LINE OF DUTY DEATHS

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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.

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Patrolman John Edward Sacht Sr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
30 Sep 1927
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
3229
Incident Date:
01 Jan 1929
Cause of Death:
Struck - By Vehicle
Age:
32
End of Watch:
01 Jan 1929
Unit of Assignment:
22nd District - Maxwell
Date of Birth:
22 Oct 1896
Served:
1 year, 3 months, 2 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
012 - Near West

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # B-12
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 23
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman John Edward Sacht, Sr., Star #3229, aged 32 years, was a 1 year, 3 month, 2 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 22nd District - Maxwell.

On January 1, 1929, 1:35 a.m., Officer Sacht and his partner, Patrolman John Barry, were investigating an abandoned and stolen vehicle in the middle of the street at 803 South Morgan Street. As the officers stood by their car, a speeding Pierce Arrow limousine drove by and hit them both. Officer Barry was thrown aside and suffered minor injuries. The limousine for nearly a block dragged Officer Sacht before he rolled under the wheels and was crushed. The officer was rushed to Cook County Hospital, where he died shortly there after.

The police recovered the limousine 45 minutes later at Racine Avenue and Tilden Street. It was determined to be the vehicle of a prominent Chicago Architect, Wilbert B. Ashby. Ashby’s chauffeur, James Norton, reported the limousine stolen at the Des Plaines Street Station moments before it was recovered. The limousine had a smashed left fender and broken headlight. Ashby and his wife were held for questioning but denied any involvement or knowledge of the murder. They were eventually released with no charges being filed. There were two other deaths prior to Officer Sacht’s that were suspected to have been caused by the same person driving the same limousine which was recovered.

On January 9, 1929, the Coroner recommended the arrest of the unknown driver on the charge of manslaughter.

Officer Sacht was laid to rest on January 4, 1929 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.

Patrolman John Edward Sacht, Sr., born October 22, 1896, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 30, 1927.

Officer Sacht was survived by his wife, Mary (nee Cronnolly), age 31; son, John Edward, Jr., age 2 and siblings: Christie Burns, Frieda Mills, Henry, Mrs. A. Le Qucane and Mrs. M. Gebrke.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #11020.

On June 27, 2007, Officer Sacht'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.

Patrolman Sidney J. Sam Jr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
08 Jan 1968
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
13524
Incident Date:
16 Jun 1971
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
33
End of Watch:
16 Jun 1971
Unit of Assignment:
12th District - Monroe
Date of Birth:
04 Dec 1937
Served:
3 years, 5 months, 8 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
010 - Ogden

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Robinson Cemetery - Varnado Washington Parish, Louisiana
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 23
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 5, Line 21
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 16-E: 29

Incident Details:

Patrolman Sidney J. Sam, Jr., Star #13524, aged 33 years, was a 3 year, 5 month, 8 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 12th District - Monroe.

On June 16, 1971, Officer Sam had just finished working the 3rd watch. He put a gray jacket over his uniform shirt and drove to 1536 South Komensky Avenue arriving at approximately 12:30 a.m. Officer Sam double parked his 1970 Buick Electra and while sitting in his car he was talking to a woman, who was outside the car standing on the sidewalk. Three offenders walked up to the car, one approached the woman from behind, put a gun into her back and announced a robbery. At this time, Officer Sam, with his left hand, began to reach down to his left side. The robber told Sam, "Don't try for it." At that time one of the offenders, now known as Robert Dismukes, began to shoot at Officer Sam through an open car window firing four times. Officer Sam was struck in the side and back. After shooting Officer Sam, Dismukes pushed Officer Sam into the passenger seat, got into the Buick and fled northbound on Komensky Avenue with the wounded Officer Sam still in the front seat. The other two offenders then fled on foot. Officer Sam was discovered dead in an alley behind 1242 South Karlov Avenue. His car was found abandoned in the alley a block south, in an alley behind 1328 South Karlov Avenue. Missing was Sam's off duty .32 caliber revolver, his police star and identification.

Subsequent investigation by Area 4 detectives revealed the identity of Robert Dismukes, age 17, Louis Allen and David Lee Johnson, age 18, as the three offenders who robbed and killed Officer Sam. All three offenders were arrested and subsequently charged and convicted for First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery. Detectives recovered Officer Sam's gun, police star and identification. On December 20, 1971 Robert Dismukes was sentenced to 30 to 75 years in the Illinois Penitentiary, Louis Allen was sentenced to 20 to 50 years in the Illinois Penitentiary and David Lee Johnson was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in the Illinois Penitentiary.

Officer Sam was waked at Biggs and Biggs Funeral Home located at 5744 West North Avenue and he was laid to rest on June 21, 1971 in Robinson Cemetery, Varnado Washington Parish, Louisiana.

Patrolman Sidney J. Sam, Jr., born December 4, 1937, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 8, 1968.

Officer Sam was survived by his wife, Annie and daughters: Cindy (CPD), age 13; Daphne, age 9 and Debra, age 14. Cindy became a Chicago Police Officer and was later promoted to Sergeant.

Patrolman John B. Sausman

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
02 Apr 1897
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
953
Incident Date:
05 Jan 1915
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
55
End of Watch:
05 Jan 1915
Unit of Assignment:
District 4, 4th Precinct - Cottage Grove
Date of Birth:
27 Oct 1859
Served:
22 years, 9 months, 3 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Forest Home Cemetery - Forest Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # B-3
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 4
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 1, Line 45
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 45-E: 2

Incident Details:

Patrolman John B. Sausman, Star #953, aged 55 years, was a 22 year, 9 month, 3 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 4, 4th Precinct - Cottage Grove.

