LINE OF DUTY DEATHS
Roll Call of all Line of Duty Deaths. A Line of Duty Death is classified as the death of an active sworn member by felonious or accidental means during the course of performing police functions while on or off duty.
Patrolman Fred Eckles Jr.
Patrolman Fred Eckles, Jr., Star #13561, aged 41 years, was a 10 year, 7 month, 13 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 6th District - Gresham Tactical Unit.
On January 17, 1984, at 8:00 p.m., Officer Eckles, was working with his partner Sergeant Andrew Singletary on beat 663. The two officer were working with their tactical team 663. The other officer include beat 663A: patrolmen Lorenzo Davis and Karen Morrissete; beat 663B: Patrolmen Freeman J. Coastes and Brian D. Mingo and beat 663C: Patrolman Jeff D. Collier and Marshell Massey. The team was in the process of executing a search warrant for drugs on an apartment located at 8051 South Maryland Avenue. Upon entering the building Sergeant Singletary noticed a male lookout peering through the window and warned the other officers. The team approached the door and knocked announcing "Police. We Have a search Warrant." This was announced twice at which time there was still no response from within the first floor apartment. Sergeant Singletary then ordered the officers to make entry. A battering ram was used to gain entry and Eckles was the second officer through the door. As he entered, Neil Young, age 22, of 8051 South State Street, hiding behind a couch, and two other other men opened fire. Officer Eckles was struck three times, once in the eye, neck and abdomen. He was able to return fire twice before he collapsed to the floor. Two other officers also returned fire getting off nine shots, four of which struck Young killing him. His .357 Magnum and a packet of cocaine were recovered at the scene. In all three offenders were take into custody. Officer Eckles was transported to South Chicago Hospital by CFD Ambulance #37 where he was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Fineberg at 9:07 p.m. on Jnauray 17, 1984.
The two other men were taken into custody and a fourth person, a female was found hiding in a closet. Neighbors reported to the investigators that the home belonged to an elderly woman was in the hospital for over a month after suffering from a stroke. She also lived there with her daughter who was not present during the incident. In the elderly women’s absence, the home was used for drug sales which led to the obtainment of the search warrant.
Officer Eckles was waked at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home located at 10456 South Western Avenue, his funeral mass was held at Christ Bible Center Church located at 134 East 111th Street and he was laid to rest on January 21, 1984 in Cedar Park Cemetery, 12540 South Halsted Street, Calumet Park, Illinois.
Patrolman Fred (NMN) Eckles, Jr., born February 15, 1942, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 4, 1973. He earned several Honorable Mentions during his career.
Officer Eckles was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his ex-wives: Elenor Ruth (nee White), age 39 and LaVernia Eckles Hanner (nee Hull), age 31; children: Christine Marie, age 20, Jeffrey Allen, age 8, Julius Rommel, age 16, Renee Marie, age 19, Fred III, age 20, Terry Allen, age 21 and Tommy Darrell, age 13; sister, Willa Eckles Dendy and grandchildren: Derrick, age 3 and Jeffery, age 2.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #E381758 Vehicle Theft Case Report, F020982 General Offense Case Report and F701490 Vice Case Report.
On June 14, 1984, Officer Eckles' star was retired by Superintendent Fred Rice and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 1121 South State Street. In 2000, Chicago Police Headquarters moved to a new facility at 3510 South Michigan Avenue, Officer Eckles' Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.
Probationary Patrolman Gregory Ray Edwards
Probationary Patrolman Gregory Ray Edwards, Star #4562, aged 27 years, was a 1 year, 1 month, 18 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Staff Services - Education and Training Division: Unit 044 - Recruit Training, detailed to the 3rd District - Grand Crossing.
On September 29, 1987, at 12:30 a.m., Officer Edwards, while off duty, was at the Roberts Motel located at 6625 South Dr. Martin Luther King Drive while on furlough. Marvin Wright, age 24, of 12516 South Wallace Street went to the motel with the intention of robbing the occupants because he was seeking money to complete a drug deal. While in his room on the first floor, Officer Edwards heard banging at the door. Officer Edwards then heard the door knob of the door begin to turn and went to open the door and confront the person on the other side. When he opened the door he encountered Wright and an altercation ensued. He identified himself as a police officer and was shot in the head and chest during the struggle with Wright. Officer Edwards was transported to the University of Chicago’s Bernard Mitchell Hospital where he later succumbed to his wounds. Wright was apprehended by responding officers hiding inside a garage near the scene.
