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Name: Goles, Willam E.
Star: 4576
Memorial Panel #: 23
Rank: Detective
District / Unit: Lawndale Station
End of Watch: 19 January 1947
Incident Details: Detective William Goles, 34, was assigned to the Lawndale Station. On January 19, 1947, Officer William Goles was on duty with his temporary partner, Detective Clarance Mallon. The officers were called by the night watchman to the Garden City Brewery located in the 2100 block of South Albany Avenue. The watchman reported to the officers that he suspected an intruder was in the basement because the door was pried open. Detective Goles was positioned near the front door. Detective Mallon entered the facility when back-up arrived. Unbeknown to the officers, Detective Goles had entered the facility and was mistaken for the intruder. Detective Mallon stated, “I was two steps away when an office door opened about a foot. I saw part of a man’s head and part of a revolver. I thought it was the burglar and fired one shot at his head.” Detective Goles succumbed to his injuries. The incident was ruled an accident. Detective Goles was laid to rest in Bohemian National Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Vlasta, and children, Marilyn and Ronald.

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