Patrolman Melvin Cohen

Patrolman Melvin Cohen

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, December 7, 1971

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Melvin Cohen

Patrolman Melvin Cohen was killed after his three-wheel motorcycle struck an elevated railroad track pillar in front of 4702 West Lake Street while he was pursuing a speeding motorist.

During the chase, Patrolman Cohen braked to avoid traffic and struck the pillar. The motorist being pursued was never located.

Patrolman Cohen was a veteran of the Illinois National Guard. He had served with the Chicago Police Department for 16 years and was assigned to Traffic Area 5. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, one son, his mother and two sisters.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Never apprehended

vehicle pursuit

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Jodi, my parents, Nicholas and Millicent Eck, were friends of your parents. I fondly remember hearing stories of your dad when I was a child. Today I found your birth announcement among my late mother's possessions. Tucked inside was a news clip about your dad titled "Sentence: Buy Cop a New Suit" which details a scuffle your dad had with a citizen and his unleashed dog. The judge ordered the citizen to buy your dad a new uniform. It was a much more colorful story in my mother's retelling. I now live in NJ. Please feel free to reach out to me on FB. Warm regards.

Nicholas Eck
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August 30, 2020

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