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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Deputy Sheriff Pottow,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cook County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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June 6, 2020

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