On January 5, 1915, at 1:25 a.m., Officer Sausman was working with his partner, Patrolman Dan Langan, when they stumbled upon a robbery in progress on the southwest corner of 29th Street and Indiana Avenue. The officers had just turned onto Indiana Avenue from 29th Street when they observed two men, William F. “Bob” Mason and James O’Neil. Mason was going through a pedestrian's pockets while O’Neil held a gun to the victim’s head. The officers cautiously approached the men and placed them under arrest. Unaware to the officers, Mason carried a concealed gun in his coat pocket. Mason pulled the trigger and Officer Sausman was struck in the temple. He fell to the ground and in the commotion the two men began to flee on foot. Officer Langan gave chase; following O’Neil unaware that it was Mason who fired the fatal shot. A running gun battle ensued and Officer Langan exchanged gunfire with O’Neil as he fled. Both men had to stop during the foot chase and reload their revolvers. Officer Langan was able to end the gunfight when he managed to wound O’Neil hitting him four times in the chest and abdomen. O’Neil was taken to Peoples Hospital where he died shortly after midnight on January 6, 1915.

On January 20, 1915 Mason was still at large and ordered held by the Coroner if and when arrested. It is unknown if he was ever apprehended.

Officer Sausman was waked at his residence located at 2941 West Lexington Street and he was laid to rest on January 7, 1915 in Forest Home Cemetery, 863 Desplaines Avenue, Forest Park, Illinois.

Patrolman John B. Sausman, born October 27, 1859, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 2, 1892.

Officer Sausman was survived by his wife and son, Willis.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #5078.

Sergeant James R. Schaffer

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
24 Apr 1948
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
824
Incident Date:
14 Apr 1969
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
47
End of Watch:
14 Apr 1969
Unit of Assignment:
4th District - South Chicago
Date of Birth:
12 Nov 1921
Served:
20 years, 11 months, 21 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
004 - South Chicago

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-4
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 14
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 18
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 40-E: 9

Incident Details:

Sergeant James R. Schaffer, Star #824, aged 47 years, was a 20 year, 11 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 4th District - South Chicago.

On April 14, 1969, at 3:02 p.m., Sergeant Schaffer and Detective Jerome A. Stubig responded to 9521 South Exchange Avenue with Detective William McInerney and Patrolman Arthur Ciechanowski. Detective McInerney and Officer Ciechanowski climbed the stairs to the 3rd floor rear door of the building while Sergeant Schaffer and Detective Stubig waited at the ground level. The two men knocked on Frank J. Kulak's door. They announced they were police officers and Kulak answered the knock with gunfire. Both officers had been shot and injured. Sergeant Schaffer and Detective Stubig then climbed the stairs to assist and were injured by an explosion. Kulak had thrown a bomb at the two officers. As they lay injured, Kulak exited his apartment and emptied his carbine into both men, killing them. Kulak then barricaded himself in his apartment and a six-hour gun battle between Kulak, a former marine, and hundreds of heavily armed police ensued. Kulak surrendered to Deputy Police Superintendent James Rochford at 9:00 p.m. that evening. The bodies of Sergeant Schaffer and Detective Stubig were found on the rear porch. Sergeant Schaffer was transported to South Chicago Hospital by beat 470 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Carroll at 9:30 p.m. on April 14, 1969. Detective Stubig was also transported to South Chicago Hospital by beat 471 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Carroll at 9:32 p.m. on April 14, 1969. Several other officers were injured either by gunfire or the bomb explosions. They were all treated at South Chicago Hospital and discharged.

It was later learned that Kulak was responsible for six other bombings in which two people were killed and several others injured. Kulak was taken into custody and an arsenal of weapons was recovered from his apartment. Recovered were two carbines, an M-1 rifle, two semi-automatic handguns, two 12-gauge shotguns, a grenade launcher and 30 bombs. One bomb was large enough to level the three-story building if it had gone off. 24 unexploded bombs and grenades were also found outside the building.

On May 15, 1969, Frank Kulak was indicted by the Grand Jury on the deaths of four persons. On February 27, 1970, Kulak was found incompetent to stand trial due to paranoid schizophrenia and was ordered held to a maximum security mental facility. In September 1986, the Illinois Appellate Court ruled that Kulak must be released after spending more than 15 years in a state mental health facility in Chester, Illinois. The order required the state to find Kulak eligible for commitment under a civil law proceeding as being a danger to himself and others or release him.

Sergeant Schaffer was waked at Brady-Gill Funeral Home located at 2929 West 87th Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Thomas More Church located at 2825 West 81st Street and he was laid to rest on April 18, 1969 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Sergeant James R. Schaffer, born November 12, 1921, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 24, 1948. He earned 3 Department Commendations and 1 Honorable Mention during his career. In September 1955 he was promoted to Detective. In October 1964 he was promoted to Sergeant

Sergeant Schaffer served in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a veteran of World War II and was Honorably Discharged. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Colonel. Sergeant Schaffer was also a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association, St. Thomas More Holy Name Society, Illinois Police Association and the St. Jude Police League. He was survived by his wife, Joanna D. (nee Tapak); daughter, Joan Grace and brother, William.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #H122105.

Patrolman Charles John Scheiner

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
23 Dec 1932
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
30 Jul 1933
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
28
End of Watch:
04 Aug 1933
Unit of Assignment:
Traffic Division
Date of Birth:
08 Mar 1905
Served:
7 months, 12 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
024 - Rogers Park

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Ridgewood Cemetery - Des Plaines, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Not Listed
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Charles John Scheiner, Star # Unknown, aged 28 years, was a 7 month, 12 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Traffic Division.

On July 30, 1933, at 12:00 a.m., Officer Scheiner finished working his shift and met some friends, two couples, afterwards. While still in his police uniform they visited several places and had drinks. The last stop of the night was the Chelsea Cafe located at 914 West Wilson Avenue. At 3:30 a.m. one of the couples he was with became engaged in a quarrel and the man slapped his wife. Officer Scheiner took exception to this and stepped in. It was at this time that they all began to fight. However after a few minutes the fight started again and resolved into a free for all during which Officer Schiener was stuck with a chair over the head. While he lay on the dance floor some unknown man seized his revolver and fired several shots, one of which struck Officer Schiener in the chest. The unknown man then made good his escape. Officer Scheiner was taken to Lake View Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries five days later on August 4, 1933.

