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Sergeant Jack R. Armstrong | Southern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police Southern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

Sergeant

Jack R. Armstrong

Southern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Thursday, April 25, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 115

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Jack Armstrong was shot and killed while patrolling the company's rail yards at 14th Street and Walnut Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois, at approximately 2:00 pm.

He was attacked by four men who were on a crime spree following the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sergeant Armstrong was transported to St. Mary's Hospital after the shooting where he succumbed to his wounds two hours later. The suspects stole his service weapon and two months later used it to murder Officer Henry Peeler of the Chicago Police Department.

Sergeant Armstrong had served with the Southern Railroad Police Department for 22 years and was a US Army veteran of World War II where he received three overseas service bars, four bronze starts, the American Theater Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, and his mother; he was preceded in death by one son.

Sergeant Armstrong is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory and Mausoleum in Belleville, Illinois.

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Patrolman Henry L. Peeler
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 5, 1968
Cause: Gunfire

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Sgt. Armstrong, on this 48th anniversary of your brutal murder, first off we can only hope the vile dirt who took your life faced true justice, if not in this world, then in the next.

Second, I thank you for your service to this nation. You proved yourself a true hero in so many ways, having your life taken from you while helping to protect one of America's greatest assets, it's railroads.

Thirdly, God Bless your family and the people they have become. I read a reflection indicating they are model citizens. This is a huge reflection on you and what you stood for.

Brother, Rest in Peace for all eternity and God Bless you.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
April 25, 2016

 

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