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Officer Jim Morrissy / phofrom Oak Forest police

Officer Jim Morrissy / photo from Oak Forest police

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Updated: April 19, 2014 6:22AM



(OAK FOREST) A 30-year veteran on-duty police officer died after his squad car was involved in a two-car crash Monday afternoon in Oak Forest, the police chief said.

James Morrissy, 62, of the 15000 block of Laramie Avenue in Oak Forest, was pronounced dead at 8:02 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Morrissy was on his way to assist another officer at a domestic situation about 2:15 p.m. and was attempting to turn left from 160th Street onto Cicero Avenue when a southbound vehicle on Cicero hit the driver’s side of his squad car, according to a release from Oak Forest police.

He was pinned in his vehicle and had to be extricated before he was taken to Christ Medical Center, according to the release.

The other vehicle’s driver was taken to Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest with “minor injuries,” according to the release.

“We at the Oak Forest Police Department are proud to have served with Jim,” Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson said in the release. “It is difficult to express our feelings for him. He was extremely dedicated and died while responding to assist another officer.”

Morrissy is survived by a wife and three sons, Anderson said.

“We’ll meet with the family and find out what their wishes are,” Anderson said.

Earlier Monday, Morrissy was reported in “serious to critical” condition but with non-life threatening injuries. A cause of death wasn’t available Monday night.

Morrissy was a hard worker who always kept his fellow officers on their toes, Anderson said. He served as a field training officer for the department and was responsible for helping mold new officers.

“He was basically the first contact the new recruits had,” Anderson said.

Traffic in both directions was blocked for more than three hours after the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by Oak Forest police and the Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team, according to the release. No charges are pending in conncection with the crash.



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