Detective Sergeant John L. Bialk

Detective Sergeant John L. Bialk

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, September 21, 1916

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John L. Bialk

Detective Sergeant John Bialk responded to a domestic dispute call. As he entered the home, Sergeant Bialk confronted the estranged husband. At this time, the husband shot his own wife as well as Sergeant Bialk when he attempted to intervene.

Although wounded, Sergeant Bialk was able to detain his assailant until fellow officers arrived. He succumbed to his injuries three days later.

The suspect was charged in Sergeant Bialk's death as intentional manslaughter but was was acquitted January 9, 1917.

Sergeant Bialk served in the 40th precinct and was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 474

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, September 18, 1916
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Bialk's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 6-12-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

June 12, 2018

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