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Police Officer Alan J. Vargo | Arlington Heights Police Department, Illinois Arlington Heights Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer

Alan J. Vargo

Arlington Heights Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, July 18, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 162

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Probation served

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Police Officer Alan Vargo was struck and killed by a drunken driver while directing traffic at the scene of an accident.

At 2:00 am, Officer Vargo was directing traffic at Arlington Heights Road and Olive Street when a drunken driver dodged a police blockade, struck Officer Vargo and dragged him 40 feet before stopping. Officer Vargo was transported to Northwest Community Hospital where he died a few hours later.

The offender later pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and served two years probation. In 1982, he was arrested for drunken driving.

Officer Vargo had served with the Arlington Heights Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, mother, brothers and sisters.

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The horrible killings of the police officers in Dallas yesterday brings back memories of your line of duty death back in 1976. It was the first of many officers that I worked with over my career who also paid the ultimate sacrifice. We were close friends who talked about becoming cops while still in high school. As a new police chief, I lost two of my officers in less than two years along with another fellow officer that I worked with in Albuquerque during that same time to violent duty related deaths. I will never get used to this Al, and as I promised 40 years ago, I will never forget your sacrifice. This is the 40th anniversary of your untimely passing. I was fortunate this past May to attend Police Week services in Washington, DC and once again was able to visit the Memorial Wall and pay you tribute for your service. May God bless you always my brother. 'Til we meet again.

Chief Michael Geier
Rio Rancho Police Department
July 9, 2016

 

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