Chief of Police John Robert Judge

Chief of Police John Robert Judge

Marquette Heights Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, September 8, 1969

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John Robert Judge

Chief of Police John Judge was accidentally shot and killed when his service revolver discharged and struck him in his left leg.

He had just arrived at his home at 208 Grant Road and was exiting his patrol car when the gun discharged. The round severed his artery, causing him to bleed to death. Chief Judge was known to keep the revolver half-cocked while carrying it in his belt.

Chief Judge had served with the Marquette Heights Police Department for eight years and had previously served with the St. Louis Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren.

Bio

  • Age 57
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge CHIEF

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of your death. Your service to the residents of the City of Marquette Heights and ultimate sacrifice lives on, you are not forgotten all these years later.

The week of September 8th through 14th 2019 all of the Marquette Heights Police Officers will wear their black mourning band over their department issued badges honoring you.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice, may we will never forget!

Rest In Peace Chief Judge

Alderman Dale Little
Marquette Heights Police Dept. Committee Chairman

September 8, 2019

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