Officer John R. Hissong, II

Officer John R. Hissong, II

Fresno Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, July 4, 1981

John R. Hissong, II

Officer Hissong suffered a fatal attack during a foot pursuit of a vandalism suspect. Officer Hissong had responded to a local hotel after receiving reports of vandalism. When he arrived at the hotel he was taken to the rear of the hotel where the vandalism had taken place.

Officer Hissong located the suspect prior to the arrival of backup officers. He pursued the suspect on foot for approximately 150 feet, at which point he caught the suspect but immediately collapsed on top of the man. Responding officers located Officer Hissong and immediately started CPR. He was transported to St. Agnes Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Hissong had served with the Fresno Police Department for 2 years and had previously served with the Weld County, Colorado, Sheriff's Department. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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I worked with John at WCSO in the late 1970's. I remember John as a very hard working professional who loved his life and his family. He was a born leader and a I miss him

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