P.O. John T. Lynch



Lynch, John T



Memorial Panel #:


Police Officer

District / Unit:

Brighton Park Youth Division

End of Watch:

19 December 1969

Incident Details:

Youth Officer John T. Lynch, 54, was a 23-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Brighton Park area youth division.

On December 19, 1969, Officer Lynch and partner, Frank Dabrowski, stopped their patrol car near 55th and Halsted when a man flagged them down for assistance. The man pointed out three teenagers who had been harassing him. The teens fled as the officers approached and Lynch and Dabrowski gave chase. Officer Lynch collapsed during the foot pursuit and fell to the sidewalk. He was rushed to the Evangelical Hospital where he was pronounced dead from a fatal heart attack.

His funeral mass was at St. Ethelreda Church and he was laid to rest at Interment St. Mary’s cemetery.

He is survived by his two daughter; Peggy and Donna.