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John J. Bechtold
born July 31, 1891 in Newark, New Jersey
died August 9, 1953 in Newark, New Jersey - age 62 years.

Father: John H. Bechtold (1866-1938)
Mother: Catherine Mulhearn (1863-1894)

Spouse: Mary O'Malley

Cause of death: Carcinoma Liver

In 1931, John followed in his father's footsteps when he was assigned to the newly organized Newark Police Department auto squad. He also served on the Headquarters Detective Bureau, holding the rank of Lieutenant. He worked primarily on the vice squad, and later was in charge of the police garage on Franklin Street. As if this wasn't enough to keep him busy, he also was a member of the Police Anchor Club, Knights of Columbus, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, Superior Officers Association, and Newark Police Post No. 1439 Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a veteran of World War I.

John married Mary O'Malley, the daughter of Martin and Annie O'Malley. Martin was also a Newark Policeman. Mary was a one-time Democratic state committeewoman and the sister of Police Inspector Eugene O'Malley.

John and Mary were living at 244 Roseville Avenue in Newark when he began suffering from the cancer. At the time of his death, he was still working with the Police Department, a thirty-five year veteran.