Trooper Rocco V. Gragido

Trooper Rocco V. Gragido

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, September 11, 1940

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Rocco V. Gragido

Trooper Gragido was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a vehicle that had run a red light at 63rd Street and Archer Avenue in Chicago. Trooper Gragido was waiting for the light when the incident occurred.

Trooper Gragido had served with the Illinois State Police for ten years and was assigned to District 4 in line for appointment to Senior Sergeant. Trooper Gradigo was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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My name is Mary Joann Gragido Paoni, I was born 3/27/1939, Mother Cabrini Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, Rocco Vito Gragido was my father. From what I understand his partner Officer Good & he were both waiting for the light to change, a Miss Goldstine had a seizure, s mtepped on the gas instead of the brake, drug Rocco, his motorcycle, hit several cars, a truck & went through the glass store window. I have often wondered what life would be like if he had not been killed when I was only 18 months old. My Mother took me & moved back to Springfield Illinois where she had been raised.

Mary Joann Gragido Paoni

February 9, 2018

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