On August 15th, 1933 a Coroner's jury returned a verdict of murder by unknown person.

Officer Scheiner was waked at his residence located at 4730 North Kewanee Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Edward’s Church located at 4350 West Sunnyside Avenue and he was laid to rest on August 7, 1933 in Ridgewood Cemetery, 9900 North Milwaukee Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Patrolman Charles John Scheiner, born March 8, 1905, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on December 23, 1932.

Officer Scheiner was survived by his wife, Mary Clara (nee McTigue Wunsch); daughter, Joellyn; mother, Josephine and brothers: Melvin and Richard.

Patrolman George Schlinger Jr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
29 Sep 1889
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
1671
Incident Date:
04 Oct 1891
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
30
End of Watch:
10 Oct 1891
Unit of Assignment:
District 9, 24th Precinct - Desplaines
Date of Birth:
10 Oct 1861
Served:
2 years, 0 months, 12 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
012 - Near West

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Calvary Cemetery - Evanston, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # A-3
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 3
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 1, Line 24
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 20-E: 8

Incident Details:

Patrolman George Schlinger, Jr., Star #1671, aged 30 years, was a 2 year, 0 months, 12 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 9, 24th Precinct - Desplaines.

On October 4, 1891, at 9:00 p.m., Officer Schlinger was working with his partner, Patrolman Eugene Geary. The two officers standing at a Patrol Box located at the corner of Randolph and Peoria Streets. A citizen ran up to them and excitedly exclaimed that two men were attempting to kill a woman in the basement of No. 11 North Peoria Street (present day 161 North Peoria Street). The officers rushed to the location and heard the woman’s cries of distress coming from a room in the rear of the building. The officers quickly burst through the front door and entered the building. Through a middle door, Officer Schlinger observed Michael Moriarty, a well-known ex-convict, and attempted to place him under arrest. Moriarty anticipated Officer Schlinger’s intent and jumped out of a side window. Moriarty broke the glass and took the window sash with him as he fled into the alley. Officer Schlinger immediately turned around and ran out the front door and caught up with Moriarty on the sidewalk. Without any warning, Moriarty drew a pistol and fired. Officer Schlinger was hit in the head and fell to his knees drawing his own weapon and firing off three shots as Moriarty made good his escape.

A patrol wagon was summoned and Officer Moriarty was taken to Cook County Hospital. Once at the hospital, he was examined and it was found that the bullet had penetrated his skull immediately above the right eye. The physicians examining his wound expressed the opinion that it was not necessarily serious. Their main concern was that pus could form and meningitis would set in, in which case his chances of recovery would be very slight. Officer Schlinger lingered in the hospital for six days, succumbing to his injury on October 10, 1891.

Michael Moriarty was later apprehended at No. 138 South Green Street (present day 430 South Green Street). He was in the company of John Mayne, Cora Winkle and Ida Winkleflat all of whom were at the Peoria Street address when the incident occurred. Recovered on Moriarty’s person were two revolvers, both freshly loaded. Moriarty and the other three were taken to the Desplaines Street Station and then to the hospital where they were identified by Officers Schlinger and Geary. Once identified, they were transported back to the station. Moriarty eventually stood trial, found guilty and was sentenced to life in Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet. The other three were released.

Officer Schlinger was waked at Sigmunds Hall located at No. 192 West Chicago Avenue (present day 1032 West Chicago Avenue) and he was laid to rest on October 13, 1891 in Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois.

Patrolman George Schlinger, Jr., born October 10, 1861, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 29, 1889.

Officer Schlinger was a member of the Fraternal Policemen’s Benefit Association and Americus Lodge No. 271 Knights of Pythias. He was survived by his wife; four children and siblings: B. A. Madden, H. M. Schlinger and Mrs. S. Gorton.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #2810.

Patrolman Frederick M. Schmitz

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
19 Apr 1912
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
1253
Incident Date:
09 Nov 1925
Cause of Death:
Explosion - Bomb
Age:
42
End of Watch:
09 Nov 1925
Unit of Assignment:
District 1-A - Harrison
Date of Birth:
31 Aug 1883
Served:
13 years, 6 months, 21 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Boniface Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # B-9
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 3
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 2, Line 15
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 56-W: 9

Incident Details:

Patrolman Frederick M. Schmitz, Star #1253, aged 42 years, was a 13 year, 6 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 1-A - Clark Street Station South.

On November 9, 1925, at 8:35 p.m., Officer Schmitz had just returned home after working his shift and was tending the furnace in the basement of his home located at 5233 West Van Buren Street. While his three children played on the first floor, he went downstairs to work on the furnace. Someone had planted six or seven sticks of dynamite in the front basement window. Shortly after he went downstairs the dynamite detonated. The children, startled by the explosion, called down to their father but received no response. The eldest child then called for the fire department. Officer Schmitz body was discovered downstairs, a victim of the explosion he lost his life.

On November 25, 1925, the unknown person or persons arrest for murder was recommended by the Coroner. It was suspected that the bomb was intended for Captain Ira McDowell, Officer Schmitz next door neighbor. McDowell was known as a strict enforcer of the law and had driven the gamblers and bootleggers from the district.

Officer Schmitz was laid to rest in St. Boniface Cemetery, 4901 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Frederick M. Schmitz, born August 31, 1883, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 19, 1912.

Officer Schmitz was survived by his wife and three children.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #8993.

Patrolman Henry G. Schnauble

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
23 Dec 1907
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
1062
Incident Date:
01 Jul 1909
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
31
End of Watch:
01 Jul 1909
Unit of Assignment:
District 3, 5th Precinct - Stanton
Date of Birth:
Jan 1878
Served:
1 year, 6 months, 8 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
002 - Wentworth

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Oak Woods Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # B-2
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 4
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 1, Line 38
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 23-W: 14

Incident Details:

Patrolman Henry G. Schnauble, Star #1062, aged 31 years, was a 1 year, 6 month, 8 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 3, 5th Precinct - Stanton.

