Sergeant James S. Noyes 1954-1994

Shot at SWAT call- 10/3/94

photo of sergeant james noyesSergeant James S. Noyes was originally from Haverhill, Massachusetts. He graduated from Haverhill High School in 1972 and later graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1976 with a B.S. degree in Sociology. Sergeant Noyes was hired by the New Hampshire State Police on February 25, 1977.

While responding to a SWAT call on October 3, 1994 in Gilford, NH, Sergeant James Noyes was shot and killed during an attempt to save an elderly man from harming himself.

James Noyes resided with his wife Debra and three children in Madison, NH. While Noyes’ most important commitment was to his family, he was also very involved in his community. Serving on several different committees within the school system, Noyes and his wife were involved with the local school system. James was also an avid supporter of the local sports teams and even coached for a time. His presence is sorely missed by his family and the community.

Sergeant James Noyes was a seventeen-year veteran of the State Police and was well known and respected throughout the State law enforcement community. During this time, Sergeant Noyes was stationed at Troop E in Tamworth and had also worked with the Major Crime Unit, Narcotics Unit, and the SWAT Team.

On November 16, 1995 Sgt. James Noyes was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor for his bravery on October 3, 1994. The award was presented to his wife, Debra Noyes. Sergeant James Noyes was an exemplary trooper, a pillar in his community, and a dedicated family man.