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Police Officer Thomas A. Wodarczyk | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer

Thomas A. Wodarczyk

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, April 8, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 10530

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Patrolmen Thomas A. Wodarczyk and William S. Bodnar, Jr. , assigned to squad car 107 in the Central District, died when their car rammed a produce truck at Van Buren and Morgan Streets while they were chasing a stolen vehicle.

The patrolmen began the pursuit at 5:40 a.m., westbound on Van Buren from State. For 3 minutes and 20 seconds, squad 107 was reporting on the progress of the chase and relaying the license number of the car being pursued. Patrolman Bodnar was driving as Patrolman Wodarczyk updated the dispatch center.The radio of squad 107 went silent. At 5:43 a.m., another officer called in for emergency equipment to be sent to Van Buren and Morgan.The policemen were pronounced dead a short time later.

The truck driver was northbound on Morgan Street, proceeding through the green light. His view of the oncoming squad car was partially blocked by an eight-story building on the southeast corner of the intersection. The stolen vehicle was found abandoned. Officer Wodarczyk is survived by his wife and three children.

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Police Officer William S. Bodnar, Jr.
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End of Watch: Monday, April 8, 1974
Cause: Vehicle pursuit

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When I first came to this site, I was the only one who left a reflection so I picked a simple memory about Tom. Today with family and friends leaving reflections I thought I would add a private memory. Yes, Tom would play cards at my house but my most cherished memory was every Sat.he would come over and go to confession with my Mom and me. Sunday morning he would come over and go to Mass and Communion with my Mom and me. He was a very special person and will always bring a smile to my heart to have been his friend!

Barbara J. Siegenthaler-Miller
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June 29, 2015

 

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