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 Anton Zapolsky

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
10 Jul 1922
Death Classification:
Line of Duty Death
Star #:
5369
Incident Date:
27 Jul 1934
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Enemy
Age:
39
End of Watch:
30 Jul 1934
Unit of Assignment:
1st District - Central Detail
Date of Birth:
02 Nov 1893
Served:
12 years, 0 months, 20 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Casimir Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # C-5
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 9
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 2, Line 37
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 13-W: 8

Incident Details:

Patrolman Anton Zapolsky, Star #5369, aged 39 years, was a 12 year, 0 month, 20 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, unit of assigned to the 1st District - Central Detail.

On July 27, 1934, Officer Zapolsky and his partner, Patrolman Leonard McPhail were on patrol in the Loop when they heard gunshots. The officers were unaware that the gunshots they heard were intended for two other police officers who were chasing an auto thief. When Officers Zapolsky and McPhail arrived to the scene at Wacker Drive and Clark Street, the car thief, Charles Lewis, alias Miller, of 2434 West Moffit Street, opened fire again. Lewis shot Officer Zapolsky in the abdomen. Officer John Fogarty of the Detective Bureau, who had also responded to the scene, shot and killed Lewis at 206 West Randolph Street. Officer Zapolsky was transported to Henrotin Hospital where he died of his injuries three days later on July 30, 1934. A civilian was also injured during the incident.

Charles Lewis body was taken to the Cook County Morgue, where it was identified by Casimir Maciong, age 58 of 311 North Drake Avenue. Mr. Maciong told investigators that Lewis had killed his son, Zygmund Maciong, six weeks earlier. He claimed Lewis was hired by a bootlegger to kill his son.

Officer Zapolsky’s funeral mass was held at Holy Cross Church located at 4541 South Wood Street and he was laid to rest in St. Casimir Cemetery, 4401 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Anton Zapolsky, born November 2, 1893, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 10, 1922.

Officer Zapolsky was survived by his wife, Minnie; children: Dorothy and Thomas and brother, William.