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.
Detective Roderick D. MacLeay
Detective Roderick D. MacLeay, Star #6519, aged 36 years, was a 4 year, 2 month, 5 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Detective Bureau.
On December 29, 1946, at 3:00 a.m., Detective MacLeay and his partners, Detectives Erwin C. Rach and Raymond T. O'Hara were transporting a prisoner, Earvlee Sullivan, during a snowstorm, to the Detective Bureau. As they were driving on the 2900 block of South State Street their squad car was struck head on by another car. That car was driven by John Trencan, age 24, who had been drinking for six hours before colliding with the detective's squad car. Trencan’s car had skidded on the icy pavement and veered into oncoming traffic striking the Detectives’ squad car. Detectives MacLeay and Rach were killed instantly, Detective O'Hara and Mr. Sullivan survived the crash.
John Trencan was heading home with two companions after celebrating the delivery of his new car with a six hour drinking spree at six different taverns. The widows of Detectives MacLeay and Rach filed lawsuits after the crash demanding $75,000 in damages from the taverns and $10,000 each from Trencan. In September of 1948 a settlement of $75,000.00 was reached. The widows of the two deceased detectives each received $24,000.00, Detective O'Hara received $24,000.00 and Sullivan received $3,000. The defendants in the suit included John Trencan and the six taverns: Club Mars, 11338 South Michigan Avenue; Club Rond-E-Voo, 100 West State Street, Calumet City; 8 Ball Tavern, 17249 South Halsted Street; Pink Poodle, 502 South State Street; Trocadero, 525 South State Street and Mildred's Tavern, 716 South State Street. The widows were able to sue the tavern owners under the Dram Shop Act which allows legal action against the seller of alcoholic beverages when an injury or death occurs as a result of intoxication.
Detective Macleay was waked at a chapel located at 7705 South Cottage Grove Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Francis de Paula Church located at 7822 South Dobson Avenue and he was laid to rest on January 2, 1947 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.
Detective Roderick D. MacLeay, born April 12, 1910, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 24, 1942. He earned 1 Credible Mention and 1 Extra Compensation for Meritorious Conduct totaling $120.00 during his career.
Detective Macleay was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association and the Holy Name Society. He was survived by his wife, Edna (nee Gnewuch); parents: Agnes and John J. and Siblings: Kathryn Murphy, Marcella Wilhelm and Richard J..
On February 20, 2008, Officer MacLeay'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.
Detective Edward Michael Madden
Detective Edward Michael Madden, Star #7711, aged 26 years, was a 3 year, 11 month, 4 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Field Services - Detective Division: Unit 066 - Area 6 Robbery Section.
On September 28, 1972, at 8:00 p.m., Detective Madden along with Sergeant John Coughlin and Investigator Leonard Muscolino were conducting surveillance on Gilbert Ziemba's residence located at 1464 West Olive Avenue. Earlier in the day, Ziemba had disarmed and stolen Patrolman Glenn Shurtleff's gun. While Detective Madden's unit was in the building, a second unit of three officers arrived including Detective Glenn Shurtleff. Each unit was unaware of the other's presence. Detective Madden had lowered his gun to the side of his leg, as he positioned himself on the second-floor landing. Meanwhile, Officer Shurtleff from the second unit entered the foyer below and saw a man holding a gun to the side of his leg. Detective Shurtleff's viewpoint of the second-floor landing was obstructed by the staircase and he shouted, "Police! Hold it, right there." Detective Madden, unaware of the second unit's arrival, turned to look and was accidentally shot in the back of his neck. Detective Madden was taken to Edgewater Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds four days later on October 2, 1972. The gunshot wound tore out part of Detective Madden's tongue, shattered his jaw and damaged his spine. Had he survived he would have been paralyzed from the neck down. Tragically, Officer Shurtleff shot and killed Detective Madden who was his childhood friend and who he had joined the force with.
The course of events began earlier in the day when Detective Shurtleff had gone to the Olive Avenue address to help serve a warrant in a routine case, the theft of a dump truck and a camper. Two other detectives had already arrived. The three detectives had observed a man, Gilbert Ziemba, in a 1967 Oldsmobile parked across the street. The two other detectives knew they were looking for a man with a harelip. Detective Shurtleff didn't know that. The other two detectives seeing that the man didn't have a harelip started toward the two-flat. Detective Shurtleff approached Ziemba in the car and asked to see his license. Ziemba immediately pulled a gun and lept from the car pushing the gun into Detective Shurtleff's stomach. The other two detectives, seeing what was going on, turned back when the Ziemba yelled "if you make one move, i'll shoot the son of a bitch!" Ziemba disarmed Detective Shurtleff and walked him down Olive Avenue to an alley a few yards east of Clark Street. Ziemba then shoved Detective Shurtleff violently and told him to "run!" Detective Shurtleff stumbled and Ziemba ran down the alley with the other two detectives in pursuit. Ziemba fled into the Star Hardware store and then into an adjoining butcher shop. Ziemba then made good his escape.
On November 30, 1972, a coroner's jury concluded that the shooting of Detective Madden by a fellow Chicago Police Officer was accidental. Gilbert Ziemba, age 31, an ex-convict on parole for armed robbery and wanted for five armed robbery warrants was arrested after a tipster recognized him in a bar.
Detective Madden was waked at M. J. Suerth Funeral Home located at 6754 North Nortwest Highway, his funeral mass was held at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church located at 1429 West Wellington Avenue and he was laid to rest on October 5, 1972 in St. Joseph Cemetery, 3100 North Thatcher Avenue, River Grove, Illinois.
Detective Edward Michael Madden, born December 30, 1945, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 28, 1968.
Detective Madden was survived by his girlfriend, Cindy Meredik; parents: Edward J. and Eleanor (nee Machi); siblings: Michael, Patrick, Mary, Jerry and Judith and grandparents: Alex Macht and Lena Macht.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department Burglary RD #M398167.
In January, 1973, Detective Madden's star was retired by Superintendent James B. Conlisk 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, Detective Madden's Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.
Patrolman Patrick Madden
Patrolman Patrick Madden, Star #3540, aged 54 years, was a 20 year, 0 month, 10 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 29th District - West Chicago.