Marvin Wright was apprehended at a garage near the scene of the murder. He was arrested and charged with murder.
Officer Edwards was waked at A. R. Leak & Sons Funeral Home located at 7838 South Cottage Grove Avenue and he was laid to rest in Washington Memorial Cemetery, 701 Ridge Road, Homewood, Illinois.
Probationary Patrolman Gregory R. Edwards, born December 8, 1959, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 11, 1986. He earned 1 Department Commendation and 22 Honorable Mentions during his career.
Officer Edwards was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Loretta and two children.
Detective Ellwood Stephan Egan Sr.
Detective Ellwood Stephan Egan, Sr., Star #6257, aged 40 years, was a 15 year, 3 month, 1 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 28th District - Austin.
On October 3, 1944, Detective Egan and his partner, Detective John Rich, were working the 1st Watch and were driving in Detective Egan's personal vehicle equipped with a police radio that could only receive transmissions. This was not an uncommon practice at the time for detectives to use their personal vehicles, due to shortages of unmarked police vehicles. Uniformed officers were aware of the detectives and their personal vehicles. At 12:50 a.m., they monitored a call for a burglary in progress at 550 North Avers Avenue. Dressed in civilian clothing they responded.
The owner of the building, Michael Diamond, heard some noise in his garage where he kept a safe and stock for a candy business he operated. He saw a flashlight and individuals moving around inside of the garage and phoned the police. Car No. 121, Patrolmen Rudolph Frana and Alfred Timm, arrived on scene in the rear of the property, at the same time Detectives Egan and Rich arrived on scene at the intersection of Ohio Street and Avers Avenue. Mr. Diamond saw the uniformed police and began to yell, "They are running through the gangway!" The offenders were fleeing in a North Easterly direction through a vacant lot to the North of 552 North Avers Avenue directly towards the detectives. The officers gave chase and observed a flash of gunfire. The gunfire came from Detective Egan who had fired a round in the air. Thinking the offenders had fired at responding officer, Officer Frana fired three times in the general direction of the man who had fired first shot. The officers then saw the man slump to the ground. They ran over and it was at this time they learned that the man down was Detective Egan. The first two rounds missed Detective Egan and as he turned to identify himself, the third shot struck him in his femoral artery causing him to collapse and bleed out.
Just as the officers discovered the tragedy, Car No. 160, Patrolmen John Dolan and James Stanton, arrived on scene. They immediately put Detective Egan in their car and rushed him to St. Anne's Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Later in the afternoon on October 3, 1944, Detective Bert Devine arrested three Juveniles, Mike Cutish, age 16, of 422 North Harding Avenue; Nickoll Gollsh, age 14, of 516 North Avers and John Trzbyski, age 18, of 455 North Harding Avenue. The boys later confessed to breaking into the garage and phoning each other all morning to see if anyone had been wounded. All three boys were later charged with burglary.
Officer Egan's funeral mass was held at Our Lady Help of Christians Roman Catholic Church located at 822 North LeClaire Avenue and he was laid to rest on October 5, 1944 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road #4, Hillside, Illinois.
Detective Egan Stephan Ellwood, Sr., born December 23, 1903, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 2, 1929. He earned 12 Credible Mentions and 2 Extra Compensations for Meritorious Conduct totaling $200.00 during his career. Prior to joining the Chicago Police Department Detective Ellwood was a Fireman for the City of Chicago.
Officer Egan was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Protective Association, Holy Name Society and St. Joseph's Guild. He was survived by his wife, Mary (nee Van Patten); son, Ellwood C. Egan, Jr. and siblings:Agnes, age 40, Margaret, age age 45 and William (CFD), age 50. His son, Ellwood would later become a Chicago Police Officer.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department Case #44-317.
On May 25, 2006, Detective Ellwood'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.
Temporary Sergeant Thomas James Egan Sr.
Temporary Sergeant Thomas James Egan, Sr., Star #595, aged 28 years, was a 3 year, 9 month, 8 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 5, 5th Precinct - Hyde Park.
