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Patrol Officer James F. Knapp | Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, Illinois Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, Illinois

Patrol Officer

James F. Knapp

Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 408

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 1/4/2006

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Officer James Knapp was killed when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident at 6:15 am at the intersection of 100th Place and 76th Avenue in Bridgeview.

Officer Knapp was en route to the sheriff's station in Bridgeview when his squad car rear-ended a semitrailer that was stopped waiting to make a left-hand turn during foggy and slick road conditions. He was extricated from his squad car before being transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Knapp had served with the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife, who is a lieutenant with the department, two sons, parents and brother.

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It has been over a year now since Shawn's first day at the Sheriff's Police Academy, April 8(408). How appropriate. He has turned out to be a fine Officer. I know you are very proud of him and that you are watching over him every day. He has gained respect and recognition from his bosses. I beam every time I think about him and I wish you were here to share his success with me. Another Knapp on the thin blue line. Love you angel mine,

Your adoring wife Grace

Lt. Grace Castillo Knapp (Ret.) CCSD
Surviving Spouse
May 29, 2014


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