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Patrolman Thomas Kelma | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Thomas Kelma

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, May 31, 1935

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 427

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Thomas Kelma was shot and mortally wounded while attempting to arrest four armed robbers. Officer Kelma observed four armed robbers enter a lounge. As Officer Kelma intervened, a struggle ensued. The gunmen fired at the officer and fled. Officer Kelma succumbed to his wounds.

All four suspects were arrested and charged with Officer Kelma's murder. On July 26, 1935, one of the suspects was sentenced to life in prison; another one got 14 years; and one suspect hanged himself in his jail cell just before he was to be sentenced.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

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