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Police Officer John J. O'Brien | St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer

John J. O'Brien

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Thursday, April 16, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Police Officer John O'Brien was killed when a vehicle that was driving recklessly and fleeing other officers struck his patrol car driving 50 mph at Forest and Geranium Avenues.

The impact caused Officer O'Brien's vehicle to roll over and strike a house. Officer O'Brien's partner was critically injured. Two teenagers in the other car were killed and one was severely injured.

Officer O'Brien had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his expectant wife, two children. He was also survived by two brothers who were also officers on the department.

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Since you've gone one of your daughters was born and the other two grew up and got married to wonderful men, who would be honored to know you. Your youngest wishes she would have had the chance to know you as she hears stories of your fabulous sense of humor and love of people and life. You are grandfather to 5 lovely granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. They too will not know the blessing of your amazing energy. Life would have been so much richer had you been able to stay. There were times that we struggled, we cried, we remembered, we smiled. The years have passed much quicker than one would have imagined. Faith and Hope have sustained us. Sorrow is not forever but Love is. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

August 6, 2013


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