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Patrolman Dennis J. Laughlin | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Dennis J. Laughlin

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 9, 1960

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

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Patrolman Dennis Laughlin suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling with an armed robbery suspect.

He and several other officers had been working a plainclothes detail at the end of an investigation that targeted five armed robbery suspects. The officers had arrested four of the suspects and were attempting to arrest the fifth suspect. As the officers broke through the man's door he reached for a gun and Patrolman Laughlin tackled him.

After subduing the man Patrolman Laughlin collapsed.

Patrolman Laughlin had served with the Chicago Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

In 1939, Patrolman Laughlin's father, Patrolman Emmett Laughlin, was also killed in the line of duty while serving with the Chicago Police Department.

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Patrolman Emmett Laughlin
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Friday, August 25, 1939
Cause: Automobile crash

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Patrolman Laughlin,
On today, the 56th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 9, 2016


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