On November 20, 1932, at 12:10 a.m., Officer Madden was on patrol with a fellow Auto Detail policeman when they received a radio report from headquarters. They responded to a report of shots fired on Walton Street near Holt Street (present day Greenview Avenue). All available men were ordered to respond to the call. Officer Madden and his fellow officers were there first to arrive on scene at 1451 West Walton Street. Upon arrival they observed a loud and unruly gathering, which they raided. One man was observed discarding a loaded revolver in a bedroom. Responding officers placed several men and women in custody. While Officer Madden was waiting outside the building to load the prisoners onto the wagon he was approached by a man who claimed the man who had fired some shots was hiding under a nearby porch. Officer Madden placed the patrol wagon in the charge of another officer and proceeded to investigate the man's claims.
Officer Madden was able to locate the individual hiding under a porch and pulled the man out from under the porch placing him under arrest. At the same time two officers, Patrolmen Vernon Johnson and Stanley Pabish, pulled up and asked Officer Madden if he needed assistance. Madden report that he had the man under control and would escort him back to the patrol wagon, but asked the officer to go to a patrol call box and report back to the stationhouse the events that had transpired. It was believed that the man hiding, Frank Bialek years, was a regular Saturday night drunk who, once placed in custody, would pose no threat. As a result, no one searched Bialek whom had a concealed revolver on his person.
As officer Madden was escorting Bialek to the patrol wagon, a second police car pulled up to the curb. Inside were Patrolmen Otto Buck and Roman Orzechowski who also asked of the situation. The officers in the first patrol car stated that Madden had the man under control, but Orzechowski exited the vehicle just to be certain. As Orzechowski approached he observed Bialek begin to struggle with Officer Madden in front of 1437 West Walton Street. Bialek broke free from Madden, who was able to regain control. Bialek then broke free a second time within a few seconds and drew his weapon. As Officer Orzechowski ran to assist he observed Bialek fire his weapon striking Officer Madden in the head, the bullet lodging in his skull. At less than ten feet away Orzechowski drew his weapon, but before he was able to return fire, Bialek turned and fired upon him striking him in the abdomen. Officer Orzechowski collapsed to the sidewalk. Other officers rushed to the scene and gave chase firing dozens of rounds at Bialek as he fled down an alley and made good his escape.
Officers canvased the area while others secured the crime scene. A coat was discovered that led them to identifying the identity of Bialek from an id card in the coat. Squads of policemen continued the canvas searching for the 24-year-old red headed Bialek. Officer Madden died on scene and Officer Orzechowski was transported to St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital where his condition was reported as grave. Officer Orzechowski would eventually recover from his wound.
Bialek was able to evade arrest for one month before his former girlfriend, Carrie Rachmacy, gave him up agreeing to help police lay a trap to capture him. On December 20, 1932, Bialek was taken into custody and was officially held by the Coroner for murder on December 20, 1932. In 1933 Bialek was sentenced to 99 years in Stateville Prison. Bialek was released on parole after serving approximately 23 years.
Officer Madden was laid to rest on November 23, 1932 in All Saints Catholic Cemetery, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois.
Patrolman Patrick Madden, born January 16, 1878, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 10, 1910.
Officer Madden was survived by his wife, Annie.
Patrolman Michael A. Madigan
Patrolman Michael A. Madigan, Star #5347, aged 28 years, was a 3 year, 7 month, 19 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 14 - Deering.
On June 5, 1926, at 5:10 p.m., Officer Madigan was working vice and liquor duty with his partner, Patrolman Michael Connaughton during the days of Prohibition. They were searching a “soft drink parlor” owned by James Beninato located at 2724 South Union Avenue for liquor. The officers were well acquainted with Beninato as he was a known bootlegger. As Officer Madigan was about to open a cupboard behind the bar, Beninato, pulled out a revolver and fired at Officer Madigan striking him twice in the head and once in the back. Officer Connaughton returned fire, wounding Beninato. Both Madigan and Beninato were taken to People’s Hospital located at Adams and Paulina Streets. Officer Madigan seriously wounded, suffered a shattered spinal cord from one of the bullets and he lingered in the hospital for 13 days before succumbing to his injuries on June 18, 1926.
Beninato, a father to ten children, later recovered from his gunshot wounds and was arrested. On June 18, 1926, he was held by the Coroner. On May 26, 1927 Beninato was acquitted by Judge Sullivan.
Officer Madigan was waked at his residence located at 4331 West 22nd Street, his funeral mass was held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church located at 2153 South Millard and he was laid to rest on June 21, 1926 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.
Patrolman Michael A. Madigan, born March 29, 1898, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 30, 1922. He earned 1 Credible Mention and 1 Extra Compensation for Meritorious Conduct totaling $300.00 during his career. Madigan had also won the Tribunes Hero Award.
Officer Madigan was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Mary (nee Snyder), age 19; father, Patrick and siblings: Anna Wilson, John, Mary Osterman and Nora. Michael and Mary had only been married for a few months. Mary was the sister of Patrolman Frank C. McGynn who was also killed in the line of duty on July 18, 1924. The two had met at McGynn’s funeral.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #8584.
Patrolman David Magee
Patrolman David Magee, Star # Unknown, aged 32 years, was a 5 year, 11 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Motorcycle Squadron.
On February 28, 1917, Officer Magee was found dead a few feet from his police motorcycle at 48th Street and Western Avenue. His motorcycle was severely damaged from an apparent traffic crash. It was believed by police that the car of Walter Pettus, age 28, of 4348 West 28th Street, a former employee in the Officer of the Clerk of the Superior Court, caused the death of Officer Magee. Police initiated a search for Pettus who gave himself up to police but denied any knowledge of Officer Magee's death. Pettus auto was found in a garage at 48th Street and Western Avenue with a smashed and scratched fender / mudguard. Three men, one of who said Pettus was the owner took the car to the garage in the early morning hours. A check on the vehicles license tag showed it being registered to Pettus. It is unknown if Pettus was ever held responsible for the crash.
