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Special Policeman Joseph Antone Sigler | Bulpitt Police Department, Illinois Bulpitt Police Department, Illinois

Special Policeman

Joseph Antone Sigler

Bulpitt Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, September 14, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/10/1934

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Never apprehended

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Special Policeman Joseph Sigler succumbed to gunshot wounds he suffered four days earlier after escorting a citizen to his residence.

Special Policeman Sigler and his brother were requested to escort a local garage proprietor from a saloon to his home. Upon their arrival, the resident pointed out some bullet holes that had recently been shot into his house. As they conversed in front of the residence, a neighbor and the homeowner's wife joined them and the officer's brother left to walk home. Shortly after this, at about 2:45 am, the four were fired upon in the darkness, seriously injuring Special Policeman Sigler and the neighbor. The neighbor died later in the day from his injuries.

Special Policeman Sigler was struck in the back near his shoulder where the bullet lodged in his spine, causing paralysis. He succumbed to his injuries four days later at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Those responsible for the murders were never apprehended, but it was suspected the ambush occurred due to an ongoing dispute between two rival labor unions seeking control of the local coal mine employees.

Special Policeman Sigler had served with the Bulpitt Police Department for several months and was a US Army veteran of World War I. He was survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, four sisters and three brothers.

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Special Policeman Sigler's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 6-23-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
June 23, 2016


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