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Oak Forest police officer dies after crash

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Officer Jim Morrissy (Oak Forest police) Officer Jim Morrissy (Oak Forest police)
OAK FOREST, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 30-year veteran on-duty police officer died after his squad car was involved in a two-car crash Monday afternoon in south suburban Oak Forest.

James Morrissy, 62, of the 15000 block of Laramie Avenue in Oak Forest, was pronounced dead at 8:02 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Morrissy was on his way to assist another officer at a non-emergency domestic situation about 2:15 p.m. and was attempting to turn left from 160th Street onto Cicero Avenue when a southbound vehicle on Cicero hit the driver's side of his squad car, according to a release from Oak Forest police.

He was pinned in his vehicle and had to be extricated before he was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the release.

An autopsy Tuesday found Morrisy died of multiple injuries from the motor vehicle collision and ruled his death an accident, according to the medical examiner's office.

Anderson said that Morrissy's squad car emergency lights do not appear to have been on at the time of the crash.

The other vehicle's driver was taken to Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest with "minor injuries," according to the release.

No charges or citations are expected to be filed against the other driver, Anderson said.

"We at the Oak Forest Police Department are proud to have served with Jim," Anderson said in the release. "It is difficult to express our feelings for him. He was extremely dedicated and died while responding to assist another officer."

Morrissy is survived by a wife and three sons, Anderson said. No funeral arrangements have been announced as of Tuesday morning.

Morrissy was a hard worker who always kept his fellow officers on their toes, Anderson said. He served as a field training officer for the department and was responsible for helping mold new officers.

"He was basically the first contact the new recruits had," Anderson said.

Traffic in both directions was blocked for more than three hours after the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by Oak Forest police and the Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team.

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