Oak Forest Police Officer Injured in Crash Dies

Oak Forest Officer Jim Morrissy, 62, died after being injured in a crash Monday afternoon.

Officer Jim Morrissy.
Officer Jim Morrissy.
Original post at 10:40 p.m.

An Oak Forest police officer who was injured in a two-car crash Monday afternoon has died.

Officer Jim Morrissy, 62, of the 15000 block of Laramie Avenue in Oak Forest, was pronounced dead at 8:02 p.m. Monday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson said. Morrissy was with the department for 30 years. He is survived by a wife and three sons.

"Worst day of my career," Anderson said Monday night. "A very sad day for Oak Forest.

"An outstanding officer. He worked as hard today, as he did the first day he got on the job."

Anderson appointed Morrissy as a field training officer early in his career. Morrissy, who was known for his thorough knowledge of local ordinances, helped train young officers.

"He was an expert," Anderson said. "...Sometimes I just don't know what to say about it. It's just such a heartbreaking situation. He definitely will be missed."

Officers stood together at Christ Hospital Monday night, and escorted Morrissy's body to the medical examiner's office. 

Earlier Monday, Morrissy was assisting another officer with a domestic situation at 160th and Cicero around 2:15 p.m. Preliminary investigation shows he was attempting to turn left off of 160th Street onto Cicero Avenue when a vehicle traveling south on Cicero Avenue struck the squad car in the driver’s side. Morrissy was pinned in the vehicle. He was taken to Christ Hospital and was in serious to critical condition and later succumbed to his injuries, Anderson said. The other driver suffered minor injuries.

There are no charges pending. 

Marye Greenys March 18, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Thank you! There is comfort for his family in knowing that he died as he chose to live his serving the community. Sometimes a thankless job. He died a hero and there is peace and comfort there.
jack hess March 18, 2014 at 04:42 PM
A good Oak Forest Officer . Will keep him and family in our prayers.
Marye Greenys March 18, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Remembering Officer James Morrissy Jim joined the Police Force thirty years ago fresh faced, wide-eyed and eager. Yes eager to serve and protect each and every day of his life putting his life on the line for the better of mankind. He left behind a wife and three sons and a community of family and friends. Jim had an extended family full of brothers and sisters that served beside him on the force. Jim was a leader and a teacher as well to his family, our officers, and the community. As a community we all need to remember how he lived as well as how he died. I believe Jim might say don’t feel sorry for me because my life has been cut short. I died as I chose to live. I followed my heart and my dream. I died doing my job the one I loved the one I chose. To serve and protect the community was an honor to me. Some of us never follow our dreams we just give up but not Jim. He followed his dreams and put his life on the line and never looked back knowing what the outcome might be. He stared death in the face each and everyday and was not afraid. How lucky was Jim an Irishmen to meet his fate on St. Patty’s Day and for Saint Patrick himself to take him to his new home? A job well done my son is what I believe Saint Patrick said to Jim. Come and feast at our table for all you have done. I believe when Jim closed his eyes for the very last time it was all of us he saw, when his heart beat for the last time a part of us were all locked in, and when he took his last breath he breathed part of us in. Jim took with him a part of us all he is surrounded with love on the next part of his journey to his new home. Jim is gone physically from our lives but he will never be forgotten. He lives forever spiritually in our minds and in our hearts. If we close our eyes we can see him, if we touch our hearts we can feel him and carry him wherever we go. In our memories he is vivid and in living color as our memories surround us and keep us warm. Is death the end? I think not. It is a place for us to wait for those we have known and start a new journey again. Close your eyes and you will see him, touch your hearts and you will feel him… for Jim now resides there. Written By: Marye Greenys 3/18/14


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