Officer Rank: Sergeant

Memorial Panel: 21-W: 27

Department: Metropolitan P.D., City of St. Louis, Missouri

End of Watch: 10/01/2008

Cause: Physical-related causeS

Age: 50

Length of Service: 21

Sergeant Kowalski was shot in the abdomen on February 19, 1987, while chasing two robbery suspects. He suffered serious injuries to his pancreas, liver, stomach and inferior vena cava. Doctors reconnected his stomach and intestines, and he remained hospitalized for two months. He eventually returned to duty, working in the narcotics and homicide units before retiring in the year 2000. In the spring of 2008, Sergeant Kowalski was diagnosed with cancer that attacked several organs damaged when he was shot. Sergeant Kowalski had been under hospice care at his home for less than a week when he died on October 1, 2008.

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