P-O- James Karl #690

P.O. James G. Karl #690

Name: Karl, James G
Star: 690
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Lawndale Station
End of Watch: 12 August 1943
Incident Details: Police Officer James Karl, 32, was assigned to the Lawndale Station.

On August 11, 1943, Officer Karl was on patrol in his squad car near the Belt Line viaduct located at 4600 West 16th Street when he witnessed a gasoline truck on fire. At approximately 8:30 a.m., the gasoline truck swerved into the viaduct’s center lane to avoid an existing car accident. As fuel leaked from the truck, witnesses yelled at Emanuel Mandel not to start his stalled car. Mandel ignored the warning and started his car causing an explosion. The truck driver, William Bradley, became trapped inside the vehicle. Approximately 20 people were transported to local hospitals. William Bradley died at the scene. Officer Karl was transported to Loretto Hospital where he died early on August 12, 1943.

Officer Karl was survived by his wife.