PERFORMANCE OF DUTY DEATHS

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Roll Call of all Performance of Duty Deaths. A Performance of Duty Death is classified as the death of a sworn member who dies while on or off duty and such death results from a condition, injury, or illness that was not directly related to the member’s performance as a law enforcement officer.

1 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z

Patrolman Norman A. Baker

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
14 May 1955
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
8553
Incident Date:
01 Dec 1986
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
56
End of Watch:
01 Dec 1986
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Technical Services - Records Division: Unit 165 - Field Inquiry Section
Date of Birth:
03 Feb 1930
Served:
30 years, 6 months, 17 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Restvale Cemetery - Alsip, 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 Norman A. Baker, Star #8553, aged 56 years, was a 30 year, 6 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Technical Services - Records Division: Unit 165 - Field Inquiry Section and detailed to the Bureau of Administrative Services: Unit 125 - Data Systems Division.

On December 1, 1986, at 1:10 p.m., Officer Baker was working the control desk in the data center computer complex at the Daley Center located at 50 West Washington Street, room 2700. Officer Baker was talking to Gene Krause when he suddenly collapsed. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital by CFD Ambulance #41 where he pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Kaufman at 2:40 p.m. on December 1, 1986. Officer Baker's death was caused by a heart attack.

Officer Baker was waked at Pilgrim Baptist Church located at 3301 South Indiana Avenue, his funeral mass was also held at Pilgrim Baptist Church and he was laid to rest on December 6, 1986 in Restvale Cemetery, 11700 South Laramie Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Patrolman Norman A. Baker, born February 3, 1930, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 14, 1955.

Officer Baker was a Master Mason. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Officer Baker was survived by his wife, Ruby (nee Johnson).

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #H535455.

Youth Officer Edmund Marcel Balcer

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
11 Feb 1980
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
9440
Incident Date:
20 Oct 1980
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
50
End of Watch:
20 Oct 1980
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Operational Services - Youth Division: Unit 184 - Youth Division
Date of Birth:
30 Oct 1930
Served:
0 years, 8 months, 9 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery - Calumet City, 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:

Youth Officer Edmund Marcel Balcer, Star #9440, aged 50 years, was a 0 year, 8 month, 9 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services - Youth Division: Unit 184 - Youth Division.

On October 20, 1980, at 1:10 p.m., Officer Balcer was working in Police Headquarters located at 1121 South State Street, room 700. Officer Balcer collapsed and was discovered by Officer Anthony Vanjack. He was taken to Mercy Memorial Hospital by CFD Ambulance #41 where he pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Kalker at 8:50 a.m. on October 20, 1980. Officer Balcer's death was caused by a heart attack.

Officer Balcer was waked at the Claude E. Griesel Funeral Home located at 10240 South Ewing Avenue and he was laid to rest on November 3, 1980 in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 801 Michigan City Road, Calumet City, Illinois.

Youth Officer Edmund Marcel Balcer, born October 30, 1930, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 11, 1980.

Officer Balcer was survived by his wife, Leona (nee Szromba).

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #B418779.

Patrolman Milton Barnes

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
16 Dec 1959
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
6423
Incident Date:
01 Nov 1975
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
43
End of Watch:
01 Nov 1975
Unit of Assignment:
6th District - Gresham
Date of Birth:
11 Jan 1932
Served:
15 years, 10 months, 19 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
006 - Gresham

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Oak Woods Cemetery - Chicago, 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 Milton Barnes, Star #6423, aged 43 years, was a 15 year, 10 month, 19 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 6th District - Gresham.

On November 1, 1975, at 10:35 p.m., Officer Barnes was working beat 617 with his partners Patrolmen Pleas G. Ranson and C. W. Stewart. The officers responded to a domestic disturbance at 8218 South Drexel Avenue. Upon arrival it was learned that three occupants of this address were having a dispute as to who was the rightful tenant of the premises. The officers were able to settle the basic issues of the dispute. Just after name calling began and a scuffle ensued between the three parties. The officers were able to separate the parties using a bit of restraint during the encounter. Peace was restored and the officer left. Moments after the officers pulled away in their squad car, Officer Barnes began complaining of severe chest pains. The officers rushed him to Michael Reese Hospital where he passed away from a heart attack.

Officer Barnes was waked at the A. R. Leak Funeral Home located at 7838 South Cottage Grove Avenue and he was laid to rest on November 6, 1975 in Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street, Chicago, Illinois

Patrolman Milton (NMN) Barnes, born January 11, 1932, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on December 16, 1959. He was promoted to Investigator on February 3, 1968. On September 16, 1975, he was restored to his Civil Service rank of Patrolman. Officer Barnes earned 1 Department Commendation and 13 Honorable Mentions during his career.

Officer Barnes was survived by his wife, Shirley (nee Williams) and children: Lydia V., age 14 and Milton V., age 8.

Patrolman Frank M. Bastone

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
21 Sep 1953
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
15 Apr 1975
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
46
End of Watch:
15 Apr 1975
Unit of Assignment:
1st District - Central
Date of Birth:
04 May 1928
Served:
21 years, 6 months, 25 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 18
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Frank M. Bastone, Star # Unknown, aged 46 years, was a 21 year, 6 month, 25 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 1st District - Central.

