Patrolman John Michael Kick

Patrolman John Michael Kick

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, June 15, 1875

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John Michael Kick

Patrolman John Kick was shot and killed as he and several officers were conducting a surveillance on a group of six burglars at a saloon. The suspects came out of the saloon and started threatening the officers. The suspects opened fire and fatally wounded Patrolman Kick in the chest.

The suspects were arrested, but never charged with Patrolman Kick's murder.

Patrolman Kick had served with the Cleveland Police Department for 10 years and was the first officer of the CPD killed in the line of duty since it's creation in 1866. He had previously served with the United States Army during the Civil War with the US Missouri Unit. He is buried in Section M, Lot 74 of the Monroe Street Cemetery, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He was survived his wife and four children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 42
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never charged

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman John Michael Kick of the Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 60 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

June 15, 2018

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