James W. Parham

James W. Parham
World Trade Center

From Prankster to Officer


The joy of being the older brother is that you can do whatever you want simply because you're older. Or at least that's the way James Parham, 33, used to justify the pranks he pulled on his younger brother. "When I was about 7 he got me to stick a coat hanger in the light socket," said Kevin Parham. "All I remember was the hallway looking blue to me and him sitting there tickled to death."

Of course, not all the pranks between the two were so painful. The boys would race one another home from school determined to win control of the television. But big brother always managed to come out on top, mainly because of a scheme. "He'd take the knob off the television so that even if I beat him, I couldn't turn to my channel," Kevin Parham said. "It was stuck on his show, 'Little House on the Prairie.' "

But Mr. Parham the prankster eventually became Mr. Parham the proud United States marine, the proud father of a 3-year- old, Resa, and the respected law enforcement officer. Shortly before he disappeared, he had been promoted to an academy instructor for the Port Authority. "He had so much to be proud of," Kevin Parham said. "But he'd give up everything to help somebody. He was always on the job."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 6, 2001.


PARHAM-James W. Port Authority Police Officer, a fallen hero, at the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001. Funeral service, 10AM Thursday, February 14, at Conway Funeral Home, 82-19 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights. Interment Calverton National Cemetery.

Paid notice published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on February 13, 2002.




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