Police Officer John J. O'Brien

Police Officer John J. O'Brien

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Thursday, April 16, 1981

John J. O'Brien

Police Officer John O'Brien was killed when a vehicle that was driving recklessly and fleeing other officers struck his patrol car driving 50 mph at Forest and Geranium Avenues.

The impact caused Officer O'Brien's vehicle to roll over and strike a house. Officer O'Brien's partner was critically injured. Two teenagers in the other car were killed and one was severely injured.

Officer O'Brien had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his expectant wife, two children. He was also survived by two brothers who were also officers on the department.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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Since you've gone one of your daughters was born and the other two grew up and got married to wonderful men, who would be honored to know you. Your youngest wishes she would have had the chance to know you as she hears stories of your fabulous sense of humor and love of people and life. You are grandfather to 5 lovely granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. They too will not know the blessing of your amazing energy. Life would have been so much richer had you been able to stay. There were times that we struggled, we cried, we remembered, we smiled. The years have passed much quicker than one would have imagined. Faith and Hope have sustained us. Sorrow is not forever but Love is. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.


August 6, 2013

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