Police Officer Wayne J. Klacza

Police Officer Wayne J. Klacza

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, June 28, 1983

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Wayne J. Klacza

Police Officer Wayne Klacza was killed by an intoxicated driver in front of the Harrison Street Police Station at 3151 West Harrison Street.

He observed the vehicle driving erratically and was attempting to protect a pedestrian from the motorist when the car fatally struck him.

The driver of the vehicle was convicted of reckless homicide and sentenced to six months in jail.

Officer Klacza had served with the Chicago Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 16469

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 6 months

drunk driver

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Remembering you and yours, NEVER FORGET.

Sgt. Severin, the Rizzato Brothers, Nick and Tony Rizzato 52nd Anniversery of Cabrini Green snipers. 39th anniversery of your end of watch Wayne. May God truly bless all your departed souls. These were the straw that broke the Camels back for me and Big Nick, when your three little children lost their father. PTSD consumed Nick, he was an empty shell, never recovered.

Marilyn Rizzato-Reines,

July 17, 2022

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