Patrolman John J. McGonigal

Patrolman John J. McGonigal

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, November 19, 1923

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John J. McGonigal

Patrolman John McGonigal was killed when six barrels of grain alcohol exploded in the Warren Street station house. The alcohol had been confiscated during a raid and was being stored in the station house as evidence.

It is believed the alcohol was ignited by a spark from Patrolman McGonigal's pipe as he walked past it.

Patrolman McGonigal served with the Chicago Police Department for 35 year and was assigned to the 20th District. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 35 years
  • Badge Not availa

Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion

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Officer McGonigal's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 10-2-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

October 2, 2018

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