PERFORMANCE OF DUTY DEATHS

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Roll Call of all Performance of Duty Deaths. A Performance of Duty Death is classified as the death of a sworn member who dies while on or off duty and such death results from a condition, injury, or illness that was not directly related to the member’s performance as a law enforcement officer.

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Patrolman Frank M. Bastone

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
21 Sep 1953
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
15 Apr 1975
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
46
End of Watch:
15 Apr 1975
Unit of Assignment:
1st District - Central
Date of Birth:
04 May 1928
Served:
21 years, 6 months, 25 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 18
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Frank M. Bastone, Star # Unknown, aged 46 years, was a 21 year, 6 month, 25 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 1st District - Central.

On April 15, 1975, Officer Bastone returned to the Department after five years of medical leave. While on duty in City Hall located at 121 North LaSalle Street he suffered a fatal heart attack and collapsed. He was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Officer Bastone was waked at Galewood Funeral Chapels located at 1857 North Harlem Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Angela Catholic Church located at 5758 West Potomac Avenue and was laid to rest on April 18, 1975 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.

Patrolman Frank M. Bastone, born May 4, 1928, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on September 21, 1953.

Officer Bastone was a member of the Chicago Police Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Italian American Police Association, Illinois Police Association and the St. Jude Police League. He was survived by his wife, Concetta Aiello; Children: Peter and Rosemarie; father, Peter; siblings: Angelo, Carmen, Connie Llotta and Salvatore and stepbrother, Frank Micell.

Patrolman Paul A. Batson

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
01 Jul 1957
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
10018
Incident Date:
22 Dec 1962
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
38
End of Watch:
22 Dec 1962
Unit of Assignment:
14th District - Shakespeare
Date of Birth:
15 Nov 1924
Served:
5 years, 5 months, 21 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
014 - Shakespeare

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 13
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Paul A. Batson, Star #10018, aged 38 years, was a 5 year, 5 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 14th District - Shakespeare.

On December 22, 1962, Officer Batson was on patrol with his partner heading eastbound on west Armitage Avenue. They witnessed a white Chevrolet convertible traveling on the wrong side of Armitage at a high rate of speed, which forced the officers' vehicle into the curb. The officers gave chase, but the driver of the suspect vehicle increased his speed and refused to pull over. As the chase ended, the driver leapt from his vehicle, raised his hands, but refused to turn around as commanded by Batson and his partner. Officer Batson used necessary force to subdue the driver and placed him under arrest. During the arrest, Batson suffered a heart attack and expired.

Officer Batson was waked at Rago Brothers Funeral Home located at 5120 West Fullerton Avenue, his funeral mass was held at Santa Maria Addolorata Catholic Church located at 528 North Ada Street and he was laid to rest on December 24, 1962 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.

Patrolman Paul A. Batson, born November 15, 1924, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 1, 1957.

Officer Batson was survived by his wife, Elaine Ryan; children: Patricia, Philip and Phyllis Ann; mother, Carrie Berger Lewis and sister, Grace Saletta.

Patrolman George T. Bryja

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
13 Jun 1966
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
12557
Incident Date:
27 Jul 1986
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
45
End of Watch:
27 Jul 1986
Unit of Assignment:
22nd District - Morgan Park
Date of Birth:
01 Mar 1941
Served:
20 years, 1 month, 14 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
008 - Chicago Lawn

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Resurrection Catholic Cemetery - Justice, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-9
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 10
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 41
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 9-E: 9

Incident Details:

Patrolman George T. Bryja, Star #12557, aged 45 years, was a 20 year, 1 month, 14 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 22nd District - Morgan Park.

On July 27, 1986, at 3:00 a.m., Officer Bryja was off duty when he was awakened by the sound of his wife's car alarm. His wife set the alarm off to summon Officer Bryja when she drove up to the house and saw two men trying to set a neighbor's garage on fire after spray-painting it with graffiti. Officer Bryja and his 18-year-old son chased the vandals through an alley for four blocks before losing them. When he returned home, he began sweating profusely, complained of chest pains and collapsed. At 4:30 a.m., Officer Bryja was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:51 a.m.

Officer Bryja was waked at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home located at 4727 West 103rd Street and he was laid to rest on July 31, 1986 in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 7201 Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois.

Patrolman George T. Bryja, born March 1, 1941, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on June 13, 1966. He earned 1 Department Commendation and various other awards during his career.