On July 1, 1909, at 2:30 a.m., Officer Schnauble encountered a burglar, Tegee McNeil, exiting a building in an alley near 34th Street and Wabash Avenue with proceeds of a burglary. Officer Schnauble ordered McNeil to halt. Disregarding the officer’s command, McNeil drew a gun and opened fire. Officer Schnauble returned fire as McNeil fled on foot. Officer Schnauble then chased McNeil to a vacant lot at 3436 South Wabash Avenue. Under the Southside elevated train tracks McNeil pretended to be shot. This was a ruse to draw Officer Schnauble closer. When the officer approached McNeil opened fire once again at close range striking Officer Schnauble, mortally wounding him. McNeil then made good his escape. A search of the alley where the burglary had occurred produced a set of burglary tools, including a chisel, lantern, screwdriver and a red handkerchief.

On July 14, 1909, Tegee McNeil was arrested and held by Coroner's Jury. The September 1909 Grand Jury returned a No Bill on McNeil and he was released.

Officer Schnauble was waked at his residence located at 3728 South LaSalle Street and he was laid to rest on July 3, 1909 in Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Henry G. Schnauble, born in January 1878, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on December 23, 1907.

Officer Schnauble was survived by his parents: George Adam and Henrietta (nee Brown) and siblings: Anna Schnauble Rose, Henry G and George E.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #2365.

On October 14, 1910, Officer Schnauble's star was retired by General Superintendent LeRoy T. Steward and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 505, Office of the Superintendent of Police. Officer Shea's star was one of fourteen stars added to the newly instituted memorial to preserve the memory of officers killed in the line of duty. The tradition of retiring a star number was born. In 1928, the star case was moved to 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 again moved to a new facility at 3510 South Michigan Avenue, Officer Schnauble's Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.

Patrolman William H. Schnell

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
27 Feb 1890
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
2188
Incident Date:
02 Jan 1892
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Accidental
Age:
27
End of Watch:
02 Jan 1892
Unit of Assignment:
District 14, 35th Precinct - Attrill
Date of Birth:
Feb 1866
Served:
1 year, 10 months, 6 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
014 - Shakespeare

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Graceland Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # A-3
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 4
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 1, Line 25
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 20-W: 1

Incident Details:

Patrolman William H. Schnell, Star #2188, aged 27 years, was a 1 year, 10 month, 6 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 14, 35th Precinct - Attrill.

On January 2, 1892, Officer Schnell was off duty at home cleaning his service revolver when he became the victim of an unanticipated discharge. Tragically, Officer Schnell was struck and died as a result of that unfortunate incident.

Officer Schnell’s funeral mass was held at his residence located at No. 124 North Francisco Street (present day 357 North Francisco Street) and he was laid to rest on January 4, 1892 in Graceland Cemetery, 4001 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman William H. Schnell, born in 1866, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 27, 1890.

Officer Schnell was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association and the Court Benevolent No. 30 Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was survived by his mother, Caroline.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

Patrolman Donald H. Schodrof Sr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
05 Feb 1944
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
4382
Incident Date:
19 Jan 1947
Cause of Death:
Crash - Automobile (Pursuit)
Age:
32
End of Watch:
20 Jan 1947
Unit of Assignment:
Motorcycle Division
Date of Birth:
24 Feb 1914
Served:
2 years, 11 months, 15 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
Evergreen Park, IL

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-2
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 4
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 5, Line 19
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 62-E: 27

Incident Details:

Patrolman Donald H. Schodrof, Sr., Star #4382, aged 32 years, was a 2 year, 11 month, 15 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Motorcycle Division.

On January 19, 1947, Officer Schodrof was on duty riding his police motorcycle when he initiated a traffic pursuit at 83rd and Western Avenue. He pursued the speeding vehicle southbound on Western Avenue. On the 9700 block of South Western a vehicle driven by Ivan D. Smith, age 29, of 5012 North Winthrop Avenue, Smith made an unexpected left turn in front of Officer Schodrof. Officer Schdrof, in an attempt to avoid colliding with Smith’s car, swerved and struck Smith’s car before striking a parked car at 9750 South Western Avenue, Evergreen Park, Illinois. The parked car was owned by John Nelson of 9825 South Meade Avenue, Oaklawn, Illinois. The impact of the crash caused both the car and motorcycle to catch fire. Officer Schodrof was transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital where he succumbed to injuries the next day.

Ivan Smith was arrested and charged with reckless driving.

Officer Schodrof was waked at a funeral home located at 69th and Justine Street and he was laid to rest on January 24, 1947 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Patrolman Donald H. Schodrof, Sr., born February 24, 1914, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 5, 1944.

Officer Schodrof was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Eleanor M. (nee Cummings Fuller); children: Donald H., Jr., Ellen, John, Karen, Mary, Michael and Robert; parents: Alette Vanderkloot and Henry F., brother, Harry and granddaughter, Jennifer (Berwyn Police Department).

On January 11, 2006, Officer Schodrof'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.

Patrolman Richard Richard Schott

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
04 Jun 1973
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
12028
Incident Date:
03 Dec 1997
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
46
End of Watch:
03 Dec 1997
Unit of Assignment:
9th District - Deering
Date of Birth:
10 May 1951
Served:
24 years, 5 months, 29 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
009 - Deering

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-8
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 4
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 4, Line 2
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 15-W: 21

Incident Details:

Patrolman Richard Richard Schott, Star #12028, aged 46 years, was a 24 year, 5 month, 29 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 9th District - Deering.