Officer Magee was waked at his residence located at 6810 South Throop Street, his funeral mass was held at Evergreen Cemetery and he was laid to rest on March 4, 1917 in Evergreen Cemetery, 3401 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.
Patrolman David Magee, born February 22, 1885, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 11, 1911.
Officer Magee was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association, a Master Mason and a member of Richard Cole Lodge No. 697 AF&AM. He was survived by his parents: Agnes (nee Thompson) and John Edward, Sr. and siblings: John Edward, Jr., Mary A. McCreedy, Mrs. John McGradle, Philip B., Richard T. and William Officer.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
Patrolman Albert George Magoon
Patrolman Albert George Magoon, Star # Unknown, aged 33 years, was a 6 year, 2 month, 28 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 37th District – Sheffield Automobile Detail.
On December 12, 1932, at 6:10 p.m., Officer Magoon while off duty in civilian clothes stopped into a soft drink parlor owned by Jerry Mass located at 2908 North Halsted Street, 2nd Floor. He stopped in to visit with Moss, his friend, after he finished his shift. Upon entering the establishment he observed two men yelling profanities at Mass for not using their product. The two men were there posing as agents of the alcohol syndicate. Mass told them that he couldn’t use a gallon a week. It was at this time that Officer Magoon stepped in and said, “Get on out with your talk about syndicates. The Mayor said there’s no more syndicates.” Hearing this one of the men went outside and came back in with a third man. Seeing the third guy come in, Officer Magoon ordered the man to take his hand out of his pocket, suspecting he may have a gun. This precipitated a fight and the man drew a weapon and fired at Officer Magoon. Officer Magoon was struck and mortally wounded, dying shortly thereafter. The three bandits then fled the establishment, getting into a car and making good their escape.
The same night, five men were arrested in connection with the shooting. One of them was Paul Nelson of 912 West Dakin Street, who was said to be the head of the liquor ring and was known to have recently quarreled with Mass.
Officer Magoon was laid to rest on December 16, 1932 in All Saints Catholic Cemetery, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois. His grave is located in Section 6, Block 23, Lot N15, Grave 2.
Patrolman Albert George Magoon, born February 22, 1899, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 14, 1926.
Officer Magoon was survived by his wife, Estelle.
Sergeant Michael F. Maguire
Sergeant Michael F. Maguire, Star #1414, aged 45 years, was a 15 year, 6 month, 23 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services - Criminal Investigation Division: Unit 636 - Area 6 General Assignment Section.
On January 24, 1973, at 9:00 p.m., Sergeant Maguire was found in the parking lot of Martha Washington Hospital located at 2319 West Belle Plaine Avenue in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound through his head. Sergeant Maguire's .38 caliber service revolver was found nearby and his police star was found under his body. Evidence of powder burns was found and no one was observed fleeing the scene. Sergeant Maguire was transported to Ravenswood Hospital for neurosurgery, but was pronounced dead before he could have the surgery.
Prior to being found Sergeant Maguire had left his office at Area 6 Headquarters, 3801 North Damen Avenue, for dinner at 8:00 p.m. He was seen in a restaurant about three blocks away and apparently had walked to the hospital. It was a mystery to investigators as to why the sergeant was at the hospital and why his badge was out and why he only had 31 cents in his pockets. It was initially thought that the sergeant may have committed suicide and a look into the sergeant's background revealed no obvious reason he would commit suicide. Per a hospital security guard he heard three shots at 9:00 p.m. and went to investigate and found Sergeant Maguire lying in the parking lot. A ladder was also found leaning against the hospital building. It led to an open window of the records storage room, which also had a safe inside. Per the hospital administrator nothing inside the room had been disturbed. A separate witness also said that they saw a man running on the hospital grounds at the time of the shooting. Investigators were unable to locate the man. The circumstances surrounding Sergeant Maguire's death remains a mystery.
Sergeant Maguire was waked at Cooney Funeral Home located at 3918 West Irving Park Road, his funeral mass was held at St. Juliana Catholic Church located at 7200 North Osceola Avenue and he was laid to rest on January 29, 1973 in All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois.
Sergeant Michael F. Maguire, born December 10, 1927, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 1, 1957. In December 1965, he was promoted to sergeant.
Sergeant Maguire was a member of the Chicago Police Sergeant's Association, Illinois Police Association, St. Jude Police League and the Shamrock American Club. He was survived by his wife, Helen (nee Murphy) and children: Eileen, age 10, Kathleen, age 13, and Michael, Jr., age 9.
Park Policeman John F. Maher
Park Policeman John F. Maher, Star #215, aged 35 years, was a 15 year veteran of the South Park Police Department, assigned to the Motorcycle Division.
On October 6, 1916, at 5:30 p.m., Officer Maher was on motorcycle patrol, his primary responsibility was to enforce traffic rules and regulations. Officer Maher was in pursuit of a speeding vehicle on his police motorcycle. The officer was traveling between 40 mph and 50 mph when he struck a vehicle at 37th Street and Michigan Avenue. Officer Maher was thrown from his motorcycle and sustained severe internal injuries. The driver of the auto, Mrs. Modie J. Spiegelman, wife of the Treasurer of Spiegel Home Furnishing Company, was uninjured. Her auto was severely damaged in the crash and Officer Maher’s police motorcycle was almost completely wrecked. He was transported to Mercy Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries in the early morning hours on October 7, 1916.
Officer Maher was laid to rest on October 10, 1916 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Park Policeman John F. Maher, born in 1882, received his Probationary Appointment to the South Park Police Department in 1901.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
The South Park Police Department, in the City of Chicago, was disbanded on April 30, 1934. On May 1, 1934, the remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Park District Police Department, which was organized on the same date. Three park district police departments, Lincoln, West, and South were consolidated into the Chicago Park District Police Department. Fallen officers of the South Park Police Department are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers. Their stars are displayed in the Honored Star Case located in the lobby of the Chicago Police Department at 3510 South Michigan Avenue.
Sergeant Philip Maher
Sergeant Philip Maher, Star # Unknown, aged 42 years, was a 9 year, 5 month, 27 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 15, 25th Precinct - Lawndale.