Officer Bryja served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Sharon Carlson; daughter and son. Officer Bryja's son followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Chicago Police Department.

On March 2, 2010, Officer Bryja's star was retired by Superintendent Jody P. Weis and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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Detective Christopher C. Callahan

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
07 May 1921
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
11 Jun 1938
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
44
End of Watch:
12 Jun 1938
Unit of Assignment:
3rd District - Pekin Inn
Date of Birth:
26 Jun 1893
Served:
17 years, 1 month, 4 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Not Listed
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Detective Christopher C. Callahan, Star # Unknown, aged 44 years, was a 17 year, 1 month, 4 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 3rd District – Pekin Inn.

On June 11, 1938, Detective Callahan was on duty working at the Pekin Inn Station. While on duty he became ill. Knowing that he had been ill with heart trouble he was ordered by his doctor M. W. K. Byrne to go to the hospital. Detective Callahan left the station and went to Mercy Hospital where he died in the early morning hours on June 12, 1938.

Detective Callahan waked at his residence located at 5533 South Ingleside Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Tomas the Apostle Church located at 5472 South Kimbark Avenue and he was laid to rest on June 15, 1938 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Detective Christopher C. Callahan, born June 26, 1893, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 7, 1921. He earned 12 Credible Mentions and 6 Extra Compensations for Meritorious Conduct totaling $1190.00 during his career. In 1930, he was also awarded the Tribune Monthly Hero Award. On March 21, 1930, he was promoted to Temporary Sergeant for Meritorious Conduct. On April 13, 1931, he was dropped from Temporary Sergeant. Detective Callahan was also at the head of the Sergeant’s promotion list recently posted by the Civil Service Commission at the time of his death.

Detective Callahan was survived by his wife, Marcella McGovern; son, John and siblings: George, Mrs. J. Crilly, Mrs. T. Evoy, Mrs. M. McCormick, Peter and Robert.

On June 25, 2013, Patrolman Moylan's star was retired by Superintendent Garry McCarthy and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

Patrolman Helen P. Cardwell

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
11 May 1970
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
1181
Incident Date:
19 May 1988
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
50
End of Watch:
19 May 1988
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Community Services - Senior Citizens Services Division: Unit 135 - Speakers Unit
Date of Birth:
28 Jan 1938
Served:
18 years, 0 months, 8 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
010 - Ogden

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 12
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 43
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 18-W: 13

Incident Details:

Patrolman Helen P. Cardwell, Star #11815, aged 50 years, was an 18 year, 0 month, 8 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Community Services - Senior Citizens Services Division: Unit 135 - Speakers Unit.

On May 19, 1988, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Officer Cardwell was driving northbound on the 1500 block of South Sacramento Avenue. She was going to pick up her assigned squad car at the Area 4 Motor Maintenance Garage when she lost control of the unmarked pool vehicle and veered into oncoming traffic and into two trees on the opposite side of the road. Witnesses said that they did not see Officer Cardwell take any evasive action when her car swerved and there were no skid marks present at the scene. She was removed from the car by firefighters at 10:45 a.m. and transported to Mount Sinai Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 10:45 a.m. Doctors believe she may have suffered a heart attack or a stroke.

Officer Cardwell was waked at Donnellan Funeral Home located at 10045 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, Illinois, her funeral mass was held at Queen of the Universe Catholic Church located at 7114 South Hamlin Avenue and she was laid to rest on May 23, 1988 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Patrolman Helen P. Cardwell, born January 28, 1938, received her Probationary Appointment to the Department on May 11, 1970. She earned 1 Honorable Mention and 127 Complimentary Letters during her career. She began her career in the Youth Division before being transferred to the Neighborhood Relations Division where she served as one of the original members of the Officer Friendly Program in 1972. Later she was assigned to the Preventative Programs Division. When the speakers unit of the Bureau of Community Services: Senior Citizens Services Division was established in 1982, she became a member. Several times each day, Officer Cardwell would meet with the elderly to teach them the simple but crucial rules of crime prevention. She held a Bachelors, Masters and was working towards a Doctorate Degree at the time of her death

Officer Cardwell was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. She was survived by her husband Lawrence (CPD); son, Lawrence II and brother, Daniel.

