Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 3 years, 7 months*
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 5, 14th Precinct - Kensington
District of Incident (Present Day): 005 - Calumet
Cause of Death: Struck - By Train
Age at Time of Death: 38
Date of Birth: 30 Jan 1905
Date of Appointment: Apr 1892
Date of Incident: 07 Nov 1895
End of Watch: 07 Nov 1895
Date of Interment:
Cemetery: Oak Woods Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # A-3
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 6
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 1, Line 27
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 13-W: 17
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman John L. V. Blomberg, Star #922, aged 38 years, was a 3 year, 7 month veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 5, 14th Precinct – Kensington.
On November 7, 1895, at 3:00 p.m., Officer Blomberg, was on duty at the Pullman Crossing of the Illinois Central Railroad Company, located at 111th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. Officer Blomberg was directing passengers disembarking from a Southbound train. While standing on the northbound track, he did not see engine 215 as it approached the station. Not recognizing the perilous position he was in until it was to late, the train struck him before he could move out of its way. He taken to Rolstons Pullman Casino Building where he died a short time later on November 7, 1895.
Officer Blomberg was laid to rest in Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Officer John L. V. Blomberg, born in 1857, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department in April, 1892.
Officer Blomberg was survived by his wife and three children.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.