Patrolman
Thomas Gregory Ciecka
La Porte Police Department
Wednesday, September 5, 1962

Age: 49
Served: 16 years
Badge #:
Panel 9E, Line 29 (2015)
Included (2015)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Struck by vehicle
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, October 16, 1961

Incident to Death Duration:
324 days
Incident Location:
Lincolnway and Teegarden Street, La Porte
Incident County:
LaPorte
Incident Township:
Center
Weapon Used:
None
Suspect Disposition:
None
Burial Place:
Pine Lake Cemetery, La Porte

   Patrolman Thomas Ciecka died over 10 months after being struck by a vehicle at a school crossing.

   While directing traffic near Lincolnway and Teegarden Street in the afternoon, he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old boy.

   The extensive injuries to his left leg caused him to medically retire months later. His health continued to deteriorate and he suffered a heart attack while at home on September 5, 1962 before passing away at Holy Family Hospital.

   Patrolman Ciecka was survived by his wife and two children. His son-in-law served as chief with the La Porte Police Department and his grandson serves with the Michigan City Police Department. Two of his great-grandsons serve with the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department and Zionsville Police Department.

Military Service


United States Army
World War II



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