Patrolman Thomas J. Carroll

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
27 Oct 1922
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
617
Incident Date:
20 Mar 1949
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
54
End of Watch:
20 Mar 1949
Unit of Assignment:
34th District - Albany Park
Date of Birth:
03 Sep 1894
Served:
26 years, 4 months, 21 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
012 - Near West

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
All Saints Catholic Cemetery - Des Plaines, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-2
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 13
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Thomas J. Carroll, Star #1617, aged 54 years, was a 26 year, 4 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 34th District - Albany Park.

On March 20, 1949, Officer Thomas Carroll and his partner, Patrolman Henry Kosinski, transported a paralytic stroke victim to Cook County Hospital in their squadrol. The elevators at the hospital were out of order and the officers carried the patient up a flight of stairs. After reaching the 2nd floor Officer Carroll began to complain of chest pains and sat down in a nearby chair. Shortly after sitting down Officer Carroll had a fatal heart attack and died.

Officer Carroll was waked at Jennings-Peoples Funeral Home located at 5018-20 West Chicago Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Angela Catholic Church located at 5758 West Potomac Avenue and he was laid to rest on March 23, 1949 in All Saints Catholic Cemetery, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Patrolman Thomas J. Carroll, born September 3, 1894, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 27, 1922. Prior to joining the Chicago Police Department he was a Stationary Fireman.

Officer Carroll was a member of Feehan Council No. 749 Knights of Columbus. He was survived by his wife, Helen Barry and children: Helen, Jeannette, Margaret and Thomas.

On February 20, 2008, Officer Carroll's star was retired by Superintendent Jody P. Weis and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

Patrolman Edgar A. Clay Jr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
16 Jul 1957
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
1042
Incident Date:
07 Jan 1982
Cause of Death:
Illness - Pulmonary Embolism
Age:
51
End of Watch:
25 Jan 1982
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Operational Services - Youth Division: Unit 071 - Area 1 Youth
Date of Birth:
30 Jun 1930
Served:
24 years, 6 months, 9 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
003 - Grand Crossing

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 16
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 36
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 16-W: 14

Incident Details:

Patrolman Edgar A. Clay, Jr., Star #10425, aged 51 years, was a 24 year, 6 month, 9 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services - Youth Division: Unit 071 - Area 1 Youth.

On January 7, 1982, Officer Clay was working as the school officer at the Hyde Park Career Academy located at 6220 South Stony Island Avenue. He was informed by a student that he had just been robbed by another student who was armed with a gun. The offender had struck the victim over the head with his fist while holding the gun in his other hand and took his gym bag. Later, the victim told Officer Clay that he had seen the offender in the school hallway. When the officer attempted to stop the suspect, the 16-year-old youth resisted and a struggle ensued, during which Clay fell to the ground and suffered a severely injured knee. School personnel held the offender until police arrived to take him into custody. A protective search of the offender revealed a loaded .22 caliber pistol in his backpack. Officer Clay developed a blood clot from the knee injury and suffered a bilateral pulmonary embolism on January 25, 1982.

Officer Clay was waked at A. A. Rayner & Sons Funeral Home located at 318 East 71st Street, his funeral mass was also held at A. A. Rayner & Sons Funeral Home and he was laid to rest on January 30, 1982 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Patrolman Edgar A. Clay, Jr., born June 30, 1930, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on July 16, 1957.

Officer Clay was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Kay F. Hale; daughter, Angela; sons: Robert and Edgar III; brother, Sidney L. and five grandchildren.

Patrolman Peter J. Connolly

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
27 May 1926
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
19 Oct 1930
Cause of Death:
Explosion - Accidental
Age:
35
End of Watch:
19 Oct 1930
Unit of Assignment:
17th District - New City
Date of Birth:
03 Mar 1895
Served:
4 years, 4 months, 22 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
009 - Deering

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 18
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Peter J. Connolly, Star # Unknown, aged 35 years, was a 4 year, 4 month, 22 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 17th District - New City.

On October 19, 1930, Officer Connolly was on duty working the midnight shift. He stepped into a restaurant located at 1545 West 47th Street and placed an order. After being served coffee he was asked by the waiter to look at a hot water boiler which was not operating properly. Officer Connolly was reading the instructions on the wall when the boiler exploded without warning. Officer Connolly sustained severe burns in the explosion. He was transported to the hospital and died the next day from his injuries.

