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Patrolman John George Gillespie | Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania


John George Gillespie

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 25, 1955

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 66

Tour: 40 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Incident Date: 12/16/1949

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Patrolman John Gillespie succumbed to injuries sustained five years earlier when he was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at the intersection of Pioneer Avenue and West Liberty Avenue.

He was transported to a local hospital where he remained for almost four years, being released on September 20th, 1953, after undergoing 16 different surgeries. He returned home where his conditioned continued to worsen. He suffered a fatal heart attack as result of his injuries on January 25th, 1955.

Patrolman Gillespie was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Pittsburgh Police Department for 40 years. He was survived by his wife.

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Patrolman Gillespie,
On today, the 61st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army during WW I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
January 26, 2016


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