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Officer Jim Morrissy / phofrom Oak Forest police

Officer Jim Morrissy / photo from Oak Forest police

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Updated: March 18, 2014 7:52AM

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

James Morrissy, 63, was pronounced dead at 8:01 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson said. Morrissy, who lived in Oak Forest, is survived by a wife and three sons.

“We’ll meet with the family and find out what their wishes are,” Anderson said.

Earlier Monday, Morrissy was reported in “serious to critical” condition but with non-life threatening injuries. A cause of death wasn’t available Monday night.

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.

The crash happened about 2:15 p.m. on Cicero Avenue, about a block south of 159th Street. Traffic in both directions was blocked for more than three hours.

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