On April 15, 1975, Officer Bastone returned to the Department after five years of medical leave. While on duty in City Hall located at 121 North LaSalle Street he suffered a fatal heart attack and collapsed. He was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Officer Bastone was waked at Galewood Funeral Chapels located at 1857 North Harlem Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Angela Catholic Church located at 5758 West Potomac Avenue and was laid to rest on April 18, 1975 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.

Patrolman Frank M. Bastone, born May 4, 1928, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on September 21, 1953.

Officer Bastone was a member of the Chicago Police Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Italian American Police Association, Illinois Police Association and the St. Jude Police League. He was survived by his wife, Concetta Aiello; Children: Peter and Rosemarie; father, Peter; siblings: Angelo, Carmen, Connie Llotta and Salvatore and stepbrother, Frank Micell.

Patrolman Paul A. Batson

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
01 Jul 1957
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
10018
Incident Date:
22 Dec 1962
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
38
End of Watch:
22 Dec 1962
Unit of Assignment:
14th District - Shakespeare
Date of Birth:
15 Nov 1924
Served:
5 years, 5 months, 21 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
014 - Shakespeare

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 13
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Paul A. Batson, Star #10018, aged 38 years, was a 5 year, 5 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 14th District - Shakespeare.

On December 22, 1962, Officer Batson was on patrol with his partner heading eastbound on west Armitage Avenue. They witnessed a white Chevrolet convertible traveling on the wrong side of Armitage at a high rate of speed, which forced the officers' vehicle into the curb. The officers gave chase, but the driver of the suspect vehicle increased his speed and refused to pull over. As the chase ended, the driver leapt from his vehicle, raised his hands, but refused to turn around as commanded by Batson and his partner. Officer Batson used necessary force to subdue the driver and placed him under arrest. During the arrest, Batson suffered a heart attack and expired.

Officer Batson was waked at Rago Brothers Funeral Home located at 5120 West Fullerton Avenue, his funeral mass was held at Santa Maria Addolorata Catholic Church located at 528 North Ada Street and he was laid to rest on December 24, 1962 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.

Patrolman Paul A. Batson, born November 15, 1924, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 1, 1957.

Officer Batson was survived by his wife, Elaine Ryan; children: Patricia, Philip and Phyllis Ann; mother, Carrie Berger Lewis and sister, Grace Saletta.

Patrolman George T. Bryja

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
13 Jun 1966
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
12557
Incident Date:
27 Jul 1986
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
45
End of Watch:
27 Jul 1986
Unit of Assignment:
22nd District - Morgan Park
Date of Birth:
01 Mar 1941
Served:
20 years, 1 month, 14 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
008 - Chicago Lawn

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Resurrection Catholic Cemetery - Justice, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-9
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 10
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 41
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 9-E: 9

Incident Details:

Patrolman George T. Bryja, Star #12557, aged 45 years, was a 20 year, 1 month, 14 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 22nd District - Morgan Park.

On July 27, 1986, at 3:00 a.m., Officer Bryja was off duty at home, 6612 South Artesian Avenue, when he was awakened by the sound of his wife's car alarm. His wife set the alarm off to summon Officer Bryja when she drove up to the house. Mrs. Brunkella observed two men trying to set a neighbor's garage on fire after spray-painting it with graffiti. Officer Bryja and his 18-year-old son chased the vandals through an alley for four blocks before losing them. When he returned home, he began complaining of chest pains, started to sweat profusely, vomited and then collapsed. At 4:30 a.m., Officer Bryja was transported to Holy Cross Hospital by CFD Ambulance #18 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. A. Shah at 4:51 a.m. on July 27, 1986.

On July 29, 1986, Area 3 detectives located and arrested two juveniles, ages 15 and 16, who were charged with Criminal Damage to Property. The two youths gave a full confession and also claimed there was a thrid boy, age 12, with them at the time of the incident whom was their lookout. On July 31, 1986, the third juvenile, age 13, was identified and arrested. He was also charged with Criminal Damage to Property. Felony charges were denied on all three juveniles by A.S.A. Sublett. All three boys were taken to the Audy home to await their appearance in Juvenile Court on April 30, 1987.

Officer Bryja was waked at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home located at 4727 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, Illinois, his funeral mass was held at Five Holy Martyres Church located at 4327 South Richmond Street and he was laid to rest on July 31, 1986 in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 7201 Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois.

Patrolman George T. Bryja, born March 1, 1941, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on June 13, 1966. He earned 1 Department Commendation and various other awards during his career.

Officer Bryja served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Officer Bryja was survived by his wife, Sharon A. (nee Carlson); children: John, age 18 and Peggy A., age 14. Officer Bryja's son followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Chicago Police Department.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #H328736 and H328740.

On March 2, 2010, Officer Bryja'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.

1 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z

Detective Christopher C. Callahan

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
07 May 1921
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
11 Jun 1938
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
44
End of Watch:
12 Jun 1938
Unit of Assignment:
3rd District - Pekin Inn
Date of Birth:
26 Jun 1893
Served:
17 years, 1 month, 4 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, 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:

Detective Christopher C. Callahan, Star # Unknown, aged 44 years, was a 17 year, 1 month, 4 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 3rd District – Pekin Inn.

