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Patrolman Joseph L. Pijanowski | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Joseph L. Pijanowski

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, November 18, 1920

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 1427

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/14/1920

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: 2 of 3 suspects sent to prison

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Officer Joseph Pijanowski was assigned to escort a former alderman who had previously received threats to his safety. Upon arrival at the politician's home, Officer Pijanowski observed three men hiding beneath the porch. After being ordered to come out, the offenders opened fire.

Officer Pijanowski suffered a severe wound and died in a hospital four days later.

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Dear Officer Pijanowski, You were the grandfather I never knew, my mother's father, and my grandmother's first husband. I heard stories of your heroics from the time I was a young boy, but never saw proof until today. You contributions to our family's legacy are a source of great pride. Grandmother gave me two nightsticks, which you used on your rounds that will be passed on to your great-grandchildren.

Thank you for your service.

Joseph L. Luppert, Grandson
July 2, 2013


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