P.O. James J. O'Brien #1544


Name: O’Brien, James J.
Star: 1544
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Englewood
End of Watch: 16 September 1928
Incident Details: Police Officer James O’Brien, 36, was assigned to the Englewood District. On September 16, 1928, Officer O’Brien and his partner, Richard Nelligan, approached a vehicle whose ignition lock had been broken near 62nd and Halsted Streets. Sitting inside the vehicle was Ray Bullard, 23. Upon seeing the officers, Bullard drew a gun and fatally injured Officer O’Brien. Officer O’Brien was rushed to St. Bernard Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Ray Bullard was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Officer O’Brien was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He was survived by his wife and daughter.