CANINE & EQUINE DUTY DEATHS
Roll Call of all known Canine & Equines. A Canine & Equine Duty Death is classified as the death of a dog or horse of the Chicago Police Department who has died or have been killed in the line of duty.
Police Canine Sam I
Police Canine SAM was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services - Patrol Division, Special Operations Group: Unit 058 - Canine Unit.
On February 27, 1965, K-9 SAM and his partner, Patrolman Arthur Hajek, responded to a call of an open door at the Claude A. Reavis School, 834 East 50th Street. Upon arrival the two officers entered and began searching the building. During the search, K-9 SAM attacked Patrolman R. Pearson Jr. while he was also searching the building with his partner Patrolman Eugene Abington, both from the Hyde Park Station. Mistaking Officer Pearson for an offender K-9 SAM attempted to apprehend him and bit Officer Pearson. Officer Abington fired a shot into K-9 SAM in order to save the life of his partner. K-9 SAM later succumbed to his wound.
Commander Hartnett later ordered an investigation into the possibility that canine unit Sergeant Lawrence Swanigan might have been negligent in the action. Commander Hartnett said it seems the Sergeant Swanigan failed to clear the area of fellow police officers before unleashing K-9 SAM into the building to conduct the search.
K-9 SAM was survived by his handler, Patrolman Arthur Hajek.
Police Canine Sieger I
Police Canine SIEGER, aged 9.5 years, was a 7 year, 7 month, 28 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Field Services - Patrol Division: Special Operations Group.
On May 14, 1979, at 2:30 a.m., K-9 SIEGER and his handler, Patrolman Ron Magro, responded to a call for a burglar alarm. They responded to Corner Liquor Store located at 45 East Garfield Boulevard. Upon arrival another Police Canine and his handler met them. They observed a side door to the tavern to be open. The owner of the tavern, whom lived above, came downstairs and opened the front door for the responding officers. The two dogs made their entry and began searching. During the search a trap door to the basement was discovered and K-9 SIEGER and his handler went downstairs to investigate. Once in the basement no one was found. It was at this time that K-9 SIEGER found some bread on a pan, which was laying on the floor. K-9 SIEGER began to eat the bread when his handler yelled for him to "Drop it." However, it was to late for K-9 SIEGER, the bread was laced with poison, 10-80 also known as Sodium Flouroacetate, used to kill rodents. The poison is so toxic that it can kill humans if ingested. K-9 SIEGER and his handler left the scene. Hours later, K-9 SIEGER became listless. At 5:30 a.m. he began having convulsions. His handler rushed him to Hektoen Institute, a veterinary research unit at Cook County Hospital located at 627 South Wood Street. All efforts were made to save K-9 SIEGER; his heart stopped and was restarted. His kidneys also stopped functioning and were forced to function again. In the end though there was nothing that could be done for him and he passed away.
Police Canine SIEGER, born in 1969, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 16, 1971. He graduated from the Police Canine Training Academy on December 22, 1971. K-9 SIEGER was only six months away from retirement when he died.
K-9 SIEGER was survived by his handler, Patrolman Ron Magro.
Police Equine Speed
Police Equine Speed, aged 13 years, was a 6 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Patrol - Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 - Mounted Unit.
On June 6, 1997, Police Horse Speed and his partner were on duty at the South Shore Country Club located at 7059 South Shore Drive. While on the beach Speed stepped on a buried power line and was electrocuted by a short circuit in the power line. Speeds partner was able to dismount as speed collapsed and died within minutes of being shocked. Speed’s partner was also shocked; but he survived the incident with minor injury. The diagnosis of his death was electrocution.
Police Equine Speed received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 15, 1996.
Police Horse Speed was survived by his handler.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #B343766.
Police Equine Star
Police Equine Star, aged 12 years, was a 1 year, 11 month veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Patrol - Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 - Mounted Unit.
In May 1989, Police Horse Star and his partner were on duty in Jackson Park. Suddenly and without warning Speed collapsed. Speed was transported back to the police barn at the South Shore Country Club located at 7059 South Shore Drive. After two days under veterinary care, Star passed away. The diagnosis of his death was Azoturia, a condition of horses that causes stiffness and pain in the muscles of the hindquarters and back, and the production of dark-colored urine containing myoglobin.
Police Equine Star received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 16, 1987.
Police Horse Star was survived by his handler.