On December 3, 1997, at 1:05 a.m., Officer Schott was working the 1st Watch as a Lockup Keeper with Patrolmen Walter J. Brendal. The officers were in the process of fingerprinting Sergio DeLeon, age 32, after he had been arrested for Drinking on the Public Way. DeLeon became unruly during the fingerprinting process and they decided to move him into a cell. DeLeon then started to punch and kick the officers as they moved him. The officer wrestled him to the ground and Officer Brendal was able to pin him down to the floor. At this time Officer Schott left the lockup to summon assistance. Officer Schott then returned to the lockup with Patrolmen James P. Bailey and Michael Kolasa. Upon their return they observed Officer Brendal still struggling with DeLeon. DeLeon continued to punch and kick the officers, striking them in the face and chest several times, as they struggled to move him into a cell. The officers were able to get him into cell #4 and close the door. As Officer Schott began to walk away, he suddenly collapsed to the floor unconscious. The other officers rushed to his aid and summoned help. Officer Schott was transported to Columbia Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center by CFD Ambulance #4 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Yount at 2:02 a.m. on December 3, 1997. His cause of death was attributed to coronary arteriosclerosis, which was aggravated by the physical altercation. The Cook County Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide.

Sergio DeLeon was charged with first degree murder and three counts of aggravated battery. He was found innocent of Officer Schott's death, but was found guilty of the three counts of aggravated battery and the initial possession charge. He was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison.

Officer Schott was waked at Blake and Lamb Funeral Home located at 4727 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, IL, his funeral mass was held in St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church located at 8200 South Kostner Avenue and he was laid to rest on December 8, 1997 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Patrolman Richard Richard Schott, born May 10, 1951, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 4, 1973. He earned 1 Department Commendation, 48 Honorable Mentions and 4 Complimentary Letters during his career. Officer Schott was a resident of the Mount Greenwood area and worked in the Deering District his entire career. He was a beat officer and a member of the tactical unit before his assignment to lockup duties.

Officer Schott was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his ex-wife, Rene'e Marie (nee Nault), age 46; son, Robert Francis, age 20; father, Robert and siblings: Mary Paluch and Patrick.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #B772580.

On February 24, 1998, Officer Schott'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 Schott's Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.

Patrolman John F. Schuetz

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
06 Jul 1874
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
4381
Incident Date:
27 Jan 1919
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
56
End of Watch:
27 Jan 1919
Unit of Assignment:
District 24, 31st Precinct - Town Hall
Date of Birth:
07 Dec 1862
Served:
44 years, 6 months, 21 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
020 - Lincoln

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Boniface Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # B-5
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 5
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 1, Line 55
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 35-E: 2

Incident Details:

Patrolman John F. Schuetz, Star #4381, aged 56 years, was a 44 year, 6 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 24, 31st Precinct - Town Hall.

On January 27, 1919, at 6:12 p.m., Officer Schuetz was returning to his apartment located at 1331 West Hollywood Avenue for dinner. Upon arrival he interrupted two burglars on the side of his building in a stairwell leading to the basement. At the same time his wife was in their second floor apartment standing by the kitchen window preparing dinner. She heard her husband confront the men and say, “What are you doing here, you…” and then heard two gunshots. She then heard the sound of Officer Schuetz’s body falling down the stairs and then the sound of footsteps running down the alley. She rushed down the stairs with their daughter, Clara, and discovered her husband laying on the floor unconscious with a gunshot wound just above his left eye. He was bleeding profusely from the head as neighbors quickly arrived to see what the commotion was about. A neighbor called for an ambulance and Officer Schuetz was rushed to Lake View Hospital. Officer Schuetz succumbed to his injuries one hour after arriving at the hospital.

The bandits fled the scene heading westbound in the alley, crossing Glenwood Avenue and continuing to Clark Street, making good their escape. A witness who had seen the men flee down the alley described them as hatless and provided police a description. Another witness described the men as 25 years of age, 5’6” tall with a slight build and wearing a brown-checkered suit. Other witnesses also provided similar descriptions of the gunmen. An imitation green velour Fedora hat was recovered on the ground at the rear gate of the Schuetz property. It bore the name Rexton, presumably a Rockford hat dealer. The gunmen remain unknown and were still at large as of January 1920.

Officer Schuetz was waked at his residence located at 1331 West Hollywood Avenue and he was laid to rest on January 31, 1919 in St. Boniface Cemetery, 4901 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman John F. Schuetz, born December 7 1862, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 6, 1874.

Officer Schuetz was survived by his wife.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #5193.

Patrolman Paul E. Schutz

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
06 Nov 1920
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
4349
Incident Date:
16 Oct 1921
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
29
End of Watch:
16 Oct 1921
Unit of Assignment:
District 11 - Englewood
Date of Birth:
16 May 1892
Served:
11 months, 10 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
008 - Chicago Lawn

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Mount Greenwood Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 22
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 2, Line 5
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 19-E: 16

Incident Details:

Patrolman Paul E. Schutz, Star #4349, aged 29 years, was an 11 month, 10 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 11 - Englewood.

On October 16, 1921, at 2:20 a.m., Officer Schutz was on duty and working with his two partners, comprising the Flivver Squad of District 11. They responded to a gentleman’s club, The Galloper’s Club located at 6265 South Western Avenue to investigate a shooting. The club had an excellent reputation with its clientele most comprising local neighborhood businessmen. Upon arrival at the club the officers made realized that several arrests needed to be made and began rounding up suspects. While in the process of rounding up the suspects, the officers were ambushed by a gang of bandits who had been lying in wait. Gunfire erupted and the officers attempted to pull back outside the confining room, looking for cover. Officer Schutz retreated to the alley just north of 63rd Street on the East side of Western Avenue and was shot in the neck and mortally wounded in the process. Near death, Officer Schutz was able to identify his assailant as Charles Cleaver to investigators, Officer Schutz was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. on October 16, 1921.

On December 27, 1921, Charles Cleaver was held by the Coroner as accessory before the fact and indicted. In January 1922, James “Whip“ Ryan was also arrested as an accomplice and also indicted. On March 27, 1924, Ryan’s indictment was stricken off the record by Judge Caverly. On May 9, 1924, Cleaver was acquitted by judge William. No reason for the killers actions or the judge's decision was ever given.

