Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Patrolman Thomas Ciecka died from injuries he suffered 10 months earlier when he was struck by a vehicle at a school crossing.
While directing traffic near Lincolnway and Teegarden Street in the afternoon, Patrolman Ciecka 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 fatal heart attack at home on September 5, 1962.
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.