Patrolman John Blazek

Patrolman John Blazek

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, January 17, 1948

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John Blazek

Patrolman John Blazek died after suffering a head injury when he fell or was pushed to the floor inside the 22nd District's cell room, at 943 West Maxwell Street, the previous night.

He did not realize he had suffered a skull fracture and attempted to go home at the end of his shift at 8:00 am. He was unable to walk all the way home and called another officer to pick him up. Once he got home his condition worsened and he passed away the following day as a result of the head injury.

Patrolman Blazek was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Chicago Police Department for 26 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1381
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall
  • Incident Date Friday, January 16, 1948

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Dear Grandpa,
I never got a chance to meet you;
but Grandma continued to raise 2 wonderful Sons!
Both followed your example and served our country the oldest in WWII & youngest enlisted for the The Korean War, but unfortunately was seriously injured stateside while in training.
We were brought up always respecting your service and admiring your accomplishments!
Now RIP with Grandma, Uncle and My Dad.

Mary Sauch

January 17, 2023

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