Officer Thomas Tinerella

Officer Thomas Tinerella

Streamwood Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, June 3, 1966

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Thomas Tinerella

Officer Thomas Tinerella was struck and killed by a drunken driver while directing traffic at 10:30 pm.

Officer Tinerella was stopping traffic on Irving Park Road to let traffic exit a school parking lot after an event. The suspect was arrested after stopping the vehicle a short distance away.

Officer Tinerella had served with the Steamwood Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, two daughters, mother, father, sister, and grandchild.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Arrested

directing traffic, DUI

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Dad, you were taken so early from us, yet lately I feel closer. More so than ever ! Yet it's such a shame that your own department does not honer the sacrifice you made . Service to this country and your life to the town we lived in! Thank you Officer Down Memorial for remembering.
Jim Tinerella

His son

June 7, 2023

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