Deputy Sheriff William J. Pottow, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff William J. Pottow, Jr.

Cook County Highway Police, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, June 6, 1945

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William J. Pottow, Jr.

Deputy William Pottow and Deputy Leonard Hurwitz were killed in an automobile accident at the intersection of Touhy Avenue and Harlem Avenue, in Niles.

The deputies were attempting to stop a car for speeding on Touhy Avenue when their patrol car was struck by a third car. Deputy Pottow died at the scene while Deputy Hurwitz succumbed to his injuries three days later.

Deputy Pottow was survived by his wife, four children, and parents.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 702

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 6, 2015

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