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Chief of Police John Robert Judge | Marquette Heights Police Department, Illinois Marquette Heights Police Department, Illinois

Chief of Police

John Robert Judge

Marquette Heights Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, September 8, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 22 years

Badge # CHIEF

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Chief of Police John Judge was accidentally shot and killed when his service revolver discharged and struck him in his left leg.

He had just arrived at his home at 208 Grant Road and was exiting his patrol car when the gun discharged. The round severed his artery, causing him to bleed to death. Chief Judge was known to keep the revolver half-cocked while carrying it in his belt.

Chief Judge had served with the Marquette Heights Police Department for eight years and had previously served with the St. Louis Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren.

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We cannot fully honor our heroes of the present without paying tribute to our heroes of the past, Your heroism and service is honored today, the 46th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
March 23, 2015

 

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