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Patrolman John J. Byrnes | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


John J. Byrnes

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, September 30, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: Not available

Badge # 4730

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/26/1926

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: In custody

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Patrolman John J. Byrnes, of the 11th District, was fatally shot at 8:00 p.m. on September 26, 1926, dying four days later.

Patrolman Byrnes and his partner went to investigate a burglary complaint. The officers exchanged fire with two unknown men who made their escape.

On November 6, 1926, two men were interviewed and named Patrolman Byrnes' killer who was in jail at Rochester, New York at which time he confessed.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 87th 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 Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
August 11, 2013


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