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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Patrolman Cohen,
It may be over 50 years since your End of Watch but you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country and the state of Illinois when you served with the Illinois National Guard. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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