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Patrolman William Patrick O'Malley

East Chicago Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Monday, January 15, 1934

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Reflections for Patrolman William Patrick O'Malley


Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation

January 15, 2018

officer killed by .45 Machine Gun
officer buried Cavalry Cemetery, Portage Indiana


September 28, 2017

Patrolman William O'Malley :
It is so sad that the names of John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson are so known. It is your name Patrolman William O'Malley that should be known. You are a hero and a man to be looked up to. May you rest in peace and thank you and your family for the ultimate sacrifice. WE are a better people today because you walked among us yesterday.

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 26, 2015

1934 was a bloody year for the police of East Chicago, for 3 of our men in blue paid their lives. The story of the your brave actions at the First National Bank lives on. You will never be forgotten for your actions that day. Thank you for your service.

Retired Detective David Gemeinhart #381
Current Special Agent Norfolk Souther Railroad

May 23, 2015

Rest in Peace, Patrolman O'Malley. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2013

You are a true BRAVE Hero Sir, thank you for your service.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 31, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 78th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 15, 2012

Ptlm O'Malley you are remembered by your brother and sister officers of the Boston Police Dept. You are a true hero. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept.

January 6, 2012

Your dedication to duty and bravery 77 years ago is a true example of the professuionalism of the Chicago Police Department. As noted by another poster here, your warning given to citizens possibly saved several lives. Thank you for your service.

Detective Thomas Downes

September 3, 2011

RIP my Brother.

Deputy S. Yates
Covinton County Sheriff's Dept. (Mississippi)

July 8, 2010


I was raised in the East Chicago area and grew up hearing the stories about the fateful day at the First National. Its truly disturbing that Hollywood has recently idolized him as a "Robin Hood" type person.They however fail to mention the people he and his gang had murdered,threatened, terrified, stole from, and assaulted, among other things. I am posting this to honor your sacrifice and to let you know that your brothers of the Badge know what kind of hero you are and the lives you saved that day. Please keep an eye on us down here from above!

Brother in Blue
Phoenix Police (Phoenix,AZ)

October 15, 2009

Officer O'Malley passed a warning to the occupants of my father's drug store just before the beginning of the firefight with the Dillinger gang. The windows of the store were shot out in the brief encounter. Officer O"Malley quite possibility saved several lives that day.

Senior Patrol Officer James Karney

June 28, 2009



January 5, 2008

Patrolman O'Malley, I just recently watched a program about John Dillinger and your murder was extensively mentioned. You tried to catch that miserable S.O.B. and lost your life in the process. Who knows how many lives might have been spared if you had been successful. What you did succeed in was becoming a hero for trying. You didn't truly have a chance, but you made the supreme effort and for that, we should all be grateful.

I'm glad to know that Dillinger didn't last all that much longer.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

December 9, 2007

Know that your sacrifice was not in vain and you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

April 22, 2007

Rest in peace Patrick. We got him at the Biograph Theater.

Armando Roche
Special Agent, DEA

November 25, 2006


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Officer O'Malley.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

June 7, 2004

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