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Sergeant Melvin Chester Means | Olympia Fields Police Department, Illinois Olympia Fields Police Department, Illinois


Melvin Chester Means

Olympia Fields Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, December 15, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Incident Date: 12/9/1967

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Sergeant Melvin Means succumbed to injuries suffered six days earlier after being struck by a vehicle on U.S. 30 at Olympian Way.

Sergeant Means was directing traffic as a car was being removed from a ditch by a tow truck operator when he was struck by an eastbound car, resulting in him being thrown 70 feet. Sergeant Means was transported to St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights where he died from his injuries six days later.

The 16-year-old driver was charged with driving too fast for conditions and reckless driving.

Sergeant Means had served with the Olympia Fields Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Sergeant Means' story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 9-27-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police
September 27, 2017


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