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Patrolman John J. McGonigal | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


John J. McGonigal

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, November 19, 1923

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 65

Tour: 35 years

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Cause: Explosion

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Patrolman John McGonigal was killed when six barrels of grain alcohol exploded in the Warren Street station house. The alcohol had been confiscated during a raid and was being stored in the station house as evidence.

It is believed the alcohol was ignited by a spark from Patrolman McGonigal's pipe as he walked past it.

Patrolman McGonigal served with the Chicago Police Department for 35 year and was assigned to the 20th District. He was survived by his wife.

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Patrolman McGonigal,
On today, the 93rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago.


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November 19, 2016


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