On February 27, 1904, Sergeant Maher was investigating the death of Patrolman John Lucasey who was found dead on February 16, 1904 in the Union Traction Company's Lawndale Car Barn located at 12th Street and 40th Avenue (present day Pulaski Road). Sergeant Maher, Inspector John T. Long and another man were at the car barn when it exploded due to a gas leak. The explosion fatally wounded Sergeant Maher and Long, it is unknown if the third man was injured. Inspector Long would die from his injuries two days later on February 29, 1904. Sergeant Maher was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital where he would die from his injuries fourteen days later on March 12, 1904.
The Coroner’s Jury in the Lucasey and Long cases found that the Union Traction Company had failed to comply with building ordinances.
Sergeant Philip Maher, born in 1862, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 15, 1894.
Sergeant Maher was waked at his residence located at No. 583 South Kedzie Avenue (present day 1236 South Kedzie Avenue), his funeral mass was held at St. Agatha's Catholic Church located at 3147 West Douglas Boulevard and he was laid to rest on March 15, 1904 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.
Sergeant Maher was survived by his wife, Kate (nee Devlin); children: Francis J. and John M..
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
Patrolman Thomas J. Mahoney
Patrolman Thomas J. Mahoney, Star #965, aged 56 years, was a 24 year, 11 month, 10 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 13, 7th Precinct - Deering.
On December 31, 1914, Officer Mahoney was on patrol when he was struck and killed by a car driven by Samuel Anderson. He was preparing to use a patrol box to give his report to the Deering Police Station when the auto struck him. Officer Mahoney died from his injuries the next day on January 1, 1915.
Officer Mahoney was waked at his residence located at 857 West 50th Street and he was laid to rest on January 4, 1915 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Thomas J. Mahoney, born June 22, 1859, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 22, 1890.
Officer Mahoney was survived by his wife.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
On March 2, 2010, Officer Mahoney'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 Timothy Mahoney
Patrolman Timothy Mahoney, Star #230, aged 40 years, was an 11 year, 8 month veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 2nd Precinct - Deering Street Station.
On June 12, 1881, at approximately 11:00 p.m., masked burglars had entered the house of Mr. Richard Jones, at No. 3815 Emerald Avenue. They had proceeded to search the house, when the family was awakened by the noise made and gave some alarm. Seeing that their presence in the house was discovered, the burglars pointed revolvers at Mr. Jones, and threatening to shoot, compelled him to remain quiet. Extinguishing the lamp, they then left the house without having secured any plunder.
Jones hastily followed in the direction they had taken, and meeting Officer Mahoney at the corner of 38th and Halsted streets, informed him of what happened. The officer asked a few questions regarding the description of the parties which were briefly answered by Jones, and then remarking that such persons had just passed him going North, Officer Mahoney ran after them calling upon Jones to follow. It appears that he overtook them at the next corner, 37th Street, for Mr. Jones, who was about half a block behind, saw him distinctly struggling with them at that point, as the streets were frequently illuminated by the flashes of lightning which prevailed on that rainy night. Just as the officer caught up with the burglars there was a sharp scuffle, then three shots were fired in quick succession, and Officer Mahoney fell to the ground with the exclamation that he was shot, and the murderers ran off in the darkness. Upon the arrival of citizens who had been attracted by the noise of the shooting, they found Officer Mahoney stretched on the sidewalk in the last agonies of death, and unable to give any information regarding the murder. Beside him laid a nickel-plated brace which he evidently had wrenched from the hands of his murderers in the deadly struggle, and this was the only clue that remained, for Jones view of the murderers was indistinct on account of their having been masked while in his house. The body was conveyed to Deering Street Station, and subsequently to his late residence, 283 West 15th Street. The fatal bullet entered Mahoney's breast above the heart and severed an artery, causing his death by internal hemorrhage.
William Elliott was later identified as one of the burglars. He was arrested and later discharged.
Officer Mahoney was waked at his residence located at No. 283 West 15th Street (present day 1026 West 15th Street, his funeral mass was held at Holy Family Church and he was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois.
Patrolman Timothy Mahoney, born in 1841, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department in October, 1869.Officer Mahoney was a member of Division No. 7, The Ancient Order of Hibernians. He was survived by his wife and daughter, age 14.
Having left a wife and a daughter in destitute circumstances, Officer Mahoney was not a member of either of the Benevolent Associations; they could obtain no relief from that source. However, in view of the sad circumstances of his death, a generous public soon raised, by voluntary subscription, a sum sufficient to relieve the wants of the wife and daughter, upwards of $5,000 having been collected, which was invested in a homestead for their benefit by the committee having charge of the fund.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #2797.
Patrolman Henry A. Mandleco
Patrolman Henry A. Mandleco, Star #1403, aged 30 years, was a 1 year, 11 month, 16 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 9, 12th Precinct - Gresham.
On April 23, 1919, at 2:05 a.m., Officer Mandleco was on foot patrol on South Halsted Street, between 102nd and 103rd Streets. He had just made his last report at the patrol box and was walking with Elmer B. Munns of 1308 West 103rd Street, a druggist, having a conversation. Officer Mandleco then observed two suspicious men, Joseph Boshart and Peter Scapher, driving in an automobile, containing two crates of stolen chickens, on 102nd Street. Officer Mandleco stepped off the sidewalk onto the street while Mr. Munns watched from the sidewalk. Intending to stop the auto for questioning, he stepped into the intersection at 102nd and Halsted Streets, and ordered the men to halt. The auto showed no signs of stopping and in response Officer Mandleco raised his weapon and prepared to fire. Before he could fire, Joseph Boshart, a passenger in the car opened fire from the moving vehicle. Boshart fired one shot, which struck Officer Mandleco in the chest and penetrating it. Mandleco collapsed to the pavement as the vehicle swerved around him and turned onto northbound Halsted Street speeding off into the night making good their escape. Mr. Munns, seeing what had just happened, left his place on the sidewalk and ran over to Officer Mandleco. He picked up the officer’s gun and fired at the fleeing auto, unloading the revolver. Officer Mandleco died on the scene.
