John Michael Kick Final


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John Michael Kick Final

The City of Cleveland organized the first city police department in 1865 following the Civil War. Upon returning from action in the Union army, John Michael Kick became a patrol officer in the fledgling department. In May of 1875 a group of thieves had come to Cleveland and were staying above a tavern near the corner of Pearl and Monroe Streets. Kick and another officer were assigned to follow the thieves when they left their hideout. The plain-clothes officers were to be followed by a larger group of policemen. Due to a mix up in communications Kick and his partner became separated from the other policemen. During pursuit of the thieves a shot was fired that struck Kick in the chest. He died two days later becoming the first Cleveland policeman to be killed in the line of duty.

Image Courtesy of Cleveland Police Historical Society.


This file appears in: Monroe Street Cemetery