Lieutenant John Eugene Galvin

Lieutenant John Eugene Galvin

Wichita Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Saturday, November 4, 2000

John Eugene Galvin

Lieutenant John "Jack" Galvin died of injuries received two weeks earlier from an explosion as he and members of the agency's bomb squad were destroying commercial fireworks.

The bomb squad was participating in a training exercise with 1,500 pounds of fireworks which were approximately three years old. As they were loading some of the fireworks into the pit that Lieutenant Galvin was working, an unknown event triggered an explosion, causing the remaining fireworks on the truck to ignite. Lieutenant Galvin received second and third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body. Another officer and a civilian were also injured in the explosion.

Lieutenant Galvin had been employed with the Wichita Police Department for 20 years, and had received numerous awards for bravery, including being involved with apprehending cop-killer in 1981. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and three sons.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion
  • Incident Date Friday, October 20, 2000

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