Officer Connolly was laid to rest on October 22, 1930 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Patrolman Peter J. Connolly, March 3, 1895, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 27, 1926.

Officer Connolly was survived by his wife, Nellie.

Patrolman Leon Theodore Czajka

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
04 Mar 1921
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
21 Jan 1939
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cerebral Hemorrhage
Age:
44
End of Watch:
21 Jan 1939
Unit of Assignment:
Traffic Division
Date of Birth:
09 Apr 1894
Served:
17 years, 10 months, 17 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery - Niles, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 9
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Leon Theodore Czajka, Star # Unknown, aged 44 years, was an 17 year, 10 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Traffic Division.

On January 21, 1939, Traffic Patrolman James Moran attempted to question two men, Alex Gerulis, age 22, and William Severa, age 25, in a suspected stolen auto at Dearborn and Lake Streets when they sped away. The policeman had commandeered a taxi cab, but the cab became stuck in traffic and was unable to pursue the offenders further. The pursuing policemen called to Officer Czajka, who then took up the chase by commandeering a different car at the intersection of Monroe and Dearborn Streets. Gerulis and Severa turned onto westbound Monroe Street and later abandoned their vehicle at Wells Street. At that time Officer Czajka pursued the offenders on foot and apprehended them at Adams and Market Streets. Officer Czajka collapsed as he covered the two suspects with his pistol drawn. Gerulis and Severa attempted to flee the area but were stopped and held by a private citizen, Elwood Zuley, age 23, a police department applicant who was number 1866 on the list. Zuley witnessed the incident, ran over to Officer Czajka's side and picked up his revolver, gave chase and carried out a citizen's arrest one block away holding the suspects for Traffic Patrolman Michael J. Deneen. Tragically, Officer Czajka suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died during the incident.

Alex Gerulis and William Severa were charged with auto theft.

Officer Czajka was waked at a John V. May Funeral Home located at 4553-61 North Milwaukee Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Cornelius Church located at 5205 North Lieb Avenue and he was laid to rest on January 25, 1939 in St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, 6800 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois.

Patrolman Leon Theodore Czajka, born April 9, 1894, received a Temporary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 8, 1919 prior to his Probationary Appointment to the Department on March 4, 1921. He earned 2 Credible Mentions during his career.

Officer Czajka was a member of the Chicago Police Post No. 207 American Legion. He was survived by his wife, Anastasia Chmielewski; mother, Julia Dominikoski and siblings: Frank, John and Tillie Talaska.

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Patrolman James Days

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
23 Jan 1961
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
6154
Incident Date:
10 Nov 1978
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
52
End of Watch:
10 Nov 1978
Unit of Assignment:
21st District - Prairie
Date of Birth:
11 Aug 1926
Served:
17 years, 9 months, 18 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
002 - Wentworth

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Burr Oak Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 1
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 33
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 28-E: 16

Incident Details:

Patrolman James Days, Star #6154, aged 52 years, was a 17 year, 9 month, 18 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 21st District - Prairie.

On November 10, 1978, Officer Days and his partner, Patrolman Phylis Townsend, observed a suspicious vehicle on the 1500 block of 51st Street near the intersection with Dorchester Avenue. The car was stalled with its headlights flashing and the officers suspected it was the same car that was stolen near the intersection of 51st Street and Dorchester Avenue two hours previous. When the men in the vehicle spotted the officers, the driver sped away. As the vehicle was still moving the driver and passenger jumped out and fled on foot. The empty car struck a tree and came to a stop at 1357 East Madison Park Avenue. The officers alerted the Communication Operations Section (COS) and pursued the men on foot. When assisting officers arrived they found Officer Days lying on the sidewalk in front of 1371 East 50th Street unconscious. Officer Days was transported to the Billings Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

University of Chicago Police, who responded to the officer's radio message for help, apprehended one of the offenders, Prince Willis, age 19. He was arrested and charged with auto theft.

Officer Days was waked at Progressive Funeral Parlor located at 7208 South Stony Island and he was laid to rest on November 15, 1978 in Burr Oak Cemetery, 4400 West 127th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Patrolman James Days, born August 11, 1926, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 23, 1961.

Officer Days was survived by his wife, Dorietha Bryant; son and four siblings.

