Detective Sergeant John M. Bonin

Detective Sergeant John M. Bonin

Meriden Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Monday, June 12, 1922

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John M. Bonin

Detective Sergeant John Bonin suffered a fatal heart attack while chasing three juveniles in the Bradley Woods, off of Hanover Street.

He observed the three juveniles in the woods, including a girl whose father had previously called police expressing concerns about her. As he started walking towards them they three began to run. As Sergeant Bonin chased after them he suddenly collapsed having suffered a fatal heart attack. His body was found after he failed to return to the police station or to his home.

Sergeant Bonin had served with the Meriden Police Department for 21 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

foot pursuit, suspicious person

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Detective Sergeant Bonin, it has been 102 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your 21 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

June 12, 2024

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