Officer John William Grubensky

Officer John William Grubensky

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, October 20, 1991

John William Grubensky

Officer Grubensky was killed as he tried to evacuate a family from their home during a deadly firestorm. When his body was found, he was laying on top of a woman's body he was trying to rescue.

Officer Grubensky is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, mother, and father.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire

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I was working in the radio room when the dispatcher on air was calling you. Over. And over. And over. The rest of the room was silent as we all held our breath, waiting,hoping,praying to hear your voice. It never came. We learned later that you had taken an extra shift on your day off and responded to the fire early on. You led dozens,perhaps hundreds of people to safety. And from witness accounts, you could have saved yourself but chose to stay. Your faith in God enabled you to give your life for others, knowing you would soon be in His loving arms.
Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

Ret. Dispatcher

March 19, 2018

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