Patrolman Edgar A. DeCuir

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
17 Apr 1952
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
4461
Incident Date:
22 Dec 1972
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
49
End of Watch:
22 Dec 1972
Unit of Assignment:
2nd District - Wentworth
Date of Birth:
16 Aug 1923
Served:
20 years, 8 months, 5 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
002 - Wentworth

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 2
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Edgar A. DeCuir, Star #4461, aged 49 years, was a 20 year, 8 month, 5 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 2nd District - Wentworth.

On December 22, 1972, Patrolman DeCuir was working in the 2nd District lockup. While processing a prisoner, he was assaulted and a struggle ensued. The prisoner was subdued, but Officer DeCuir became ill and suffered a heart attack, dying before any medical attention could be summoned.

Officer DeCuir was waked Griffin Funeral Home located at 3232 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and he was laid to rest on December 27, 1972 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Patrolman Edgar A. DeCuir, born August 16, 1923, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 17, 1952. On August 15, 1952, Officer DeCuir reported his star, Star #4454, as lost and was issued a new replacement star, Star #4461. Upon his death, his replacement star was not retired and was reissued to Patrolman John A. Cruz on February 19, 1973.

Officer DeCuir was survived by his wife, Mattie Marshall.

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Park Policeman Arthur J. Eiberg

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Agency:
Chicago Park District Police Department
Appointed Date:
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
03 May 1957
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
63
End of Watch:
03 May 1957
Unit of Assignment:
Kilbourn Park Station
Date of Birth:
30 Dec 1893
Served:
Length of Service Unknown
District of Incident (Present Day):
017 - Albany Park

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
All Saints Catholic Cemetery - Des Plaines, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Not Listed
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Park Policeman Arthur J. Eiberg, Star # Unknown, aged 63 years, was a veteran of the Chicago Park District Police Department, assigned to the Kilbourn Park Station.

On May 3, 1957, Officer Eiberg was walking his beat in Kilbourn Park near the intersection of Addison Street and Kilbourn Avenue when he became ill and collapsed. Officer Eiberg died from a heart attack. His body was directly transported to Theis Funeral Home located at 3517-27 North Pulaski Road.

Officer Eiberg was waked at Theis Funeral Home located at 3517-27 North Pulaski Road, his funeral mass was held at St. Hillary Church located at 5600 North Fairfield Avenue and he was laid to rest on May 7, 1957 in All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Park Policeman Arthur J. Eiberg was born on December 30, 1893.

Officer Eiberg was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Eleanor Eiberg; children: Jean E. Heidkamp and Joan E. Donley; sister, Lillian Huleu and three grandchildren.

The Chicago Park District Police Department, in the City of Chicago, was disbanded on December 31, 1957. On January 1, 1958, the remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Police Department through an intergovernmental agreement. Fallen officers of the Chicago Park District Police Department are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers. Their stars are displayed in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case located in the lobby of the Chicago Police Department at 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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Patrolman Frank Gerber

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
23 Aug 1889
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
04 Feb 1923
Cause of Death:
Animal Bite
Age:
60
End of Watch:
04 Mar 1923
Unit of Assignment:
District 32 - North Robey
Date of Birth:
06 Dec 1862
Served:
33 years, 6 months, 6 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
019 - Town Hall

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Peter Catholic Cemetery - Skokie, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Not Listed
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Frank Gerber, Star # Unknown, aged 60 years, was a 33 year, 6 month, 6 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 32nd District - North Robey.

On approximately February 4, 1923, Officer Gerber responded to a disturbance regarding a rabid dog. He had been called to a home on Cuyler Avenue to kill the dog, but was bitten as he attempted to do so. He received medical attention for the bite but later developed hydrophobia, an extreme or irrational fear of water. This condition is a symptom of rabies in humans and it was then learned that he had contracted rabies from the dog bite. He underwent treatment for the rabies. On March 4, 1923, one month after the incident, Officer Gerber died from a side effect of the rabies treatment that he received. His official cause of death was listed as Paralysis.

Officer Gerber was waked at his residence located at 3831 North Hamlin Avenue, his funeral mass was also held at his residence and he was laid to rest on March 7, 1923 in Niles Center Cemetery which was later renamed St. Peter Catholic Cemetery, 8115 Niles Center Road, Skokie, Illinois.

Patrolman Frank Gerber, born December 6, 1862, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 23, 1889. On March 15, 1898, he was given a Civil Service promotion.

