Patrolman Jeffrey Paul Hopkins

Patrolman Jeffrey Paul Hopkins

Joliet Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, September 29, 1975

Jeffrey Paul Hopkins

Patrolman Jeffrey Paul Hopkins died as a result of injuries received as he was escorting a funeral procession.

On September 23, 1975, Officer Jeffrey Hopkins was off duty in full police uniform riding a motorcycle that was equipped as a police motorcycle with red flashing lights and siren. He was providing a funeral escort that was sanctioned and approved by the City of Joliet and the Chief of Police. During the escort of the funeral cortege, Officer Hopkins stopped an individual for interrupting the funeral procession. He then attempted to catch up with the funeral procession, and was thrown off his motorcycle when struck by another car on Cass Street just east of Garnsey.

As a result of the impact, the motorcycle was overturned and Officer Hopkins was thrown to the street. Officer Hopkins sustained head injuries, despite the fact that he was wearing a helmet. He never regained consciousness, and died six days later.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 182

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 23, 1975

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All my life and to this day my dad keeps a yellowed newspaper clipping in a box on his dresser from that day. He left JPD two years later, and I believe your loss was a part of that. He never spoke (to me) about it, but because of that little clipping from the paper, he never really had to.

Ofc. J.D. Calvert 5282
Travis County Sheriff's Office

March 30, 2018

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