PERFORMANCE OF DUTY DEATHS
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.
Patrolman James Days
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, at 2:30 a.m., Officer Days and his partner, Patrolman Phylis Townsend were working beat 2141. While on patrol they observed a suspicious vehicle, a red Audi, which contained several occupants acting erratically in the vicinity of 51st Street and Woodlawn Avenue. The suspicious vehicle had a green light but was not moving, but rather standing still with its high beam lights flashing on and off. Officer Townsend pulled the squad car close to look inside the vehicle. The vehicle then drove off increasing speed and began weaving. The officers initiated a pursuit and approximately one block later, as the vehicle was still moving, the driver and passenger jumped out and fled on foot.. The vehicle continued to move and crashed into a tree coming to a stop at 1357 East Madison Park Avenue. Both officer began to pursue the suspects on foot. Officer Days had already called the pursuit into the Communication Operations Section (COS) and responding units were converging on the area. While in pursuit, Officer Townsend heard that a man was down at 50th Street, she would later learn it was her partner. Responding to the pursuit, Sergeant S. Castaneda, beat 2120, discovered Officer Days laying on the sidewalk in front of 1371 East 50th Street unconscious. Officer Days was transported to Billings Hospital by beat 2172, arriving at 2:50 a.m., he was pronounced dead by Dr. Dubnow at 3:25 a.m. on November 10, 1978. Officer billings had gone into cardiac arrest during the foot prusuit and died as a result.
Prince Willis, age 19, of 65 East Harrison Street, was arrested by Sergeant Crozier of the University of Chicago Police Department. The sergeant had responded to the officer's radio message for help and located Willis in the vicinity of the foot chase. Willis was positively identified by Officer Townsend as the driver of the fleeing vehicle. It was learned that the car Willis was driving was reported stolen from 5324 South Kimbark Avenue at 12:59 on November 10, 1978. Willis was later charged with possession of stolen auto.
Officer Days was waked at Canaan Baptist Church located at 6659 South Harvard Avenue, his funeral services were held at Progressive Funeral Parlor located at 7208 South Stony Island Avenue and he was laid to rest on November 15, 1978 in Burr Oak Cemetery, 4400 West 127th Street, Alsip, Illinois.
Patrolman James (NMN) Days, born August 11, 1926, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 23, 1961.
Officer Days served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943 thru 1948, was a veteran of the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged. He was survived by his wife, Doreatha Rebecca (nee Bryant) age 46; son, Melvin Leroy, age 18, mother, Leola Benable (nee Sanker) and siblings: Mattie, Morgan, Ruth and William.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #Z410909 Theft Report and Z411000 Hospitalization Report.
Patrolman Edgar A. DeCuir
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 (nee Marshall).
Patrolman Albert Lee Dixon Jr.
Patrolman Albert Lee Dixon, Jr., Star #4127, aged 40 years, was a 2 year, 8 month, 14 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 15th District - Austin Tactical Unit.
On September 9, 1992, at 7:40 p.m., Officer Dixon was working in plainclothes with his partner Patrolman Royal Webster. They responded to another officer's call for assistance and became engaged in a foot pursuit in which they apprehended Victor Townsel, age 17, of 5009 West Washington Street, wanted for robbery. Shortly after placing HHHH in custody, Officer Dixon began complaining that he did not feel well and was having chest pains numbness. Officer Webster immediately transported Officer Dixon to Loretto Hospital where he was treated by Dr. Bank. Dr. Bank stated that Officer Dixon was in serious condition and needed to be transferred to a different hospital for treatment. He had suffered an aneurysm and fell into a coma. Officer Dixon was then transported to Michael Reese Hospital by CFD Ambulance #28. He was placed on a respirator and it was later determined that he was brain dead. Officer Dixon was taken off the respirator and died shortly thereafter, he was pronounced dead by Dr. Martin G. Luken at 12:25 p.m. on September 12, 1992.
Officer Dixon was waked at A.A. Rayner & Sons Funeral Home located at 5511 West Madison Street, his funeral mass was also held at A.A. Rayner & Sons Funeral Home and he was laid to rest on September 17, 1992 in Oakridge Cemetery, 4301 West Roosevelt Road, Hillside, Illinois..
Patrolman Albert Lee Dixon, Jr., born July 1, 1952, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on December 26, 1989.
Officer Dixon was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Edwina (nee Stennis) and children: Donald Dwayne, age 19 Jennifer, age 7 months and Kewan Delfon, age 17.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #T404640 Robbery Report and T428130 Hospitalization Report.