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Sergeant Michael R. Palese | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Michael R. Palese

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 22, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 1514

Cause: Struck by train

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Sergeant Michale R. Palese was struck and killed by a train while conducting a search for a missing child.

Sergeant Palese was participating in an emergency plan to find a missing six year old girl. Sergeant Palese searched the railroad tracks near the child's home. Heavy and blowing snow made visibility difficult. While searching near a railroad bridge, Sergeant Palese was too late to notice an approaching commuter train. Sergeant Palese was struck and killed by the oncoming train.

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I'll never forget the morning of March 22, 1977. My radio alarm went off as it did every school day but this time it was not to music, it was to the news that Sgt. Michael Palese had been killed. I couldn't believe what I heard, my 2 year old sister's father was killed while on duty.

Someone very special to the family actually works at 17, I find that such an honor. I know you're their guardian angel! I recently found out a good friend of mine's dad actually worked with you too!

You will always be in my heart and we all looked up to! You were a superior officer and leader! You are my fallen hero and are sorely missed. I love you!

August 3, 2014


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