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Policeman Robert Cook County Highway Police, Illinois


Robert "Red" McCarthy

Cook County Highway Police, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, August 24, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Motorcycle crash

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Policeman Red McCarthy was killed in a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Graceland Avenue and Rand Road in Des Plaines at approximately 2:00 am

He and another officer were on patrol when a vehicle turned left in front of them, causing a collision. Policeman McCarthy succumbed to his injuries while being transported to Des Plaines Emergency Hospital.

The driver of the car that caused the collision was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

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Officer McCarthy,
Sir, it has taken over 81 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cook County.


United States Border Patrol
January 22, 2013


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