George Thomas Hanlon
Hammond Police Department
Sunday, May 16, 1937

Age: 65
Served: 36 years, 4 months
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 38W, Line 4
Panel L15, Line 9

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Vehicular assault
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, May 16, 1937

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Gostlin Street near Clark Avenue, Hammond
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Automobile (Alcohol involved)
Suspect Info:
Burial Location:
Calvary Cemetery, Portage

   Captain George Hanlon was killed while directing traffic at the scene of an accident.

   An intoxicated 27-year-old male was driving eastbound on Gostlin Street when he struck Captain Hanlon, throwing him 111 feet, while he was directing traffic as utility crews were repairing a downed power line. He was transported to St. Margaret Hospital were he died as a result of the injuries he suffered.

   The offender was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to one to 10 years in prison.

   Captain Hanlon was survived by two sons and several brothers, one of whom served as an assistant chief with the Milwaukee Fire Department in Wisconsin.

   He is the third-longest serving known law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in the state of Indiana.