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P.O. Melvin Gossmeyer #9775

Name: Gossmeyer, Melvin L.
Star: 9775
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Task Force
End of Watch: 17-Jul-1960
Incident Details:

Police Officer Melvin Gossmeyer, 33, was a 4-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Task Force.

On July 17, 1960, Officer Gossmeyer was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of 106th Street and Ewing Avenue while riding his three wheel police motorcycle.  The vehicle was being pursued by a squad car and a citizen after fleeing the scene of a car accident.  The hit-and-run driver, Larry Benford, lost control of his car and struck of Officer Gossmeyer and several pedestrians. One pedestrian died of his injuries.  Officer Gossmeyer was transported to a local hospital where he died shortly after the incident.

Larry Benford, 22, was charged with reckless homicide.

Officer Gossmeyer is survived by his wife, Marie; and children, Roseann, Melvin Jr., and Elizabeth.

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  1. Marie says:

    Happy Birthday Dad. Today you would have been 84. You were only 32 when you gave your life to service for the Protection of all.
    Always remembered, never forgotten.

  2. Marie says:

    Happy Birthday Dad. You would have been 84 today. You gave your life to protect others at 32 years old. We love you ,
    Always remembered. Never forgotten.
    All our love,
    Marie, Mel, Rose

  3. anonymous says:

    He was a Son, a Husband, a Father, a Brother…he was my Uncle and was taken from my life at too early an age to have known him well. But he was a hero, he gave his life serving under the motto of the CPD…”serve & protect” He has always been in my heart and forever will be. May his sacrifice show the bravery each officer faces as he prepares to leave those he loves to serve those he protects. God Bless the CPD. –Holly Jo Johnson 04/29/2008