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Patrolman John Polcsak | Cheswick Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania Cheswick Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman

John Polcsak

Cheswick Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 26, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman John Polcsak was killed in a motorcycle crash while pursuing two subjects wanted for theft shortly after midnight.

A man and a 14-year-old girl had stolen $2,800 from the girl's mother the previous week. A Springdale constable had obtained warrants for both subjects and attempted to arrest them, but the two fled in a vehicle into Cheswick. Patrolman Polcsak and a state highway patrol officer joined the pursuit and chased the subjects into Harmar Township.

As the pursuit approached the Hulton Bridge, on Freeport Road, Patrolman Polcsak's motorcycle was sideswiped by another car and he crashed. The constable and highway patrolman terminated the pursuit and transported Patrolman Polcsak to Citizens General Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 11:00 am.

Both subjects were arrested later the in the day by the Springdale constable and members of the Pittsburgh Police Department.

Patrolman Polcsak had served with the Cheswick Borough Police Department for three years.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 14, 2013

 

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