Thursday, December 29, 2016

December 29, 1944 -- Officer Who Sounds Eastland Alarm Retires



December 29, 1944 -- John H. Lescher, a Chicago police officer for 35 years, turns in his star and announces he will work his last day on January 2.  An era ends with Lescher’s retirement because he was the first officer to sound the alarm on July 24, 1915 when the Eastland turned on her side at Dearborn Street, carrying 844 passengers and crew members to their deaths.  Assigned to the central station, he spent 32 of his 35 years patrolling the Loop.  Lescher,  a bachelor, was an accomplished amateur wrestler who at one time held the world welterweight championship.

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