On May 2, 1919, Joseph Boshart was arrested and held to the Grand Jury by the Coroner. Peter Scapher, alias Schafer, his accomplice, was also ordered held by the Coroner and was later arrested. On October 17, 1919, Boshart was sentenced to life in the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet by Judge Hebel. On May 4, 1920, Peter Scapher's case was stricken off the record by Judge Brentano.
Officer Mandleco was waked at his residence located at 9973 South Throop Street and was laid to rest on April 25, 1919 in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, 2900 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Henry A. Mandleco, born November 6, 1888, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 7, 1917.
Officer Mandleco was survived by his wife; parents: Henry C. (CPD) and Katherine (nee Moeller) and brother (CPD).
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #4512.
Patrolman Maurice Marcusson
Patrolman Maurice Marcusson, Star #1865, aged 32 years, was a 4 year, 6 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 11th District - Burnside, detailed to the Bureau of Identification.
On January 20, 1933, at 4:45 p.m., Officer Marcusson, while off duty, was inside the Market Loan Company on the 9th floor of the McNeil Building located at 323 West Jackson Boulevard when he was approached by a porter, Polexaphan Irving. The porter stated that the building's elevator engineer, Frank Sablick, suspicion was aroused by three suspicious men who were in the corridor. Officer Marcusson left the loan office to investigate and approached the men announcing his office. As he began to question them, the three offenders drew their revolvers and began firing. Officer Marcusson, prior to approaching the men, had his weapon at the ready and was able to return fire. Officer Marcusson while mortally wounded was able to wound one offender, Tony Rocco, age 24, who was apprehended by Patrolman Daniel Kenney as he tried to flee south bound on Market Street (present day Orleans Street) from Jackson Boulevard. Recovered from the pocket of Rocco was a revolver with five spent rounds in the cylinder. The two other offenders were able to make good their escape. Rocco was transported to the station and was interrogated by Captain Willard Malone and confessed to the attempted robbery of the Market Loan Company and shooting at Officer Marcusson, but he refused to name his accomplices. Several witnesses also identified Rocco as one of the men who shot at Officer Marcusson time, Rocco became angered that he was taking the fall for the crime; he gave up his accomplices' names. Rocco named George Chevas as the driver and two other men he only knew as Basile and Paul. At the same time, he recanted his story that he shot at Officer Marcusson.
Officer Marcusson was transported to St. Luke Hospital and clung to life for three days before succumbing to his injuries on January 23, 1933. Rocco was shot twice, once in his left thigh and once in his left side eventually recovering in the Bridewell Hospital.
On January 31, 1933, Tony Rocco was indicted along with Basile. On September 22, 1933, Rocco was sentenced by Judge Charles Molthrop to 199 years in the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet for the murder of Officer Marcusson. On October 14, 1933, Basile was sentenced to life in prison in the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet for his role in the crime. George Chevas was also arrested and stood trial being found not guilty on October 14, 1932. There is no record of Paul ever being found or tried for the murder of Officer Marcusson.
Officer Marcusson was waked at a chapel located at 7206 South Stony Island Avenue and he was laid to rest on January 25, 1933 in Waldheim Cemetery, 1400 Des Plaines Avenue, Forest Park, Illinois. His grave is located in the Temple Judea Section, Gate 90, Lot 756, Row 7, Grave 3.
Patrolman Maurice Marcusson, born October 26, 1900, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 6, 1928.
Officer Marcusson was survived by his wife, Wilma (nee Bobbe); children: Clarice, age 10 months and Nat; mother, Lena (nee Rothenberg) and siblings: Albert, Bertha, Charles, Ella Distillman, Esther Lavin and Ray Lynn.
Police Officer Eduardo “Lalo” Marmolejo
Incident Details:Police Officer Eduardo "Lalo" Marmolejo, Star #10101, aged 36 years, was a 2 year, 7 month, 22 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 5th District – Calumet. On December 17, 2018, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Officer Marmolejo and his partner, Police Officer Gary Conrad #12003, were working beat 505. They responded to a ShotSpotter alert of shots fired at 101st Street and Dauphin Avenue. While investigating the shots fired alert the officers encountered Edward R. Brown, aged 24 years, whom had fired the shots detected by ShotSpotter holding a gun. Brown began to flee southbound on Dauphin Avenue and the officers gave chase. The foot pursuit continued up a train embankment located at 103rd Street and Dauphin Avenue where the offender crossed the tracks heading towards Cottage Grove Avenue. Still in pursuit the officers began to cross the tracks. While standing on the southbound tracks, the officers observed a northbound train approaching and waited for it to pass before crossing the tracks. Preoccupied with the foot pursuit, the officers were unaware of an approaching southbound Metra train, No. 119, which had left the Millennium Station at 5:58 pm. Unaware that the southbound train was bearing down on them the officers most likely contributed the sound from it to the passing northbound train. Shortly after the northbound train passed they were struck from behind by the southbound train. It is estimated that the train was traveling at 60-65 miles per hour at the time of the incident. Both officers died on the scene and were both transported to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, located at 2121 West Harrison Street, by CFD Ambulance #'s 5 and 60. Brown was apprehended a short while later by other responding officers and placed into custody. Brown's gun was also recovered near the scene where the officers were struck. On December 19, 2018, Brown was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Reckless Discharge of a Firearm - Endangerment. Officer Marmolejo was waked at Blake Lamb Funeral Home located at 4727 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, Illinois, his funeral mass was held at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel located at 7740 South Western Avenue and he was laid to rest on December 22, 2018 in Bethania Cemetery, 7701 South Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois. Police Officer Eduardo "Lalo" Marmolejo, born October 29, 1982, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on April 25, 2016 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 1 Special Honorable Mention (posthumously), 1 Department Commendation, 4 Honorable Mentions and 1 Emblem of Recognition for Physical Fitness during his career. Officer Marmolejo was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Maria (nee Perez); daughters: Madalyn, Rebeca and Sofia; parents: Manuel and Rebeca (nee Richarte); siblings: Angelica, Lorena, Luis and Rogelio. Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #JB557558.
On August 13, 2019, Officer Marmolejo's star was retired by Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.
