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Sergeant Frank Svec | Berwyn Police Department, Illinois Berwyn Police Department, Illinois


Frank Svec

Berwyn Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, December 12, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 8 years

Badge # SGT

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Frank Svec and Patrolman Edger Chatterton were shot and killed by a man they attempted to serve a warrant on for truancy as he had refused to send his two children to school because he opposed vaccination.

As the two officers stood on the front porch of the home, the suspect fired several times through his glass front door.

The suspect was captured a few minutes later and stated he thought the two officers were burglars, but was convicted of Sergeant Svec's murder and sentenced to life in prison on August 2, 1933. On October 18, 1934, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed and remanded the conviction and sentence stating there was reasonable doubt.

Sergeant Svec had served with the Berwyn Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife, son and daughter.

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Patrolman Edgar J. Chatterton
Berwyn Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Monday, December 12, 1932
Cause: Gunfire

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Sergeant Svec's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 5-26-16 to honor him.

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