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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.

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  • YOU ARE ENJOYING THE COMPANY OF YOUR WIFE IN HEAVEN WITH JESUS, A TUE HERO IN MY BOOK AND OF MANY OTHERS. I MY SISTER, SANDY AND MOTHER SUSAN HAD THE PLEASURE OF GROWING UP WITH YOUR SPOUSE ROSE KARL. WE HAD MUCH FUN TOGETHER WENT ON ALOT OF TRIPS EVEN TO ROME, PORTUGAL. SHE HAD TRAVELED THE WORLD ALL OVER AND EXPERIANCED MANY THINGS.SHE HAD ALWAYS REGRETTED NOT HAVING A SPOUSE TO GO UP WITH BUT NEVER WAS MAD AT THE DECESION YOU HAD MADE THAT TERRIABLE DAY. SHE REALLY DIDN’T HAVE MUCH SUPPORT FROM YOUR SON OR HIS KIDS AND GRANDKIDS DUE TO A FAMILY RIFF THAT STILL CARRIES ON TODAY IN THE HEARTS OF ALL . IT IS A SHAME THAT THEY ALL GREW UP WITHOUT GETTING TO KNOW HER ALL OF THESE YEARS; TRULEY MISSED OUT ON A GREAT GRANDMOTHER. BUT THE THREE OF US WERE ALWAYS WITH HER IN ALL OF HER GOOD TIMES AND BAD. I COUILD HONESTLY SAY WE HAD NEVER LET HER DOWN AND NEITHER DID SHE TO US, WELL ENJOY YOUR SPOUSE FOR ALL ETERNATY AND SAVE A SPOT FOR THE THREE OF US . A TRUE HERO TO US AND THE WORLD AS MANY OF YOUR FELLOW OFFICERS. PEACE BE TO ALL FALLEN OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. MAY GOD HOLD YOU ALL IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND. GOODBYE FOR NOW GRANDAD. WE WILL ALL NEVER FORGET YOU .

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