Police Officer John W. Mathews

Police Officer John W. Mathews

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, May 21, 1988

John W. Mathews

Officer John W. Mathews was attacked and killed by five assailants.

Officer Mathews was returning home and was attacked and killed by five assailants while investigating a drinking and drag racing party. He was off duty when he noticed several squad cars down the street. He went to assist the officers and cleared the scene. Later in the night he returned to the scene to check on it when five men came out of the woods and attacked him with several blunt objects.

The killers were arrested and convicted; all have since been released from prison.

Officer Mathews served the Chicago Police Department for 18 months. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, three sisters and a brother.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 9827

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Released from prison

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I feel like you need an update. So, you're a grandpa. Your grandon's name is Theodore William Mathews (William after you and me). He was born November 15, 2015. He is the HAPPIEST BABY EVER! You would love him, and I have no doubt that he would love being around you. When he wakes up in the morning, as soon as we open the door to his room and turn on the light he gets a smile from ear to ear, it is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. I feel like his laugh could stop wars. I love being a father, I've done a lot of things in my life now (thanks for watching over me during all of those times), but being a father is by far the best.

Having lost you when I was so young, I think about how I am with Theo, and as silly as it may seem, I think, 'I bet my dad was like this with me' and it makes me immeasurably happy and proud to have been brought into this world by you and Mom. I wish I had memories of you, but now, I feel like I have a pretty good idea how you were as a father, by how I am as one.

I wish you could hold Theo, I wish you could play with him. I wish I could hear you laugh when he laughed, or see you smile when he smiles. I was always told that having a baby would change me, and it has. I have so much more respect for the sacrifices you and Mom made at such a young age, and I couldn't even imagine how you guys made it, but you guys managed and managed well.

In October you'll have a granddaughter, Annie is going to be a mom. I have no doubt that she will be your little princess and you'll watch over her with immense pride, like you watch over your own children and wife.

We miss you, I hope you're enjoying watching the family you started grow! Love you, dad.

FF Joey Mathews (USMC)

August 26, 2016

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