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Guard Friebert F. Jahnke | Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois


Friebert F. Jahnke

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 24, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

Incident Date: 10/23/1933

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Guard Friebert Jahnke died from injuries suffered the previous day when he was hit by a car while crossing Illinois Route 4 at the Log Cabin service station north of Pontiac.

Guard Jahnke was struck while searching for two escaped inmates from the Pontiac Correctional Center who were later captured.

Guard Jahnke had served with the Illinois Department of Corrections for three years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Dear Grandpa Jahnke, I have always been very proud of you and your service in Illinois, although your early death meant I was never privileged to know you. It's a shame your name is misspelled on this site as well as on the Fallen Officers' Memorial in Springfield, IL but we know what it really is. Until we meet in Heaven, Grandpa. --Jeanie

Jean Macesich
May 23, 2015


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