Patrol Officer Kenneth R. Dawson

Patrol Officer Kenneth R. Dawson

Wheeling Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, November 5, 1985

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Kenneth R. Dawson

Patrol Officer Kenneth Dawson was shot and killed while responding to a burglary call on Cleo Court.

The suspect was convicted of murder, attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and armed robbery, and sentenced to death. On January 11, 2003, the outgoing governor granted clemency to all 167 Illinois death row inmates as one of his last acts in office. The inmate's sentence was commuted to life without parole.

Officer Dawson had served with the Wheeling Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.

Bio

  • Age 42
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 123

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Death sentence commuted

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Thinking of Ken today. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Ptlm. Bill Roscop
Mount Prospect Police

May 15, 2022

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