Officer John J. Blessing

Officer John J. Blessing

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, November 14, 1989

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John J. Blessing

Officer John Blessing was struck by a vehicle and killed while in a foot pursuit with a narcotics suspect. While chasing the suspect, Officer Blessing stopped traffic at the corner of Army Street and Folsom Street so he could get into a backup unit when a passing truck stuck him from behind.

The narcotics suspect was apprehended in Louisiana a few weeks later after tireless efforts by the San Francisco police department's gang unit discovering information that lead to the arrest. Due to California law at the time the suspect was only charged with a misdemeanor for resisting arrest; however, Officer Blessing's death prompted the state legislature of California to change the law making it a felony to resist arrest if an officer is seriously injured or killed as a result.

Officer Blessing had been with the agency for 12 years and was assigned to the Special Operations Task Force. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 930

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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Officer Blessing,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Francisco. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 14, 2019

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