Patrolman George T. Bryja

Patrolman George T. Bryja

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, July 27, 1986

George T. Bryja

Patrolman George T. Bryja collapsed and died of a heart attack after a foot pursuit.

Officer Bryja was off duty when he was awakened at 3:00 a.m. by the sound of the burglar alarm on the family car. His wife set the alarm off when she drove up to the house and saw two men trying to set a neighbor's garage on fire after spray-painting it with graffiti.

Officer Bryja and his 18-year-old son chased the vandals through an alley for four blocks before loosing them. When he returned home, he was sweating profusely, complained of chest pains and collapsed. Officer Bryja was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:51 a.m.

Officer Bryja was a veteran of the Marines and served 20-years with the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Morgan Park District. His wife, daughter and a son survive him. Officer Bryja's son followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Chicago Police Department.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 12557

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Patrolman Bryja,
On today, the 31st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

July 27, 2017

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