Sergeant Edward W. Marpool
Sergeant Edward W. Marpool, Star #618, aged 55 years, was a 23 year, 11 month, 11 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 20, 25th Precinct - Shakespeare.
On October 26, 1920, at 1:15 a.m., Sergeant Marpool responded to a complaint, which had come into the station, made by Dave Pluzinski, ownwer of a saloon located at 2200 North Western Avenue. Pluzinski stated that two men with guns were acting suspiciously in the area of the saloon. He had just finished handing out assignments to his officer and decided to go investigate the complaint. He jumped on the patrol wagon driven by Patrolman Tom Kileen along with Patrolmen Bergerson and Creighton. While searching the area, the patrol wagon came to a stop at Frankfort Street (present day Charleston Street) and Western Avenue, a block away from the saloon, and extinguished its lights. Sergeant Marpool began to walk along Western Avenue on one side of the street, with Officer Creighton at his heels, while Officer Bergerson walked the other. As they approached Custer Street (present day Shakespeare Avenue) he observed two suspicious men, John Kristoveck and James Morrison, in the company of two female companions in the east alley of Western Avenue. Sergeant Marpool approached in the shadows moving closer to investigate when one of the men, Kristoveck, caught a glimpse of him. As Marpool rounded the corner, the streetlight reflected off of his star and brass buttons making his presence known. According to news reports, one of the female companions cried out just before the shooting saying, “Don’t shoot Harr,” but her words were unheeded. Seeing the Sergeant, Kristoveck drew his gun and fired once as Marpool stood only a few feet from him. Sergeant Marpool was hit and collapsed to the ground mortally wounded saying, “I’m gone, don’t tell my wife.” Officer Bergerson, from across the street, returned fire along with Officer Creighton as the gunman and his accomplices all fled on foot. Sergeant Marpool was rushed to Alexian Brothers Hospital. However, the officers efforts were in vain as he succumbed to his wounds enroute to the hospital.
After the shooting, over 300 officers cordoned off a section of the city while searching for the suspects. Captain P. J. Harding and Lieutenant Timothy Cullinan responded with all available men from the Shakespeare Avenue station in addition to the homicide squad, men from the Detective Bureau, detectives from adjoining precincts and many of the police reserve officers. The manhunt was on and all suspicious men were stopped. At Cromwell Street (present day Washtenaw Avenue) near Milwaukee Avenue two suspicious men refused to stop. A gun battle ensued and police fired a dozen shots with two rounds fired by the men as the fled into an alley. The men were then cornered in the vicinity of Coyne Street (present day Belden Avenue) and Cromwell Street (present day Washtenaw Avenue). Meanwhile other officers went back to the saloon to interview Mr. Pluzinski. He provided a clue to the identity of the offenders. A new velour hat was also found nearby which also provided a clue to the men’s identity. The men were able to get away once again and engaged police in four different shootouts that night. At 4:30 a.m., Kristoveck, still armed, was located and surrounded in a vacant lot at Milwaukee and California Avenues, and was shot to death when he resisted arrest. On September 12, 1921, the second man, James Morrison, was identified and was located in an Atlanta, Georgia Federal Penitentiary. He was serving a sentence for Burglary related to a U.S. Post Office hold-up. Morrison died January 5, 1938 while a resident at the U.S. Hospital for Defective Delinquents, in Springfield, Missouri.
John Kristovek was also tentatively identified as one of two gunman who murdered Detective Sergeants George C. Burns and Bernard J. Lenehan on October 3, 1919.
Sergeant Marpool was waked at his residence located at 4834 West Iowa Street and he was laid to rest on October 28, 1920 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.
Sergeant Edward W. Marpool, born December 2, 1864, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 15, 1892. On March 14, 1898, he was given a Civil Service promotion. On February 1, 1901, he was promoted to 2nd Class Detective Sergeant. On April 1, 1914, he was promoted to 1st Class Detective Sergeant, his title being officially changed to Senior Detective Sergeant by order of the city council on January 11, 1915. On Mar 1, 1917, he was reduced to 2nd Class Detective Sergeant and restored to Sergeant.
Sergeant Marpool was a member of the Chicago Policemen’s Benevolent Association and the Henry W. Longfellow Council No. 708 Royal Arcanum. He was survived by his wife, Lillian; son, Raymond E. and stepdaughter, Bernice Heins.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #4551.
Patrolman Donald Joseph Marquez Sr.
Patrolman Donald Joseph Marquez, Sr., Star #8620, aged 47 years, was a 20 year, 1 month, 16 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 16th District - Jefferson Park and detailed to the Bureau of Operational Services: Unit 543 - Detached Services / City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office.
On March 18, 2002, at 10:02 p.m., Officer Marquez and his partner, Patrolman Anthony Mejia, age 38, were on duty and tasked with serving arrest warrants for housing violations. The officers attempted to serve and arrest warrant on, Henry A. Wolk, age 77, who lived at 2451 North Avers Avenue. Wolk had 29 building code violations associated with his two story brown brick residence and was ordered to appear in housing court. He had been issued prior citations and had failed to appear in Housing Court six times to address the violations. In January of 2002, a Housing Court judge signed an order authorizing police to take Wolk into custody. Officer Marquez and his partner, wearing civilian clothes, arrived at Wolk's doorstep. An upstairs neighbor agreed to help the officers persuade Wolk to open his door. The officers and the neighbor spoke to Wolk through the door for 10 minutes, but the conversation was "one-way." After many failed attempts, Officer Marquez along with other officers battered down the front door of the apartment. Wolk fired through the doorway the moment the door crashed down striking Marquez twice with a .22 caliber pistol. Marquez was not wearing his bulletproof vest. Marquez's partner and Wolk's neighbor ran up the stairs for cover after the initial gunshots. Wolk engaged officers in a shoot out for 10 minutes, which blocked them from immediately reaching and rescuing Marquez. Several backup officers arrived shortly afterward and Officer John Forte was able to reach the fallen officer and pull him out of the line of fire during the shootout. Officer Marquez was then carried to a waiting ambulance. He was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center by CFD Ambulance #52 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Maltz at 12:25 a.m. on March 19, 2002. Wolk, who was holed up in his kitchen during the shootout, was shot to death by police. He was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital by CFD Ambulance #10 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Grossman at 11:32 p.m. on March 18, 2002.
