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Patrolman Leon T. Czajka | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Leon T. Czajka

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, January 21, 1939

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

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Patrolman Czajka suffered a fatal cerebral hemorrhage following a foot pursuit of two car thief suspects. The two men had been pursued by another policeman who had commandeered a taxi cab, but the cab became stuck in traffic and was unable to pursue them further.

The pursuing policeman called to Patrolman Czajka, who then took up the chase by commandeering a car at the intersection of Dearborn Street and Monroe Street. Patrolman Czajka began pursuing the suspects on foot when they abandoned their vehicle at Wells Street and apprehended them a few blocks away.

He collapsed as he covered the two suspects with his pistol drawn. The two men attempted to flee the area but were stopped and held by a police department applicant who witnessed Patrolman Czajka collapse.

Patrolman Czajka had served with the agency for 18 years. He was survived by his wife.

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Rest in Peace, Patrolman Czajka. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
April 27, 2012

 

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