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Police Officer Michael J. Healy | United States Postal Inspection Service - Postal Police, U.S. Government United States Postal Inspection Service - Postal Police, U.S. Government

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Michael J. Healy

United States Postal Inspection Service - Postal Police, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Sunday, June 21, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 3972

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Officer Michael Healy was shot and killed during a robbery attempt at the main post office in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Three suspects entered the post office and attempted to disarm Officer Healy at gunpoint. He refused to hand over his weapon and was attempting to disarm the suspects when he was shot.

Officer Healy had served with the Postal Police for one year, and had previously served for two years with the Hometown III Police Department. He was survived by his wife, stepdaughter, parents, sister and brother. On July 14, 2003, a post office in Bridgeview, Illinois, was renamed the Michael J. Healy Post Office Building in his honor.

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It has taken all these years to put something in writing, and for that I am sorry. It is not as if you were forgotten, far from it you never forget the loss of such a fine person, who had everything to live for.

I served with Mike on the Hometown Police Department, in fact we were on patrol together just days before his death. I was on duty that Sunday night when the call came in. Our department was notified and we provided transportation and escort for his wife to the hospital where he was being treated. We could not get there fast enough.

As a fellow officer I, as many of the Hometown PD officers did, stood Honer Guard at his casket during the wake, and again carried Mike to his final resting place along with 5 other officers. I still have the white gloves used that that, and the black band that covered my star out of respect.

Mike had just reached a high point in his life, married a women he loved so much and became a "Dad" to his step-daughter who he adored.

I only wish, after all these years the persons responsible for this would have been brought to justice, and allow that rest.

Mike, your not forgotten, and never will be.

Sargent (retired) Russell Wende #205
Hometown Police Department
October 12, 2015


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