Police Officer John J. Lyons

Police Officer John J. Lyons

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, October 5, 1992

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John J. Lyons

Officer John J. Lyons was killed when the squad car he was driving struck a tree.

The accident occurred at 3:14 a.m. in the 3400 block of North Kimball. The squad car was northbound on Kimball responding to a radio assignment when it skidded and spun into a tree. After striking the tree the vehicle continued to spin forcing it to impact a light pole. Officer Lyons was ejected from the vehicle and was found lying in the middle of the street. The passenger, a probationary officer, was extricated and transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The surviving officer was not able to recall any details leading up to the crash.

District Patrol Specialist John Lyons was serving as a training officer at the time of the accident. He was a 25-year veteran of the department, currently assigned to the Belmont District.

His wife, two daughters, two sons, parents and two sisters survive Officer John Lyons.

On May 25, 2006 Officer Lyons' star was retired by the Chicago Police Department.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 3124

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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I’ll never forget that night. I was working with Katie Conway and we heard the dispatcher asking questions about who was working a particular car. We just new it was bad. We drove over there and we saw Tony Wronkowski blocking the street with his car. We just asked him, who is it? He answered it’s Johnny Lyons. It was heartbreaking. I did have the privilege, in later years, to work with Jerry Knickrem who was in the car with John that night. Jerry is a great guy and a great Policeman. I feel very lucky to have known them both.

Lt. Kathy Barton (retired).

October 5, 2018

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