Officer Marquez was waked at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home located at 6150 North Cicero Avenue, his funeral mass was held at The Moody Church located at 1635 North LaSalle Street and he was laid to rest on March 22, 2002 in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 7201 Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois.
Patrolman Donald Joseph Marquez, Sr., born April 10, 1954, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department in February 1, 1982. He earned 3 Department Commendations, 1 Unit Meritorious Award, 25 Honorable Mentions and 3 Complimentary letters during his career. Officer Marquez had previously served as a gang crimes investigator, a tactical officer in a unit nicknamed "The Wild Bunch," worked in the mass transit unit before he was detailed to the city's Law Department, where he served subpoenas.
Officer Marquez was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Latin American Police Association. He was survived by his wife, Maria C. (nee Tijerina), age 48; children: Alana Michelle, age 17, Carla Marie, age 19, Donald Joseph, Jr., age 13, Maria Delia, age 28 and Vincent Joseph, age 22; grandchildren; parents: Daniel and Mary and siblings: Daniel, David, Dean, Dee and Donna.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #HH251081.
On June 20, 2002, Officer Marquez's star was retired by Superintendent Terry G. Hillard and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.
On August 30, 2007, In memory of his heroic efforts the brand new Donald J. Marquez Charter School located at 2916 West 47th Street was named in his honor and officially opened.
Patrolman William Charles Marsek
Patrolman William Charles Marsek, Star #14086, aged 28 years, was a 4 year, 11 month, 24 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services - Patrol Division: Unit 056 - Area 6 Special Operations Group.
On February 27, 1974, at 8:15 p.m., Patrolmen Bruce Norman Garrison and William Charles Marsek were working the third watch on beat 6653. They were participating in a manhunt for Jacob Paul Cohen, alias Paul Robson, age 30, of 5317 North Wayne, who was wanted for an earlier escape after he was arrested for murder. They observed Cohen emerge from Raven's Pub located at 1818 West Foster Avenue. Cohen walked to his car and then after seeing the officers reentered the tavern. As Officers Garrison and Marsek investigated, they noticed a sawed-off shotgun near the man's car. When the officers entered the tavern looking for Cohen they could not see him because of the poor lighting. As the officers moved further inside, the located Cohen and a struggle ensued. Shots were fired by Cohen. A 10-1 was called and units responded from the 20th District. Officers Garrison and Marsek were both shot in the head and Officer Marsek was also shot in the shoulder and abdomen. Cohen fled out the front door of the tavern and a manhunt ensued. Information was received that Cohen fled in a "beat up" 1964 Rambler, but it was not certain whether he fled in a car or on foot. Police were seen searching the bushes with flashlights in the 5100 block of North Leavitt Avenue and in Winnemac Park. The gunman made good his escape. Officer Garrison's .38 caliber revolver was missing and it was believed that Cohen had gained control of the revolver during the struggle and shot both officers with it. Officers Garrison was transported to Ravenswood Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:20 p.m. on February 27, 1974. Officer Marsek was transported to Edgewater Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:20 p.m. on February 27, 1974.
Jacob Cohen fled to Wisconsin and had told a close female friend his new address and alias he was using to hide out. That friend quickly passed the information on to another male friend and unwittingly betrayed Cohen's trust. Unbeknownst to the female, the male friend was a close friend with Sergeant Thomas Kelly of the Robbery Unit. Sergeant Kelly then relayed the information to Sergeant Rocco Rinaldi of the Homicide Unit. On March 4, 1974, Sergeant Rinaldi alerted the FBI in Milwaukee. Surveillance was set up on Cohen while the two sergeants sped up to Milwaukee to make the arrest. However, Cohen detected the FBI surveillance and shot his way out of the building wounding Agent Richard Carr. Cohen took refuge in a nearby house and took four children hostage and used one as a shield from bullets while demanding a getaway car. When the child broke free Milwaukee Police and Federal Agents opened fire and Cohen was killed in a hail of gunfire. Cohen sustained 16 gunshot wounds.
Officer Marsek was waked at Liddy Brothers Chapel located at 4920 – 4924 West Irving Park Road, his funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Victory Church located at 5212 West Agatite Avenue and he was laid to rest on March 4, 1974 in Maryhill Catholic Cemetery, 8600 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois.
Patrolman William Charles Marsek, born July 27, 1945, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 3, 1969. He earned 8 commendations during his career.
Officer Marsek served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was Honorably Discharged. He was a member of the Confederation of Police and the St. Jude Police League. Officer Marsek was survived by his mother: Ellen T. Vachula (nee Patteon) and brother, Charles W. Marsh
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #P083417.
On May 21, 1998, Officer Marsek's star was retired by Superintendent Terry G. Hillard 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 Marsek's Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.
Sergeant Clifford W. Martin
Sergeant Clifford W. Martin, Star #1456, aged 50 years, was a 25 year, 3 month, 7 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Office of Operations, Bureau of Detectives, Unit 610 - Bureau of Detectives - Area Central.
On March 22, 2020, Sergeant Martin was placed on the “Medical Roll“ after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. He was eventually hospitalized at the University of Chicago Hospital. He would later succumb to the illness on April 10, 2020. Sergeant Martin was the second Chicago Police Officer to die in the line of duty from COVID-19.
Sergeant Clifford W. Martin, born June 4, 1963, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on January 3, 1995 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. On February 16, 2014, he was promoted to Sergeant. He earned 1 Police Officer of the Month Award, 9 Department Commendations, 2 Joint Operations Awards, 5 Attendance Recognition Awards, The 2019 Crime Reduction Award, The 2009 Crime Reduction Award, The 2004 Crime Reduction Award, the NATO Summit Service Award, 1 Democratic Convention Service Award, 7 Honorable Mentions, 1 Physical Fitness Award and 8 Complimentary Letters during his career.