Officer Gerber was survived by his wife, Mathilde Jeske; children: Amanda, Anton F., Josephine and Tillie; siblings: Anne and Joe and siblings: Anna Neisen and Joe Gerig.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

Robey Street was later renamed Damen Avenue. Robey Street was named for James Robey a real estate developer. Damen Avenue was named after Father Arnold Damen. In 1857 Father Damen founded Holy Family Parish and it was the fourth largest church in the country when it was built. He was also the founder of St. Ignatius College which became Loyola University.

Patrolman Thomas R. Gesiorski

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
01 Oct 1956
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
5462
Incident Date:
26 Dec 1977
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
52
End of Watch:
26 Dec 1977
Unit of Assignment:
7th District - Englewood
Date of Birth:
23 Dec 1925
Served:
21 years, 2 months, 25 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
007 - Englewood

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Resurrection Catholic Cemetery - Justice, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-9
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 2
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 5, Line 16
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 61-W: 28

Incident Details:

Patrolman Thomas R. Gesiorski, Star #5462, aged 52 years, was a 21 year, 2 month, 25 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 7th District - Englewood.

On December 26, 1977, Officer Thomas Gesiorski responded to a call of a man shot. Upon arrival the officers located Richard Huff, 42, who had been shot in the chest. Officer Gesiorski and his partner carried the gunshot victim down three flights of stairs, placed him in the squadrol, and transported him to St. Bernard Hospital located at 326 West 64th Street. While in the emergency room, Officer Gesiorski became ill and collapsed to the floor in the emergency room. He suffered a fatal heart attack and was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m.

Officer Gesiorski was waked at Egan Funeral Home located at 3700 West 63 Street, his funeral mass was held at Queen of the Universe Church located at 7114 South Hamlin Avenue and he was laid to rest on December 30, 1977 in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 7201 Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois.

Patrolman Thomas R. Gesiorski, born December 23, 1925, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 1, 1956.

Officer Gesiorski was a member of the St. Jude Police League. He was survived by his children: Dennis, Karen Demeier, Richard (CPD) and Thomas; siblings: Adele Stasschuk, Catherine Zieniek and Stephanie Musielak and four grandchildren.

On June 25, 2013, Officer Gesiorski's star was retired by Superintendent Garry McCarthy and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

Patrolman Richard F. Gipson

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
11 Feb 1946
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
3451
Incident Date:
04 Feb 1981
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
56
End of Watch:
04 Feb 1981
Unit of Assignment:
16th District - Jefferson Park
Date of Birth:
09 Dec 1924
Served:
34 years, 11 months, 24 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
016 - Jefferson Park

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
All Saints Catholic Cemetery - Des Plaines, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-7
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 14
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 35
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 16-E: 1

Incident Details:

Patrolman Richard F. Gipson, Star #3451, aged 56 years, was a 34 year, 11 month, 24 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 16th District - Jefferson Park O'Hare International Airport Detail.

On February 4, 1981, one day away from retirement, he was directing traffic at O'Hare International Airport on the upper level when he was called into the American Airlines terminal to investigate two suspicious women, Brandie Mason and Denise Herlihy. The women had attempted to purchase Trans World Airlines (TWA) airline tickets with a check and identification that did not match their names. TWA employees notified the other airlines about the suspicious pair and they were apprehended while attempting the same ruse at the American Airlines terminal. Officer Gipson arrived at the scene and attempted to place one of the women in handcuffs when she resisted. Officer Gipson was struck in the chest as the women grabbed the check and attempted to swallow it. A struggle ensued and the officer suffered a fatal heart attack. He was transported to Resurrection Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Both women were transported to the Area 5 Violent Crimes Unit located at 5555 West Grand Avenue and charged with forgery and aggravated battery.

Officer Gipson was waked at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home located at 6150 North Cicero Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Thecla Church located at 6725 West Devon Avenue and he was laid to rest on February 7, 1981 in All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Patrolman Richard F. Gipson, born December 9, 1924, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on February 11, 1946.

Officer Gipson was a member of the Illinois Police Association, Fraternal Order of Police and the St. Jude Police League. He was survived by his wife, Irene E. Byrne; daughter, Gail Facchini; mother Marie Dogan; siblings: John and Patricia Gilbert and grandchildren: William Facchini III and Mark Facchini.

