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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

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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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Yesterday would have been our 13th wedding anniversary. I couldn't write this yesterday. Today I can say that I miss you as much as ever and that the pain never goes away. I wish I could just see your face and hear you call my name. But I guess I will have to wait til we meet again. And we will. I know that for sure.

Eternally in love with you,

Your devoted wife Grace

Lt. Grace Castillo Knapp (Retired)
Spouse/ Cook Co. Sheriff
June 29, 2015


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