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Police Officer John J. Boss | Oak Park Police Department, Illinois Oak Park Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer

John J. Boss

Oak Park Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 19, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 310

Cause: Motorcycle crash

Incident Date: 4/17/1921

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Police Officer John Boss was killed while chasing a speeding taxicab.

Officer Boss and his partner chased a fleeing taxicab west on Madison Street from Lombard Avenue in excess of 50 mph. At Wisconsin Avenue, the cab quickly turned southbound. His partner, who was ahead, braked as he passed Wisconsin Avenue and began to turn around. Unable to stop, Officer Boss struck his partner's motorcycle and both men were thrown to the ground, unconscious. Officer Boss' motorcycle reportedly rolled several times and he was struck in the forehead by the handle bars. He died of his injuries 28 hours later.

Officer Boss had served for several years on the police department before volunteering for military duty in World War I. Upon his return to Oak Park, on the recommendation of the chief and his staff, he was reappointed to the police department.

Officer Boss was survived by a sister and three brothers. He was buried in Arlington Cemetery in Elmhurst.

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Officer Boss' story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 9-19-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police
September 19, 2017


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