Patrolman John W. Hughes| Cincinnati Police Department

John W. Hughes
John W. Hughes

Age: 30
Served: 5½ years
February 1, 1943 to June 19, 1948


On June 19, 1948, Patrolman Hughes, a World War II veteran, failed to return to the stationhouse at the end of his shift. The rest of the shift re-entered the field, along with all the officers on the next shift, to locate him. They found his body and wrecked motorcycle in the 5900 block of Kellogg Avenue. He was dead on arrival at General Hospital.

Patrolman Hughes left a wife, Virginia, with whom he had recently celebrated their ten year anniversary. Patrolman Hughes’s funeral was held at Busse & Borgman funeral home and from there he was buried on June 22, 1948, in Spring Grove Cemetery. Six fellow motorcycle officers served as pall bearers; including Patrolman Andrew Boehnlein, at whose recent wedding Patrolman Hughes had served as best man.
The investigation revealed he had been chasing a speeder and crashed into a taxicab and died from a fractured skull and crushed pelvis.

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This narrative was revised June 18, 2010 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer, Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President. All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.