On November 14, 2006, Officer Gipson's star was retired by Superintendent Philip J. Cline and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

Patrolman Thomas J. Glynn

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
02 Mar 1953
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
6933
Incident Date:
20 Sep 1974
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
46
End of Watch:
20 Sep 1974
Unit of Assignment:
8th District - Chicago Lawn
Date of Birth:
03 Jan 1928
Served:
21 years, 6 months, 18 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
008 - Chicago Lawn

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 15
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 29
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 61-E: 3

Incident Details:

Patrolman Thomas J. Glynn, Star #6933, aged 46 years, was a 21 year, 6 months 18 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 8th District - Chicago Lawn.

On September 20, 1974, Officer Glynn and his partner, Officer William Murphy, spotted a woman at Hale Park, who was ordered by a judge to stay away from the area, with a male companion. The woman had been previously arrested for narcotics violations in the area. The officers ordered her to leave when her friend, David Bridges, age 18, interfered. Bridges began to argue and fight with the officers, both sustaining torn shirts and bruises during the altercation. Bridges was taken into custody and transported to the Chicago Lawn Station. Shortly after arriving to the Lawndale Station located at 3515 West 63rd Street Officer Glynn collapsed and suffered a heart attack. Officer Murphy immediately began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation while an ambulance was summoned. Officer Glynn was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where he died.

David Bridges was charged with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of obstruction.

Officer Glynn was waked at Lain & Son Chapel located at 2121 West 95th Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Symphorosa Catholic Church located at 6125 South Austin Avenue and he was laid to rest on September 24, 1974 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Patrolman Thomas J. Glynn, born January 3, 1928, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 2, 1953.

Officer Glynn served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was also a member of the Confederation of Police and the St. Jude Police League. Officer Glynn was survived by his wife, Philomena M. O’Neill; children, Ann Marie, Brendan, Patricia, Phyllis, Maureen, Sean and Tom; mother, Margaret Conway and siblings: Barbara Garner, Loretta Carroll, Mary Fraser, Michael, Patricia McDermott and William J.

Patrolman Gary M. Gradle

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
11 Aug 1986
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
9366
Incident Date:
05 Apr 1996
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
38
End of Watch:
05 Apr 1996
Unit of Assignment:
4th District - South Chicago
Date of Birth:
11 Oct 1957
Served:
9 years, 7 months, 25 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
004 - South Chicago

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 15
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Gary M. Gradle, Star #9366, aged 38 years, was a 9 year, 7 month, 25 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 4th District - South Chicago.

On April 5, 1996, Officer Gradle was working the third watch on Beat 453 when he was discovered slumped over the wheel of his squad car gasping for breath. A CFD ambulance responded and transported him to St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Hammond, Indiana. Officer Gradle was pronounced dead from a heart attack several hours later.

Officer Gradle had another close call on the job in which his bullet proof vest saved his life. On March 24, 1991, at 9:40 p.m., Officer Gradle, while working 10-99, responded to a call of a man with a gun at 81st Street and Houston Avenue. In search of the man, Officer Gradle entered a dark parking garage and was shot point-blank in the chest, right below the sternum. He returned fire at the offender, who escaped. He was transported to South Chicago Community Hospital was treated an released.

Officer Gradle was waked at Thompson and Kuenster Funeral Home located at 5570 West 95th Street, his funeral mass was held at St. John Fischer Catholic Church located at 10234 South Washtenaw Avenue and was laid to rest on April 15, 1996 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois. His crypt is located in the Mausoleum of the Archangels, Tier 2C, Crypt 450.

Patrolman Gary M. Gradle, born October 11, 1957, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 11, 1986.

Officer Gradle was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth; children: Claire and Joseph; parents: George (CPD) and Marian; brother and sister.

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Patrolman Edwin J. Halloran

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
05 Feb 1915
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
214
Incident Date:
26 Dec 1926
Cause of Death:
Illness - Sepsis
Age:
37
End of Watch:
14 Jan 1927
Unit of Assignment:
30th District - Sheffield
Date of Birth:
28 May 1889
Served:
11 years, 11 months, 9 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
019 - Town Hall

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Calvary Cemetery - Evanston, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 17
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 2, Line 18
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 6-E: 16

Incident Details:

Patrolman Edwin J. Halloran, Star #214, aged 37 years, 11 year, 11 month, 9 day was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 30th District - Sheffield.

