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1980-1989

Lieutenant Joseph Samec

Pleasantview Fire Protection District
12/06/1989

On December 9, 1989, Lieutenant Joseph Samec of the Pleasantview Fire Protection District died in the line of duty while fighting a house fire in Burr Ridge, Illinois. The fire was discovered shortly

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Officer Barry Shalin

Morton Grove Police Department
10/09/1989

Patrolman Barry Shalin was struck and killed by a drunken driver while making a traffic stop. The suspect was arrested and convicted in connection with Patrolman Shalin's death. Patrolman Shalin

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Officer William J. Luce

Chicago Police Department
08/14/1989

Police Officer William J. Luce, 45, was a 20-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Special Operations Unit. During firearms testing, Officer Luce was exposed to radiation w

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Firefighter Douglas Maicach

South Holland Fire Department
01/03/1989

On January 3, 1989, Firefighter Douglas Maicach of the South Holland Fire Department died in the line of duty while fighting a fire at the headquarters of a trucking company. Maicach had just arrived

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Officer Irma C. Ruiz

Chicago Police Department
09/22/1988

Officer Irma Ruiz was shot and killed confronting an armed offender in a school. A heavily armed gunman went on a shooting rampage, killing three people and wounding another. The assailant then ent

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