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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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I was just getting ready to graduate from the California Highway Patrol Academy in 1969 when I remember one of my instructors relating the accident you had. I was just reading ODMP today and saw your name. It brought me back to Sept 1969. I'm sorry I didn't honor you sooner. God Bless you Chief.

State Traffic Officer 7185 William Becze
California Highway Patrol
September 8, 2017


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