Patrolman John Michael Kick

Patrolman John Michael Kick

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 15, 1875

Add to My Heroes

John Michael Kick

Patrolman John Kick succumbed to gunshot wound sustained two days earlier 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 near the intersection of Monroe Street and Pearl Street and started threatening the officers. The suspects opened fire striking 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.

Bio

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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, May 13, 1875
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never charged

plainclothes, surveillance

Most Recent Reflection

View all 15 Reflections

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman John Michael Kick of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 61 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 15, 2022

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.