Patrolman Emmett Laughlin

Patrolman Emmett Laughlin

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, August 25, 1939

Emmett Laughlin

Patrolman Emmett Laughlin succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile accident six days earlier.

Patrolman Laughlin, along with two other officers, were responding to a call when their vehicle collided with another car at the intersection of Union Avenue and 14th Street. Patrolman Laughlin suffered a fractured skull in the accident and succumbed to his injuries at Mother Cabrini Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash was charged with reckless driving, failure to yield to a police car, and driving without lights.

Patrolman Laughlin had served with the Chicago Police Department for over 10 years. He was survived by his wife and son.

On March 9, 1960, Patrolman Laughlin's son, Patrolman Dennis Laughlin, suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty while struggling with a suspect.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 10 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 19, 1939

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 13, 2013

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