Patrolman John J. O'Donnell

Patrolman John J. O'Donnell

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, August 9, 1942

John J. O'Donnell

Patrolman John O'Donnell was struck and killed by a drunk driver while he was loading an accident victim into a police ambulance at the intersection of Diversey Avenue and Kilbourn Avenue.

The drunk driver crashed into the back of the ambulance, crushing Policeman O'Donnell between the two vehicles.

The suspect was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Patrolman O'Donnell was assigned to the Cragin Station.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

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Patrolman O'Donnell,
On today, the 74th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 9, 2016

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