Detective Sergeant John J. Prendergast

Detective Sergeant John J. Prendergast

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, August 30, 1914

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John J. Prendergast

Detective Sergeant John Prendergast was killed in an automobile accident when escorting a prisoner to the police station.

As they waited with several other people at an intersection, an automobile containing five intoxicated men approached at high speed. Sergeant Prendergast shouted a warning to the citizens. The prisoner was pulled to safety, but the automobile struck Sergeant Prendergast, killing him instantly.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 375

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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Detective Sergeant Pendergast's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 5-24-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

May 24, 2018

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