Patrolman Stanley J. Ronczkowski

Patrolman Stanley J. Ronczkowski

Summit Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, March 2, 1936

Stanley J. Ronczkowski

Patrolman Stanley Ronczkowski died one month after developing gangrene as a result of frostbite while on duty.

Patrolman Ronczkowski was directing traffic at the scene of a fire on one of the coldest days on record in the Chicago area. Due to his extended exposure to the cold weather he suffered frostbite on his toes. He developed gangrene which led to the amputation of his lower left leg and died one month later as a result of complications from infection.

Patrolman Ronczkowski had served with the Summit Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and 11 children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 14

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 28, 1936

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Officer Ronczkowski's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 1-3-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

January 3, 2018

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