On August 20, 1921, at 11:30 p.m., Sergeant Egan, while on duty working in plainclothes, was stationed in front of the home of General Superintendent Charles C. Fitzmorris located at 5533 South Hyde Park Boulevard. While standing his post he observed a man, Walter Grzybowski, alias Walter Gibson, lurking in the shadows for some time close to where Sergeant Egan had been standing. When Grzybowski realized he had been spotted, he emerged and approached Sergeant Egan pointing a pistol at him and announced a robbery. Egan quickly drew his weapon and opened fire. In the ensuing gun battle Sergeant Egan fired three rounds and as Grzybowski fell from being hit he fired three. Sergeant Egan sustained one gunshot to the chest with the bullet penetrating his heart while Grzybowski was shot twice in the abdomen. As Sergeant Egan collapsed to the sidewalk he yelled out for Fitzmorris saying, “Chief, I’m shot! O, Chief, hurry.” Superintendent Fitzmorris was preparing for bed at the time when he heard the calls for help and snatched his revolver from the dresser and ran outside to investigate. He found both Egan and Grzybowski laying on the ground near unconsciousness. Sergeant Egan was able to give the Superintendent an account of what transpired just before falling unconscious. Both men were taken to Illinois Central Hospital where Sergeant Egan lingered dying six days later on August 26, 1921. Grzybowski was treated and recovered but committed suicide before he could stand trial for the murder.
Sergeant Egan had been stationed at the Superintendent’s house after being involved in a shooting just down the street from the house on May 25, 1921. On that night he was working with his partner Patrolman Joseph Connors when they were standing on the corner of 56th Street and Everett Avenue. They observed an auto approaching without lights. The officers jumped onto the running board of the car and ordered the driver, John Moore, of 814 West 56th Place to halt. It was at this time that the passenger, J. W. Gooney, age 32 of 4713 South Paulina Street, attempted to draw a revolver. Egan drew his service revolver and shot Gooney for times killing him. The driver then stopped and surrendered.
Sergeant Egan was waked at his parent’s residence located at 6020 South Peoria Street, his funeral mass was held in Requiem at St. Brendan Catholic Church located at 6714 South Racine Avenue and he was laid to rest on August 29, 1921 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Temporary Sergeant Thomas James Egan, Sr., born April 14, 1893, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 23, 1917. He earned 3 Credible Mentions during his career. On August 22, 1921, he was promoted to Temporary Sergeant for Meritorious Conduct.
Sergeant Egan was a member of the Calumet Council No. 632 Knights of Columbus and Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Gertrude M.; children: Margaret and Thomas James, Jr.; parents: John (CPD) and Margaret M. (nee Carthy) and siblings: Charles (CPD), John (CPD), Margaret and William (CPD).
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #7452.
Sergeant Charles Edward Eichhorst
Sergeant Charles Edward Eichhorst, Star #1364, aged 43 years, was an 43 years, was an 17 year, 7 month, 19 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 20th District - Summerdale.
On August 4, 1965, at 9:30 a.m., Sergeant Eichhorst, was examining a broken parking meter when he monitored a radio call of a "Robbery in Progress," in the Treasure Island Food Mart located at 2540 West Lawrence Avenue. He instructed a bystander to alert a nearby police car of the robbery and then he rushed to the scene.
Two brothers, Holice and Richard Black had entered the store shortly after it opened and announced a holdup. Richard acted as a lookout as Holice forced his way into the cashier’s cage. He emptied $3,000.00 from the safe into a paper bag and didn’t observe the cashier activate the silent alarm. Upon arrival, Sergeant Eichhorst observed Richard walking away from the front door of the store. He ordered him to stop and put his hands on the wall of the building. Richard continued to walk away and warned his brother by whistling. After ordering Richard several times to stop and drawing his service revolver, Richard put his hands up against the wall. The Sergeant was about to search the Richard when Holice came running out the front door of the store, unobserved by Sergeant Eichhorst. Holice drew down on the sergeant and fired twice, the bullet striking Sergeant Eichhorst in the right temple. Sergeant Eichhorst staggered a short distance across the parking lot before collapsing to the ground. Both men then fled on foot making good their escape.
