has been shot twice, stabbed, and hit by several cars.[1] Simone was also a mainstay on the department's list of officers making the most arrests and issuing the most citations.[2] During his career, Simone was responsible for more than 10,000 arrests. He also wrote in excess of 100,000 traffic citations.

Simone's work has garnered him national media attention, including profiles on America's Most Wanted, Good Morning America, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung and Top Cops.[3] One of the nation's most decorated police officers, he earned numerous awards and commendations for heroism and duty, including the Cleveland Police Dept.'s Medal of Valor.[4] He was also named "Officer of the Year" twice—the only person to do so in the history of the department. Simone has won numerous awards from MADD for his high rate of DUI arrests.[3]

On November 16, 1983, Simone and two other officers, Brian Miller and John Thomas, were shot by Dennis Workman, an emotionally disturbed ex-convict, in a church basement. Simone, who was shot under his left eye, managed to shoot and kill Workman, who had continued to fire his .38 caliber revolver at the three downed officers. In 1980, Simone arrived at a house fire before fire department personnel. Believing there were family members inside the house, he rushed in. He succumbed to smoke inhalation before being dragged out by rescue personnel. In winter 2011, Simone jumped into the frigid Cuyahoga River to save a 26-year-old woman who fallen through the ice and had disappeared below the surface.

Prior to his service for the City of Cleveland, Simone served with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. For his actions in taking out an enemy machine gun nest, he was awarded a Bronze Star with "V" device. He was wounded twice in combat, earning Purple Hearts on both occasions. In August 1968, his platoon was overrun by Viet Cong and sustained heavy casualties. Simone suffered a shrapnel wound in his neck, nearly bleeding to death before he could be airlifted to a MASH unit.

Simone is the subject of an upcoming biography by Cleveland journalist Robert Sberna. The book is scheduled for release in late 2015 or early 2016.


Hackworth climbed into the truck and reached down, Simone would say later, for something the officer could not see Simone fired, striking Hackworth in the side. The truck rolled down the street and crashed into a utility pole. Hackworth was dead, Simone's fifth career fatality. And inside the truck: no gun.



  1. ^ a b Nichols, Jim (2008-07-11). "'Supercop' braces for criticism; Suspect is 5th he has killed in 35-year career". The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio). p. A1. Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ Nichols, Jim (2008-07-10). "'Supercop' Jim Simone braces for criticism after Wednesday shooting". The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio). Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Hoffman, Kevin (2002-06-06). "Supercop". Cleveland Scene (Cleveland, Ohio). Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  4. ^ Puente, Mark (2009-03-06). "'Supercop' Simone won't be charged in fatal shooting". The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio). p. B1. Retrieved April 29, 2009.