Officer Schutz was waked at his residence located at 800 West 78th Street and he was laid to rest on October 18, 1921 in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, 2900 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Paul E. Schutz, born May 16, 1892, received a Temporary Appointment to the Department on August 8, 1919 prior to his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 6, 1920.

Officer Schutz served in the Armed Forces, was a veteran of World War I and was Honorably Discharged.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #7453.

Patrolman Thomas A. Schweig

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
30 Apr 1907
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
3427
Incident Date:
15 Jul 1911
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
34
End of Watch:
15 Jul 1911
Unit of Assignment:
District 13, 32nd Precinct - West Chicago
Date of Birth:
Nov 1876
Served:
4 years, 2 months, 15 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
012 - Near West

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # B-2
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 5
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 1, Line 40
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 64-W: 13

Incident Details:

Patrolman Thomas A. Schweig, Star #3427, aged 34 years, was a 4 year, 2 month, 15 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 13, 32nd Precinct - West Chicago.

On July 15, 1911, shortly after 2:00 a.m., Officer Schweig was on duty and walking home. When he passed in front of 1639 West Ohio Street an armed offender confronted him from behind. The gunman immediately fired a shot, striking Officer Schweig. The gunman and two accomplices then fled the scene making good their escape. Officer Schweig was shot twice, once through the head and once through the arm then heart. He died on the scene. A citizen later came across Officer Schweig's lifeless body and notified the West Chicago Avenue Station. Responding officers discovered Officer Schweig's revolver still clutched in his hand unfired. Investigators later determined that the murder was committed by one of several ex-convicts sentenced to prison as a result of Officer Schweig's police work.

Officer Schweig was waked at his residence located at 541 North Ashland Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Boniface Catholic Church located at 1358 West Chestnut Street and he was laid to rest on July 17, 1911 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Thomas A. Schweig, born in November 1876, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 30, 1907.

Officer Schweig was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association and the Progress Council No. 940 Royal Arcanum. He was survived by his wife, Jennie; children: Robert and Thomas and parents: Mary and Matthias.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #4996.

Note: The photo of Officer Schweig is of him wearing his previously assigned star number #803. At the time of the incident his assigned star number was #3427.

Patrolman Jacob John Sebastian

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
04 Aug 1891
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
08 Nov 1905
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Friendly (Accidental)
Age:
55
End of Watch:
09 Nov 1905
Unit of Assignment:
District 14, 37th Precinct - Cragin
Date of Birth:
Feb 1850
Served:
14 years, 3 months, 5 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Montrose Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 5
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Jacob John Sebastian, Star # Unknown, aged 55 years, was a 14 year, 3 month, 5 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 14, 37th Precinct - Cragin.

On November 8, 1905, Officer Sebastian was on duty working with his partner Patrolman Robert Adlum. The two officers were assigned to deliver election reports to the Cook County Board of Election headquarters located in City Hall at No. 119 West Randolph Street (present day 142 West Randolph Street). As the officers entered the building, Officer Adlum tripped and his service revolver flew from his coat pocket as he attempted to break his fall. The gun discharged and the bullet struck Officer Sebastian in the abdomen. Officer Sebastian was transported to Chicago Emergency Hospital where he would undergo surgery. Before allowing the doctors to operate, Officer Sebastian insisted that his wife be notified of his condition. The surgery was successful, the doctors removing the bullet, and his prognosis was favorable. However complications arose and he died the next day on November 9, 1905.

Officer Sebastian was waked at his residence located at No. 2328 East Ravenswood Park (present day 6159 North Ravenswood Avenue) and he was laid to rest in Montrose Cemetery, 5400 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Jacob John Sebastian, born in February 1850, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 4, 1891.

Officer Sebastian was survived by his wife, Elizabeth (nee Raquet).

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

Patrolman Frank A. Sedlack

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
28 Oct 1922
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
1304
Incident Date:
31 Aug 1929
Cause of Death:
Crash - Motorcycle (Pursuit)
Age:
32
End of Watch:
31 Aug 1929
Unit of Assignment:
33rd District - Irving Park
Date of Birth:
02 May 1897
Served:
6 years, 10 months, 3 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
025 - Grand Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery - Niles, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 5
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Frank A. Sedlack, Star #1304, aged 32 years, was a 6 year, 10 month, 3 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 33rd District - Irving Park.

On August 31, 1929, Officer Sedlack, while on motorcycle duty, was pursuing a speeder west on Grand Avenue and collided with another automobile at Sayre Avenue. He sustained a fractured skull and internal injuries in the crash. Officer Sedlack was taken to Keystone Hospital where he died later the same day.

The driver of the vehicle Officer Sedlack struck, Roy Larson, age 20, was released after being questioned. The driver of the speeding vehicle escaped.

Officer Sedlack was waked at his residence located at 3639 West Wolfram Street, his funeral mass was held at Basilica of St. Hyacinth located at 3636 West Wolfram Street and he was laid to rest on September 4, 1929 in St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, 6800 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois.

Patrolman Frank A. Sedlack, born May 2, 1897, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 28, 1922. He earned 1 Credible Mention and 1 Extra Compensation for Meritorious Conduct totaling $120.00 during his career.

Officer Sedlack was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association and Apollo Tent No. 63 Maccabees. He was survived by his wife, Victoria H.; daughter, Elaine; father, Matthew C. and siblings: Emily, John and Rose Martnek.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

Sergeant James Louis Severin

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
01 Jul 1957
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
1319
Incident Date:
17 Jul 1970
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
38
End of Watch:
17 Jul 1970
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Field Services - Patrol Division: Unit 053 - Area 3 Task Force
Date of Birth:
24 Apr 1932
Served:
13 years, 0 months, 16 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
018 - Near North

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
All Saints Catholic Cemetery - Des Plaines, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-5
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 6
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 22
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 35-E: 7

Incident Details:

Sergeant James Louis Severin, Star #1319, aged 38 years, was a 13 years, 0 months, 16 days veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Field Services - Patrol Division: Unit 053 - Area 3 Task Force.

