Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman John J. Gilhooly

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, November 14, 1969

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Reflections for Patrolman John J. Gilhooly

John - May your soul and all the souls of members of the Chicago Police Department killed in the line of duty rest in peace. You will not be forgotten. Your classmates at Calumet High School in Chicago will not forget you also.

Charles Salvatore Ret. Sergeant of Polic
Chicago Police Department High School Classmate of John

November 7, 2022

Officer Gilhooly- you are in my prayers

Chief Dan McDevitt
Lansing IL Police Dept and IL State Police

September 18, 2020

Patrolman Gilhooly,
On today, the 50th 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 with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

November 14, 2019

Rest In Peace brother in Blue. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson(Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 14, 2019

I finished my last two years of high school at Hebrew Theological College in Skokie. My father may he too rest in peace was a long time veteran New York City policeman with the 102nd precinct. Rest in peace Patrolman Gilhooly. A real honorable and faithful servant to the citizens of the Windy City.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 25, 2018

I finished my last two years of high school at Hebrew Theological College in Skokie. My father may he to res tin peace was a long time veteran New York City policeman with the 102nd precinct. Rest in peace Patrolman Gilhooly. A real honorable and faithful servant to the citizens of the Windy City.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 25, 2018

We served in the US Navy for 3 years together and then you were discharged. I remember the day that I received the call about the tragedy and was speechless. We had some great times together , all you talked about was "becoming a cop in Chicago" an your collection of "Motown records".
May you still rest in peace brother.
Your friend forever

friend & shipmate

December 13, 2015

Patrolman Gilhooly,
Sir, even though it's been over 44 years since your End of Wàtch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 19, 2013

Thinking of you and your partner today, know that you have not been forgotten as true heroes never die.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

November 14, 2013

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Gilhooly. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst 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.

I am glad that enough people in Chicago remembered in recent yeaars who their true heroes are.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 14, 2010

It may have been 41 years since that fateful night but your ultimate sacrifice and that of P/O RAPPAPORT will never be forgotten. As I did last year I will attend Mass in your honor. The men who served the CPD in that era were true heros and should never be forgotten and please know that you will never be forgotten.

Detective Thomas Downes

November 9, 2010

John, I remember during the summer and fall of 1969 when we would leave the station at 48th.and Wabash after the 3rd Watch and go over to a tavern about a half a block from Mayor Daley's house and drink beer to unwind. I remember sometimes the place would get really busy and you would get behind the bar to help out. I cherish those days and the time I spent with you.


November 3, 2010

A memorial Mass in rememberance of Patrol
Officers Frank Rappaport and John Gilhooly
will be held at 0700 hrs. on 13 NOV 09 at
Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3111 S. Aberdeen.


November 3, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you for your service during a time of distress in America, you are a hero jus the profession you chose.

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 30, 2007

You have not been forgotten. The honorary sign for the individual from the group that took your life and that of your partner never came about in the City. Many people fought this idea and won the fight. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still on patrol in the City.

Bob Gordon
Father of CPD Officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

November 14, 2007

We have not forgotten and speak on behalf of you. May you rest in peace.

Renee Lee Greco
Stop & Frisk! national police memroial

April 4, 2006

To Officer John Gilhooly and family,
My father Jim was your partner on the force and took the day off of work the day you were killed. My mother was pregnant w/ my oldest sister at the time and as were grew up we always thought of "what if dad was at work tha night?" Although we never met you we were brought up knowing what a great person you were, you made a lasting impression on my parents. They always talk of you. I respect you and pray for you and want your famly to know that no one in our house will ever forget the ultimate sacrafice you made. Please watch over my husband as he patrols cook county. Rest in Peace.

sheila murphy

March 11, 2006

Dear Uncle John,

We have missed having you in our lives. This week has been difficult as the City Council has been discussing the street sign legislation. Be assured that we are writing letters and doing all we can to block that from happening. Your brother and sister, neices and nephews, relatives and friends always remember you. The Chicago Police Department stands by you.

Therese Gilhooly Doran

Therese Gilhooly Doran

March 9, 2006

Dear Uncle Johnny,

Your family, friends and loyal coworkers from the Chicago Police Department will do everything we can to persuade the Chicago City Council to reject the honorary street name for the former chairman of the Black Panthers. It’s a sad day for the City of Chicago that this proposal is even being considered. Please know that you are always in our thoughts and prayers.

Patrick F. Gilhooly

March 7, 2006

Dear John:
A few months prior to your death, we were asked by your sister, Pat, and my brother, Gary, to be godparents for their firstborn daughter, Christine. Over the years, the births of your nephews, Gary and Brian, followed and I have been blessed to share more joyful experiences and participate in celebrations with your family. I only wish that you were able to experience those same joys with me. I know that you would be proud to see the wonderful caring adults that they have become. Your loss has been a huge void and your memory has been carried in our hearts.

Jan Olson Schobert

Jan L. Schobert

March 7, 2006

It is with great pride and great sadness that I write these words. Officer John Gilhooly is the uncle that I never had the opportunity to meet due to his untimely death. I was not alive when he was killed, but now 37 years later I see the pain inflicted on the family firsthand on account of Chicago City Councilwoman Madeline Haithcock’s sponsored ordinance to name a city street "in honor" of a former chairman of the Black Panthers. I thank all of those on this board that have committed to fighting this proposal.

Brian Olson

March 7, 2006

When will the hatred end? I was seven months old almost to the day that you were taken. The hatred is still in the world. When will people realize?

I am so sorry that your family had to endure such a horrible tragedy. How awful that must have been.

You sir are a hero. Rest Easy.


March 1, 2006

Officer Gilhooly, you have not been forgotten. The City of Chicago has the Alderwoman from the west side attempting to have a street name honoring a leader of the Black Panthers. I find this unacceptable and I will fight this proposal but you know how Chicago politics can be. What type of individual is this that they want children to look up to as a role model. You are the HERO. You will never be forgotten.

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

Bob Gordon

March 1, 2006

P.O. Gilhooly, even as we in the Chicago P.D. are undercut at every turn by the pandering and incompetence of city officials, we continue the struggle to gain control of the streets. Please watch over us and know that you are not forgotten.

Chicago P.D.

March 1, 2006

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