Sergeant Martin was a member of the Police Benevolent & Protective Association. He was survived by his wife, Robin R. and three children: Clifford W. Martin, Jr. (CPD)
Patrolman Johnny Lewis Martin
Patrolman Johnny Lewis Martin, Star #16576, aged 31 years, was a 3 year, 11 month, 14 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 13th District - Wood.
On June 28, 1990, Officer Martin was off duty and in his home located at 3228 North Wilton Avenue when his neighbor, Roberto Pizzaro, had an altercation with a known thief. Pizzaro confronted Lionel Myles, age 32, for tampering with his vehicle and warned him he was going to get a policeman. Myles was known in the neighborhood for breaking into cars and stealing items from them. The neighbor then went to Officer Martin's apartment and asked for his help. By the time the two went back outside to the alley, Myles had left the scene and went to his Lakeview home where he retrieved a handgun. He returned to the scene and found Officer Martin and Pizzaro discussing the incident in the gangway of their building. Myles rode his green 10-speed bicycle to where the two men were standing, pressed his gun against Officer Martin's chest and fired one fatal shot striking him in the heart. Officer Martin was able to return fire with his off duty weapon before collapsing. Immediately Pizzaro ran for help and Myles fled the scene on his bicycle. Responding officers found Officer Martin at the rear of the apartment building lying on a concrete walk. He was beneath the L tracks near the Belmont station on the CTA's Red Line. Officer Martin was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital by CFD Ambulance #43 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Jacobs at 9:01 p.m. on June 28, 1990. A .32 caliber handgun was recovered several blocks from the crime scene. It was located in a garbage can after a witness told detectives that he gave the gun to Myles who then disposed of it in the garbage after the shooting.
Myles was apprehended in his apartment located at 3311 North Sheffield Avenue and admitted to the shooting. He stated that he didn't know Martin was a police officer and only shot him in self-defense. In January, 1991, Lionel Myles was found guilty of 1st degree murder. On April 9, 1991, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison. On September 28, 2007, he was released from prison on parole.
Officer Martin was waked at Smith-Corcoran funeral home located at 6150 North Cicero Avenue, his funeral mass was held at The People's Church of Chicago located at 941 West Lawrence Avenue and he was laid to rest on July 6, 1990 in Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Johnny Lewis Martin, born January 17, 1989, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 14, 1986. He earned 1 Department Commendation and 17 Honorable Mentions during his career.
Officer Martin served in the U.S. Marine Corps from October 27, 1976 thru May 4, 1979 and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Lance Corporal. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Officer Martin was survived by his mother, Alice Jean (nee Stewart); step-father, Joohn Perkins and siblings: Deborah, Francine, Joan, Michael, Pam, Ronald and Sharon.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #N294860.
On September 28, 1990, Officer Martin's star was retired by Superintendent LeRoy Martin 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 Martin's Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.
Detective Raymond E. Martin
Detective Raymond E. Martin, Star #2313, aged 33 years, was a 6 year, 6 month, 19 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 31st District - Cragin, detailed to the Bomb Squad.
On May 15, 1929, at 4:50 p.m., Detective Martin was acting as a decoy in the David Blumenthal kidnapping plot. Detective Martin’s assignment was to stand in as Moses Blumenthal, an x-ray technician, the brother of kidnap victim Philip Blumenthal, and make a ransom payment of $15,000.00. Detective Martin had an uncanny resemblance to Moses Blumenthal and even wore a sling to mirror Moses who had recently been injured. Unfortunately, his disguise was not enough to fool the kidnappers. The events leading to Detective Martin’s murder are as follow.
Philip Blumenthal was a former bootlegger who became very successful in real estate. The kidnappers had demanded $30,000.00 in ransom. In order to secure Philip’s safe release, a $15,000.00 down payment was made by Henry Finkelstein, who was a surviving member of the Bugs Moran gang. After two days of confinement and with the down payment made Philip was released with the promise that the rest of the ransom would be delivered. It was at this time the crime was reported to the police who then formulated the ruse to apprehend the kidnappers. With Detective Martin recruited to play Moses, police waited with the Blumenthal’s for further instructions from the kidnappers on where to deliver the rest of the ransom.
The kidnappers contacted the Blumenthal’s and gave them further instructions. With Detective Martin in his disguise along with Lieutenant George Baker of the Bomb Squad and three other officers took their positions. The Lieutenant and three officers took concealed positions close by to observe and aide Martin if needed. It was 4:50 p.m., on the northeast corner of Laramie Avenue and Van Buren Street when the five kidnappers pulled up. The kidnappers penetrated his disguise and when the ruse was detected opened fire. Martin returned fire; exchanging gunfire with the kidnappers they ran to their car. Martin continued to fire as he collapsed to the ground. The other officer’s emerged at the sound of the first gunshot and returned fire along with Martin. The bandits, unfortunately, escaped unscathed with the $15,000.00 ransom and made good their escape. Detective Martin was rushed to Francis Willard Hospital where he died a short time later.
Fred Fisher, David Miller, Martin O'Leary, Pasquale Paldo and Ernest Rossi, all well known gangsters, were identified as suspects in the shooting. On May 29, 1929, messages for their arrest were broadcast. On May 19, 1929, Pasquale Paldo was arrested and on May 23, 1929 was held by the Coroner to the Grand Jury. On July 2, 1929, the case against Paldo was dismissed with prejudice by Judge Jonas. On August 22, 1929, Fisher and Miller were murdered during a quarrel in a gambling house in Ludlow, Kentucky. On July 16, 1933, O'Leary was arrested at a Cicero, Illinois hotel, former stronghold of Al Capone. Rossi is still at large.
Detective Martin was waked at his residence located at 5058 North Kedvale Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Edward’s Church located at 4350 West Sunnyside Avenue and he was laid to rest on May 18, 1929 in Irving Park Cemetery, 7777 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, Illinois.
Detective Raymond E. Martin, born on November 26, 1895, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 26, 1922. He earned 4 Credible Mentions during his career.
Detective Martin was survived by his wife, Mary; children: Buddy and Jerry; father, Edmund John Martin and siblings: Amanda, Edmund, Maria, Mathlie and Viola.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #10554.