On July 17, 1970, Sergeant James Louis Severin and Sergeant Ed Wodnicki met in the 18th District Tactical Unit Office before they proceeded to Cabrini with their respective teams to engage in the “Walk & Talk“ program. A previous day’s confrontation necessitated having an additional person on Sergeant Wodnicki's team for the day. As fate would have it, Officer Rizzato's brother Nickalos, who was also a policeman, was assigned to Sergeant Wodnicki's team. What followed was a vicious calculated murder of Patrolman Rizzato and Sergeant Severin.

Officer Rizzato and Sergeant Severin were volunteers for the Chicago Police Department's “Walk & Talk“ project. The program was designed to cultivate community relations between Chicago Police Officers and residents of the Cabrini-Green housing complex. On July 17, 1970, the officers became victims of sniper fire as they walked across the Seward Park baseball field at Cabrini-Green. Officer Rizzato and Sergeant Severin were shot in their backs by high-powered rifles which erupted from two CHA buildings. The purpose of the shooting was to seal a pact between two rival gangs. Patrolmen Dennis Jurkowski, Bob Sargus, Curtis Crisler, and Sergeant Edward Stetter drove into the middle of the baseball field under a hail of sniper fire to recover the bodies of their fellow officers. Officer Rizzato and Sergeant Severin were transported to Henrotin Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

Four people were charged and arrested for the officers' murders, George C. Knight, age 23; Johnnie Veal, age 18; Vernon R. Baker, age 14; Sidney Bennett, Jr., age 18. Knight and Veal were both found guilty of 1st degree murder and were each sentenced to 100 to 199 years in prison. In 1972, Baker's charges were dropped. Bennett confessed to the murders, but was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial. In 1975, Bennett shot and killed a man while working as an armed security guard. He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 1 to 5 years in prison.

Sergeant Severin was waked at John V. May Funeral Home located at 6857 West Higgins Avenue, his funeral mass was held at Immaculate Conception Parish located at 7211 West Talcott Avenue and he was laid to rest on July 21, 1970 in All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Sergeant James Louis Severin, born April 24, 1932, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 1, 1957. He earned 1 Award of Valor (posthumously) and 1 Blue Star Award (posthumously) during his career. On July 1, 1966, he was promoted to Sergeant.

Sergeant Severin served in the U.S. Army from May 7, 1951 thru April 22, 1953 and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Corporal. He was survived by his mother, Catherine M. (nee Ireland) and siblings: Katherine Kizorek, William J. and Joan Mudd.

In June 1981, a new sports complex in the Cabrini-Green Homes complex located at Division and Orleans Streets was named in honor of Officer Rizzato and Sergeant Severin.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #J298263.

Patrolman John G. Sevick

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
06 Jan 1931
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
6576
Incident Date:
24 Jul 1933
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
32
End of Watch:
24 Jul 1933
Unit of Assignment:
41st District - Rogers Park
Date of Birth:
16 Jan 1901
Served:
2 years, 6 months, 18 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
018 - Near North

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Forest Home Cemetery - Forest Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # C-4
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 6
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 2, Line 35
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 30-E: 7

Incident Details:

Patrolman John G. Sevick, Star #6576, aged 32 years, was a 2 year, 6 month, 18 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 41st District - Rogers Park.

On July 24, 1933, at 11:15 a.m., Officer Sevick, while inside the courtroom of Judge Charles E. Malthrop in the Criminal Court Building located at 54 West Hubbard Street. Court business was going on as usual. John Scheck, age 20 and Carl Grundhoefer were attending a hearing in which they received a continuance. They were being held on charges of murder and bank robbery in Niles Center. The two men had been transported from the jail to the courthouse for their hearing. Spending the day in the courthouse's bull-pen, they were allowed to receive visitors. Scheck was visited by his sister Mary, age 22. Mary had brought in a concealed gun and after the hearing, she slipped the gun to Scheck through the prison bars. Deputy Sheriff John Kavanaugh had just unlocked the bull-pen door to begin the process of transporting the prisoners back to the jail. At this time Scheck produced his gun and overpowered the Deputy ordering him at gunpoint to lie down on the ground. After Kavanaugh lay down, Scheck and Grundhoefer ran past him in an attempt to gain their freedom. Entering Judge Malthrop's courtroom the two men nonchalantly walked past the Judge's bench. At the same time Sheriff's Deputy Kavanaugh notified his fellow Deputies of the events that had transpired. Officer Sevick, sitting in the courtroom, intercepted the two prisoners just before they reached the outer door to the courtroom. Sevick ordered the men to halt, but was met by gunfire from Scheck's gun. Two rounds from Scheck's gun lodged into the wall of the packed courtroom. Officer Sevick was able to return fire but was mortally wounded. Sevick was struck two times in the chest near his heart and collapsed to the floor dyeing a few minutes later. The two men then ran out of the courtroom.

After the shooting, Scheck raced through the halls exchanging gunfire with pursuing officers using Grundhoefer as a human shield. He wound his way through the courthouse and was captured after attempting to kill Assistant State's Attorney Charles Dougherty. Scheck was taken to the Bridewell Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. Grundhoefer was also taken into custody and held as a party to the murder of Officer Sevick. Also held were John Scheck, Mark Scheck, Janet Haddon and John Soder. Incriminating evidence tying all of those in custody was the smuggled gun, which was discovered to be modified. The guns barrel had been shortened using a hacksaw, the missing piece found in the basement of the Scheck's home.

