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Patrolman John J. O'Donnell

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, August 9, 1942

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Reflections for Patrolman John J. O'Donnell

Officer John O'Donnell, Sir:

Recently, I watched a programme which dealt with your tragically unfair death at the hands of a drunk driver whilst you were aiding an injured citizen. You had so much to live for: a young wife and new baby, a promising career ahead. You had so much left to do in your life. Your chance was taken from you by a selfish and uncaring individual. I will not name that man here, as his actions were completely without honour, and he deserves to be forgotton.

Unfortunately, drink driving was not thought to be the crime then that it is now, rightfully so. To my mind, it is murder. The killing of a police officer, especially in the line of duty, should be treated as a first degree offense, as no one forced the drunken sod behind the wheel. The moment he chose to do so, his vehicle became a deadly weapon. When death results from his (or her) use of it whilst under the influence, no capital punishment is too severe.

Thank you, sir, for your brave and dedicated service, and, to all your brother officers around the globe, especially those whose lives were changed or ended in a similar manner. Life is a gift. No one should take it for granted, and NO ONE has the right to take it from another.

Rest in peace, John. I would be honoured to meet you one day, when we both stand upon that farther shore, and shake your hand.

Lisa Hammond
Private Citizen

June 17, 2018

Patrolman O'Donnell,
On today, the 74th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

August 9, 2016

It has been 71 years since your ultimate sacrifice, but the CPD will never forget.

Detective Thomas Downes
Chicago

August 26, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 71rst anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 3, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 71rst anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 3, 2013

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

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

Rest in peace brother.

DFC. Daniel O'Donnell
Orange County Sheriff's Office (FL)

August 21, 2006

You died a young man. You left behind a loving wife and a four month old daughter who never had the chance to know you. Your tragic death set in motion the events that ultimately led to my existence. You are my Grandfather and I honor you.

Jim Porter

June 13, 2005

You have not been forgotten Officer O'Donnel for your sacrifice. Please watch over my son Michael.

Robert Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon EOW: 8/8/04

Robert Gordon, Asst. Chief, Retired
Riverside PD, IL

June 8, 2005

Officer O'Donnell,
It has taken almost 63 years but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Chicago.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

June 7, 2005

Rest in peace Brother John, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten.


Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7-15-73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham Retired
Sand Springs Okla Police Department

June 7, 2005

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