Police Officer William J. Luce

Police Officer William J. Luce

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, August 14, 1989

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William J. Luce

Police Officer William Luce died from cancer which he contracted after being exposed to radiation while on duty.

He was testing different rifles when a scope on one of them exploded, exposing him to radiation.

Officer Luce was a Vietnam War veteran. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Not available

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Officer Luce,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 14, 2019

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