The August Grand Jury did not bring a murder charge against Grundhoefer, nor did it deliver accessory charges on those held except for Rose Scheck. Rose Scheck stood trial, even though Mary Scheck had smuggled the gun. On September 15, 1933, Rose Scheck was found not guilty to accessory of murder. On July 24, 1933, John Scheck stood trial and was later was convicted of Patrolman Sevick's murder. On August 31, 1993, he was sentenced to death by Judge Charles Molthrop and executed in the electric chair on April 20, 1934.

Officer Sevick was waked at his residence located at 7023 1/2 North Sheridan Road, his funeral mass was held at St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church located at 1709 West Lunt Avenue and he was laid to rest on July 26, 1933 in Forest Home Cemetery, 863 Desplaines Avenue, Forest Park, Illinois.

Patrolman John G. Sevick, born January 16, 1901, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 6, 1931. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career.

Officer Sevick was survived by his wife, Claire; parents: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sevick and siblings: Ann, Joe and Michael, Jr.

Patrol Specialist Lee Richard Seward Sr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
25 Oct 1971
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
15906
Incident Date:
30 Dec 1987
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
43
End of Watch:
30 Dec 1987
Unit of Assignment:
23rd District - Town Hall
Date of Birth:
07 Dec 1944
Served:
16 years, 2 months, 5 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
019 - Town Hall

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Montrose Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-7
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 7
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 43
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 11-W: 15

Incident Details:

Patrol Specialist Lee Richard Seward, Sr., Star #15906, aged 43 years, was a 16 year, 2 month, 5 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 23rd District - Town Hall.

On December 30, 1987, at 9:48 p.m., Officer Seward and his partner, Patrolman Patricia Cosgrove, responded to a call of a noise disturbance for the second time. They arrived at an apartment building located at 4126 1/2 North Sheridan Road. Earlier in the day, the partners had visited the apartment after a tenant called police to report a neighbor banging on her door. During the first response the man was told if the officers had to come back he was going to jail. When the officers arrived to the scene for the second time, they met the offender, John Rogers, age 24, on a second floor landing. The conversation moved into Rogers apartment where the officers attempted to place him in custody.

Rogers became uncooperative and resisted arrest. While Officer Cosgrove radioed for backup Rogers scuffled with Officer Seward as he attempted to put handcuffs on him. Officer Seward was able to handcuff Rogers, but he continued to resist and the struggle moved into the bedroom. Once inside the bedroom, Rogers was able to get out of his cuffs and then grabbed one of Officer Seward's wrists. Rogers then used his other hand to remove the officer's .357 magnum revolver from his holster, which was broken. Officer Seward backed away and up against a bedroom wall and Rogers fired once at the officer striking him in the mouth. Officer Seward fell to the floor and attempted to crawl out of the room when Rogers turned off the lights. Meanwhile Officer Cosgrove was in the hallway with her revolver drawn, but didn't take a shot as she had no clear line of sight. As Officer Seward was crawling out, Officer Cosgrove grabbed hold of him and pulled him to the shelter of a hallway. As she pulled Officer Seward out, Rogers fired again and struck Seward in the leg.

As this was happening backup officers, Patrolman Kenneth Keeley and his partner, were arriving and heard the gunfire erupt as they raced up the stairs. As the backup officers attempted to enter the apartment, Rogers appeared in the bedroom doorway and fired at them emptying the revolver. Using ambient light from other rooms, Officer Keeley was able to get a sight on Rogers and opened fire, firing off four shots. Rogers was struck three times, once in the chest. Rogers died at the scene from his wounds. Officer Seward was transported to Weiss Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Bufftner at 10:44 p.m. on December 30, 1987.

Officer Seward was waked at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home located at 6150 North Cicero Avenue, his funeral services were also held at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home located at 6150 North Cicero Avenue and he was cremated on January 4, 1988 at Montrose Cemetery, 5400 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrol Specialist Lee Richard Seward, Sr., born December 7, 1944, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 25, 1971. He earned 1 Department Commendation and 22 Honorable Mentions during his career.

Officer Seward was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Michaelene (nee Luchaco); son, Lee Richard, Jr., age 21 and brothers: Bruce, Dennis and Toots.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #J554579.

On January 27, 1988, Officer Seward'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 Seward's Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.

Patrolman James O’Neil Sexton

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
24 May 1948
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
11379
Incident Date:
25 Jul 1962
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Friendly (Accidental)
Age:
38
End of Watch:
25 Jul 1962
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Staff Services - Training Division
Date of Birth:
03 Nov 1923
Served:
14 years, 2 months, 1 day
District of Incident (Present Day):
Burr Ridge, IL

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Joseph Cemetery - River Grove, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 6
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 9
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 16-E: 7

Incident Details:

Patrolman James O'Neil Sexton, Star #11379, aged 38 years, was a 14 year, 2 month, 1 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Staff Services - Training Division.

On July 25, 1962, Officer Sexton was on duty at the Chicago Police Department's Canine Corps School located at 7900 South County Line Road, Burr Ridge, Illinois working as an instructor. Patrolman Daniel Scanlan, age 27, also an instructor, was handling Officer Sexton's gun. He was instructing Sergeant James Cagney that preparatory to training a dog was to threaten it with an empty gun. Officer Scanlon took several rounds from the gun and apparently thinking he had emptied it the handed it back to Officer Sexton. As he was handing it back, the weapon discharged striking Patrolman Sexton in the chest just below the heart. Patrolman Sexton was transported to Hinsdale Sanitarium where he succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving.

Officer Sexton was waked at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home located on 79th Street at Loomis Boulevard, his funeral mass was held at St. Symphorosa Catholic Church located at 6135 South Austin Avenue and he was laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery, 3100 North Thatcher Avenue, River Grove, Illinois.

Patrolman James O'Neil Sexton, born November 3, 1923, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 24, 1948.

Officer Sexton was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association and the St. Jude Police League. He was survived by his wife, Helene Chilkowski; children: Colleen, Kathleen and Susan; parents: James P. and Josephine and siblings: Clarence N., Dorothy Krivickos and Edmund J.