Shortly after the shooting, Lieutenant Joseph Fitzgerald arrived and discovered Sergeant Eichhorst laying on the ground dead. Further investigation at the scene revealed that the bandits left a trail of fingerprints during their escape. Also found were some articles of clothing in the alley, one of which was a shirt. In this shirt was found a traffic ticket issued to Holice Black. Also recovered was the $3,000.00 which the bandits lost due to a hole in the paper bag they used. Police also found a 1955 Buick near the scene and attached to the windshield was an application for state license plates, said receipt, made out to Holice Black. A picture of Holice Black was obtained by police. Witnesses to the robbery of the store and the shooting of Sergeant Eichhorst positively identified the man in the photo as the gunman.
Both offenders were successful in eluding the police and it was determined that they had convinced a friend to drive them to Gary, Indiana. A nationwide manhunt was instituted and the F.B.I. issued Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution warrants. On December 15, 1965, the F.B.I. arrested Holice Black in Miami, Florida. On December 29, 1965, Richard Black surrendered at the Chicago Office of the F.B.I. On January 5, 1966, both were indicted by the Grand Jury for murder and armed robbery. On July 29, 1966, both men were found guilty. Holice Black was sentenced to 100 to 200 years for the murder charge and 20 to 40 years for the armed robbery charge in the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet. Richard Black was sentenced to 75 to 100 years for the murder charge and 20 to 40 years for the armed robbery charge in the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet.
On July 29, 1966 both were found guilty of armed robbery and murder. On August 26, 1966, the first offender was sentenced to 75 to 100 years for murder and 20 to 40 years for the robbery to the Illinois State Penitentiary. The shooter was sentenced to 100 to 200 years for murder and 24 to 40 years in the Illinois State penitentiary.
Sergeant Eichhorst was waked at Beinecke Chapel, his funeral mass was held at the First Congregational Church of Forest Glen located at 5400 North Lawler Avenue and he was laid to rest on August 7, 1965 in Ridgewood Cemetery, 9900 North Milwaukee Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois.
Sergeant Charles Edward Eichhorst, born January 3, 1922, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on December 16, 1947. He earned 1 Award of Valor (Posthumously) during his career. In September, 1965, he was also awarded the Tribune Monthly Hero Award. On January 1, 1962, he was promoted to Sergeant.
Sergeant Charles Eichhorst was survived by his wife, Jean Jenkins; Children: Charles, Jr. and Jill; mother, Florence and siblings: Donald and Dorothy E. Heffron.
On August 20, 1965, Sergeant Eichhorst's star was retired by Superintendent Orlando W. Wilson and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the 4th floor Office of the Superintendent at Chicago Police Headquarters, 1121 South State Street. The Honored Star Case was later relocated to the lobby of Chicago Police Headquarters, 1121 South State Street. In 2000, Chicago Police Headquarters moved to a new facility at 3510 South Michigan Avenue, Sergeant Eichhorst's Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.
Patrolman William F. Ellfeldt
Probationary Patrolman William F. Ellfeldt, Star # Unknown, aged 41 years, was a 5 month, 27 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 7, 11th Precinct - Grand Crossing.
On May 9, 1890, Officer William Ellfeldt was on duty at the patrol barn when a pistol fell from his sergeant's coat pocket. The pistol discharged upon hitting the floor and the round struck Officer Ellfeldt in the abdomen. He succumbed to his injuries four days later on May 12, 1890 at his home in Grand Crossing.
The incident was ruled an accident and the sergeant was exonerated from all blame.
Officer Ellfeldt was laid to rest in Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Probationary Patrolman William F. Ellfeldt, born August 14, 1848, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 15, 1889.
Officer Ellfeldt was survived by his wife, Johanna (nee Helbrig) and son, John Carl.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
Patrolman Arthur F. Esau
Patrolman Arthur F. Esau, Star #4967, aged 32 years, was a 10 years, 3 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 38th District - Town Hall.
On April 27, 1928, at 10:05 p.m., Officer Esau was on duty in plain clothes when he entered a drug store, owned by Jack Terman, located at 3404 North Clark Street. He sensed that something was amiss after he noticed there was no clerk behind the counter. Two men, Charles Walz, age 18, and Anthony Greco, age 19, and two female accomplices, Dolly Kazor and Gertrude Pialkowski, had entered the store a few minutes prior and forced the clerk, Louis Terman, into a back room along with a customer, Jack Weber. They were in the process of robbing the store when Officer Esau inadvertently interrupted the holdup. As Officer Esau walked behind the counter, Terman attempted to resist as the robbers got as close to Officer Esau and fired before he could draw his weapon. Esau, mortally wounded, collapsed to the floor and the robbers fled the store, escaping in a waiting automobile. A pedestrian outside the store heard the gunfire and called for police. Sergeant Robert McComb and his squad responded to the scene and discovered Officer Esau dead at the scene.