On December 26, 1926, Officer Halloran was cranking a police flivver, a small police vehicle, when the crank handle kicked back and bruised his left arm. Officer Halloran paid no attention to the injury and believed it to be a simple bruise. It wasn’t until January when blood poisoning began to develop. In January, 1927, he was taken to St. Mary Hospital where his left arm had to be amputated. Officer Halloran then developed a condition at the time called "septicemia of a pangremous condition of the forearm" which was directly linked to the crank handle incident. On January 14, 1927, Officer Halloran died from the septicemia due to the chain of events of the crank handle incident.

Officer Halloran was waked at his residence located at 1146 West Newport Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Sebastian Catholic Church located at 820 West Wellington Avenue and he was laid to rest on January 17, 1927 in Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois.

Patrolman Edwin J. Halloran, born May 28, 1889, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on Feb 5, 1915. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career.

Officer Halloran was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Irene Duffy; children: Edwina, Florence, and Mary; mother, Mary Fergus and siblings: Anna; George and Loretta.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

Patrolman Joseph F. Higgins

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
16 Sep 1956
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
9956
Incident Date:
23 Mar 1975
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
43
End of Watch:
23 Mar 1975
Unit of Assignment:
6th District - Gresham
Date of Birth:
12 Jun 1931
Served:
18 years, 6 months, 7 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
022 - Morgan Park

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-6
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 21
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 30
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 24-E: 17

Incident Details:

Patrolman Joseph F. Higgins, Star #9956, aged 43 years, was an 18 year, 6 month, 7 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 6th District - Gresham.

On March 23, 1975, Officer Higgins along with other Gresham District Officers trapped a burglar, George Williams, age 61, inside of a home located at 1735 West 99th Street. Officer Higgins was guarding the rear exit when Williams attempted to flee. A struggle ensued between Officer Higgins and Williams, who was eventually subdued by Officer Higgins, Lieutenant Thomas Faragoi and three additional officers. After the altercation, Officer Williams began to complain of dizziness and collapsed. He was transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park where he was pronounced dead on arrival from a heart attack.

George Williams was charged with burglary and resisting arrest. At the time of the incident, he was on parole for burglary.

Officer Higgins was waked at Kenny Brothers Funeral Home located at 3600 West 95th Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Alexander Church located at 7025 West 12th Street, Palos Heights, Illinois and he was laid to rest on March 26, 1975 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Patrolman Joseph F. Higgins, born June 12, 1931, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on September 16, 1956.

Officer Higgins was survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Hopkins; children: Bill, Margaret, Mary, Nora Ann and William and mother: Mae Buckley.

Patrolman Mortimer Hogan

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
1875
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
05 Aug 1881
Cause of Death:
Illness - Spinal Meningitis
Age:
28
End of Watch:
12 Aug 1881
Unit of Assignment:
2nd Precinct - Hinman Street Station District
Date of Birth:
1853
Served:
6 years*
District of Incident (Present Day):
012 - Near West

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Calvary Cemetery - Evanston, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Not Listed
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Mortimer Hogan, Star # Unknown, aged 28 years, was a 6 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 2nd Precinct - Hinman Street Station District.

On August 5, 1881, Officer Hogan was detailed to escort duty for the funeral of Patrolman Patrick M. O'Brien who was killed in the line of duty a few days previous on August 3, 1881. The day was very warm and sultry and Officer Hogan became overheated while in formation. He became ill from the effects of the weather of which he never recovered. He was taken to his parent’s residence located at No. 530 West 14th Street (present day 1333 West 14th Street) where he lingered. On August 11, 1881, in the evening hours, Officer Hogan passed away. His official cause of death was spinal meningitis.

Officer Hogan was waked at his parents residence located at No. 530 West 14th Street (present day 1333 West 14th Street), his funeral was held at Jesuit Church located at No. 2251 West 12th Street (present day 1080 West Roosevelt Road) and he was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois.

Patrolman Mortimer Hogan, born in 1853, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department in 1875. In the six years of service to the Department he gave general satisfaction in the performance of his duty.

Officer Hogan was a member of Division No. 7, The Ancient Order of Hibernians. He was survived by his parents. He lived at No. 417 Jackson Boulevard (present day 1244 West Jackson Boulevard) and was unmarried.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

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