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Detective Duane Dean Winkelman | Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Detective

Duane Dean Winkelman

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Thursday, December 28, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 month

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Not available

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Detective Duane Winkelman was shot and killed while conducting a routine check of a rail yard in East St. Louis, Illinois.

During the check he and his partner observed a group of men stealing from a boxcar. Detective Winkelman chased one of the subjects through several neighborhood backyards and into the parking lot of a tavern in the Rush City neighborhood. The subject opened fire on him in the parking lot, striking him in the chest with a blast from a shotgun.

Detective Winkelman was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He had only served with the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department for one month and had previously served with the Rock Island Railroad.

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Duane was my father, I did not get to know him well as he was taken from me at a young age. I do remember he was strong and kind. I know he was good to my mother. I know he painted a train around the inside of our bedroom and the engineer was on the inside of the door. Unfortunately while my mother was grieving in Kansas there was a flood where we lived and almost all of our photographs were lost. Thank you all for your kind thoughts. Even after all this time there is still a hole in my life where he should be.

PFC 502nd MP company 82-85
Son, Proud big brother to Thad
August 22, 2015

 

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