The clerk and the customer were still bound and gagged. Further investigation of the scene led police to believe the same men had robbed Harry Reveille’s men’s clothing store located at 3152 North Lincoln Avenue earlier in the evening. The clerk and another customer at that store were also bound and gagged in the same fashion. It was also believed the robbers were responsible for two other robberies; the first taking place at the store of Harry Walburn located at 2739 North Clark Street and the second at a Southside store. This theory was developed after a hat stolen from Walburn’s store and a coat from the Southside store were left at the scene.
Anthony Grecco, Dolly Kazor, Gertrude Pialkowski and Charles Walz were arrested and calmly confessed to the murder as well as more than a score of other robberies. On May 10, 1928, the men were booked for murder and their accomplices, Dolly Kazor and Gertrude Piatrowski, were booked as accessories. On October 19, 1928, Greco and Walz were sentenced to death by Judge Miller to be carried out on December 14, 1928. Greco and Walz appealed their conviction staying the execution date, but their appeals were unsuccessful. On February 20, 1929, they were both executed in the electric chair at Cook County Jail. This was the first time this means of execution was employed in the State of Illinois. The cases against Kazor and Piatrowski were stricken off the record.
Officer Esau was waked at a chapel located at 2838 North Lincoln Avenue, his funeral mass was also held at the chapel and he was laid to rest on May 1, 1928 in Eden Cemetery, 9851 West Irving Park Road, Schiller Park, Illinois.
Patrolman Arthur F. Esau, born May 16, 1895, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 4, 1918. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career.
Officer Esau was survived by his wife; daughter, Janice; parents: Adeline (nee Schive) and Charles and siblings: Charles and Lenora.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
Patrolman David C. Evans
Patrolman David C. Evans, Star #9398, aged 39 years, was an 11 year, 0 month, 14 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 6th District - Gresham.
On August 25, 1997, at 12:20 a.m., Officer Evans and his partner, Patrolman Estella Johnson, age 33, were responding to fire department 10-1 call at 7933 South Vernon Avenue. While enroute to the scene the officer were heading eastbound on 79th Street when a pedestrian ran onto the overpass over the Dan Ryan Expressway in front of the squad car. Officer Johnson was driving and swerved to avoid hitting the pedestrian in the street . The squad car then swerved again to avoid a second group of pedestrians on the sidewalk. The car then struck a curb about 12 inches high causing the squad car to overturn and strike the guardrail and fencing next to the entrance to the Chicago Transit Authority's 79th Street Red Line station. The momentum of the squad car broke through guardrail and fencing and fell 25 feet onto the northbound lanes of the expressway, landing on its roof. Officer Johnson was transported to Christ Hospital and Medical Center with several broken bones and later recovered from her injuries. Officer Evans sustained serious injuries including cranialcerebrial and was also transported to Christ Hospital and Medical Center by CFD Ambulance #24 where he was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Barrett at 1:39 a.m. on August 25, 1997.
The incident began when paramedics were trying to treat a man with cuts to his wrist when the man became hostile and threatening. When the man heard paramedics call for police assistance, he began to run.
Officer Evans' was waked at Leak and Sons Funeral Home located at 7838 South Cottage Grove Avenue, his funeral mass was held at the Apostolic Church of God located at 6320 South Dorchester Avenue and he was laid to rest on August 28, 1997 in Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman David C. Evans, born May 11, 1958, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 11, 1986. He earned 15 Honorable Mentions during his career.
Officer Evans was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Micheline (nee King) and children: Brandon Willie B. King, age 12, Burgundy La'Shen King, age 15 and Ashlee Denise Evans, age 9.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #B535210.
On November 6, 1997, Officer Evans' star was retired by Superintendent Matt L. Rodriguez and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 1121 South State Street. In 2000, Chicago Police Headquarters moved to a new facility at 3510 South Michigan Avenue, Officer Evans' Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.