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 Henry Joseph Lange
Patrolman Henry Joseph Lange, Star #3199, aged 37 years, was a 9 year, 7 month, 11 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Traffic Division.
On December 21, 1928, Officer Lange was patrolling on horseback at 333 South Franklin Street. Officer Lange, who was mounted, was directing traffic and observed an automobile violating a parking ordinance. He leaned over to question the driver, which caused him to lose his balance and fall off his mount. Officer Lange fell to the street and hit his head on the cobblestone pavement. He was transported to St. Luke Hospital where he was treated for a fractured skull and died two weeks later on January 3, 1929.
Officer Lange was waked at his residence located at 3353 West Evergreen Avenue, his funeral mass was also held at his residence and he was laid to rest on January 7, 1929 in Acacia Park Cemetery, 7800 West Irving Park Road, Norridge, Illinois.
Patrolman Henry Joseph Lange, born April 6, 1891, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 23, 1919.
Officer Lange was survived by his wife, May; children; Betty and George and siblings: Anna Jennerick, August, Ernest, Frank, Freda Lembke, Herman and Minnie Meyer.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
Detective Dennis J. Laughlin Sr.
Detective Dennis J. Laughlin, Sr., Star #3047, aged 33 years, was a 4 year, 6 month, 15 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 23rd District - Marquette.
On March 9, 1960, Detective Laughlin and his partners, Detectives Joseph Adlesick and John Lynch, had been working a plainclothes detail. They were at the end of a 12 hour investigation that targeted five armed robbery suspects. The suspects were believed responsible for 25 west side street holdups. The detectives received a tip that three of the suspects were in a pool room located at 3843 West Roosevelt Road. Upon arriving at the location they were able to arrest James Stuckey, age 18, William Slater, age 18 and Joseph F. Hampton, age 19. The three then implicated Everet Nelson, age 20, who was arrested in his home located at 2932 West Warren Boulevard. After repeated questioning by the three detectives, the four arrestees told them that the leader of the gang was John L. Ikerd, age 21. Detective Laughlin and his partners searched four other flats, where they were told Ikerd might be hiding, before they went to 1147 South Whipple Street. They took Nelson to the flat with them. Nelson knocked on the apartment door and Ikerd, who was undressed, opened it. When Ikerd saw the three detectives behind Nelson he quickly slammed the door and locked it. The detectives and another squad of three detectives surrounded the building.
Detective Laughlin broke the door in with his shoulder and lunged into the apartment. Ikerd reached for a .45 caliber automatic pistol on top of a dresser in the room as Laughlin tackled him. During the struggle, Laughlin began gasping for breath and collapsed. The two other policemen administered cardio pulmonary resuscitation and called for an inhalator squad. Detective Laughlin had suffered a heart attack and died.
Detective Laughlin was waked at Gibbons O’Keefe Funeral Home located at 4245 West Madison Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Mel's Church located at 4301 West Washington Boulevard and he was laid to rest on March 12, 1960 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.
Detective Dennis J. Laughlin, Sr., born May 5, 1926, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 22, 1955. On October 1, 1957, he was promoted to Temporary Detective. On August 8, 1958, he was restored to Patrolman.
Detective Laughlin served in the Armed Forces and was Honorably Discharged. He was also a member of Chicago Police Post No. 207 American Legion. Detective Laughlin was survived by his wife, Marilyn (nee Miller), age 27; children: David, age 5, Dennis, Jr., age 8, John, age 20 months and Kathleen, age 6; mother, Esther (nee O’Connor) and stepbrothers: John O’Connor, Mathew O’Connor and Michael O’Connor. His late father, Emmett, was also a Chicago Police Officer.
On August 25, 1939, Detective Laughlin's father, Patrolman Emmett D. Laughlin, was also killed in the line of duty while serving with the Chicago Police Department.
Patrolman John F. Lynch
Patrolman John F. Lynch, Star #11189, aged 46 years, was a 20 year, 0 month, 13 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 7th District - Englewood.
On August 16, 1982, at 7:00 a.m., Officer Lynch and his partner, Patrolman Raymond T. Zene, were working the second watch on beat 773. The officers, assigned to the squadrol, were assigned to transport a deceased body. The officers responded to 1140 West Marquette Road to transport Ms. Willie Davis, age 82, whom had passed away. Upon arrival, they loaded Ms. Davis onto a portable stretcher and carried the body to the squadrol. While removing the body Officer Lynch began to experience severe chest pains. After loading the body, they transported Ms. Davis to St. Bernard Hospital where she was pronounced dead by Dr. Arnold at 8:30 a.m. on August 16, 1982. While in the hospital's emergency room, Officer Lynch became pale and began to perspire profusely. Officer Zene immediately called for assistance and he was diagnosed as suffering a massive heart attack. Officer Lynch's heart and lungs had stopped functioning and through the extraordinary efforts of Nurse Ora Wright Officer Lynch's life was prolonged. Officer Lynch was admitted and confined to the intensive care unit where he died three days later. He was pronounced dead at 10:40 a.m. on August 19, 1982.
Officer Lynch was waked at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home located at 4727 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, Illinois, his funeral mass was held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church located at 6435 South Kilbourn Avenue and he was laid to rest on August 23, 1982 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.
Patrolman John F. Lynch, born June 21, 1936, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on August 6, 1962.
Officer John Lynch was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, JoAnn M. (nee McLaughlin), age 45; children: Gunn, James Joseph, age 14, Joan Gunn and Michael; mother, Johanna (nee Greaney) and siblings: Edward and Peggie Tunney (CFD).
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #D291720 and D291795.
Youth Officer John T. Lynch
Youth Officer John T. Lynch, Star #8005, aged 54 years, was a 24 year, 1 month, 25 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Field Services - Youth Division: Unit 073 - Area 3 Youth.
On December 19, 1969, Officer Lynch and his partner, Youth Officer Frank Dabrowski, stopped their patrol car near 55th and Halsted when a man flagged them down for assistance. The man pointed out three teenagers who had been harassing him. The teens fled as the officers approached and Lynch and Dabrowski gave chase. Officer Lynch collapsed during the foot pursuit and fell to the sidewalk. He was rushed to Evangelical Hospital where he was pronounced dead from a fatal heart attack.
Officer Lynch was waked at the Sheey Funeral Home located at 8243 South Ashland Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Ethelreda Parish Church located at 8754 South Paulina Street and he was laid to rest in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.
Youth Officer John T. Lynch, born March 10, 1915, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 25, 1945.
Officer Lynch was a member of the Chicago Police Post No. 207 American Legion, Illinois Police Association, Calumet Council No. 632 Knights of Columbus and the St. Jude Police League. He was survived by his wife, Mary Flynn; Children: Bernard, Madonna O’Neill and Marguerite Ann; mother, Elizabeth Lynch Mullaney; sister, Dolores Fouse and two grandchildren.