On June 11, 1938, Detective Callahan was on duty working at the Pekin Inn Station. While on duty he became ill. Knowing that he had been ill with heart trouble he was ordered by his doctor M. W. K. Byrne to go to the hospital. Detective Callahan left the station and went to Mercy Hospital where he died in the early morning hours on June 12, 1938.

Detective Callahan waked at his residence located at 5533 South Ingleside Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Tomas the Apostle Church located at 5472 South Kimbark Avenue and he was laid to rest on June 15, 1938 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Detective Christopher C. Callahan, born June 26, 1893, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 7, 1921. He earned 12 Credible Mentions and 6 Extra Compensations for Meritorious Conduct totaling $1190.00 during his career. In 1930, he was also awarded the Tribune Monthly Hero Award. On March 21, 1930, he was promoted to Temporary Sergeant for Meritorious Conduct. On April 13, 1931, he was dropped from Temporary Sergeant. Detective Callahan was also at the head of the Sergeant’s promotion list recently posted by the Civil Service Commission at the time of his death.

Detective Callahan was survived by his wife, Marcella McGovern; son, John and siblings: George, Mrs. J. Crilly, Mrs. T. Evoy, Mrs. M. McCormick, Peter and Robert.

On June 25, 2013, Patrolman Moylan's star was retired by Superintendent Garry McCarthy and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

Patrolman Helen P. Cardwell

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
11 May 1970
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
1181
Incident Date:
19 May 1988
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
50
End of Watch:
19 May 1988
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Community Services - Senior Citizens Services Division: Unit 135 - Speakers Unit
Date of Birth:
28 Jan 1938
Served:
18 years, 0 months, 8 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
010 - Ogden

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 12
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 43
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 18-W: 13

Incident Details:

Patrolman Helen P. Cardwell, Star #11815, aged 50 years, was an 18 year, 0 month, 8 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Community Services - Senior Citizens Services Division: Unit 135 - Speakers Unit.

On May 19, 1988, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Officer Cardwell was driving northbound on the 1500 block of South Sacramento Avenue. She was going to pick up her assigned squad car at the Area 4 Motor Maintenance Garage when she lost control of the unmarked pool vehicle and veered into oncoming traffic and into two trees on the opposite side of the road. Witnesses said that they did not see Officer Cardwell take any evasive action when her car swerved and there were no skid marks present at the scene. She was removed from the car by firefighters at 10:45 a.m. and transported to Mount Sinai Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 10:45 a.m. Doctors believe she may have suffered a heart attack or a stroke.

Officer Cardwell was waked at Donnellan Funeral Home located at 10045 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, Illinois, her funeral mass was held at Queen of the Universe Catholic Church located at 7114 South Hamlin Avenue and she was laid to rest on May 23, 1988 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Patrolman Helen P. Cardwell, born January 28, 1938, received her Probationary Appointment to the Department on May 11, 1970. She earned 1 Honorable Mention and 127 Complimentary Letters during her career. She began her career in the Youth Division before being transferred to the Neighborhood Relations Division where she served as one of the original members of the Officer Friendly Program in 1972. Later she was assigned to the Preventative Programs Division. When the speakers unit of the Bureau of Community Services: Senior Citizens Services Division was established in 1982, she became a member. Several times each day, Officer Cardwell would meet with the elderly to teach them the simple but crucial rules of crime prevention. She held a Bachelors, Masters and was working towards a Doctorate Degree at the time of her death.

Officer Cardwell was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. She was survived by her husband Lawrence Killian (CPD), age 53; son, Lawrence Killian, II, age 9 and brother, Daniel. On September 19, 1988, her husband, Lawrence, would pass away from a heart attack while on duty.

Patrolman Thomas J. Carroll

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
27 Oct 1922
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
617
Incident Date:
20 Mar 1949
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
54
End of Watch:
20 Mar 1949
Unit of Assignment:
34th District - Albany Park
Date of Birth:
03 Sep 1894
Served:
26 years, 4 months, 21 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
012 - Near West

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
All Saints Catholic Cemetery - Des Plaines, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-2
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 13
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Thomas J. Carroll, Star #1617, aged 54 years, was a 26 year, 4 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 34th District - Albany Park.

On March 20, 1949, Officer Thomas Carroll and his partner, Patrolman Henry Kosinski, transported a paralytic stroke victim to Cook County Hospital in their squadrol. The elevators at the hospital were out of order and the officers carried the patient up a flight of stairs. After reaching the 2nd floor Officer Carroll began to complain of chest pains and sat down in a nearby chair. Shortly after sitting down Officer Carroll had a fatal heart attack and died.

Officer Carroll was waked at Jennings-Peoples Funeral Home located at 5018-20 West Chicago Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Angela Catholic Church located at 5758 West Potomac Avenue and he was laid to rest on March 23, 1949 in All Saints Catholic Cemetery, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Patrolman Thomas J. Carroll, born September 3, 1894, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 27, 1922. Prior to joining the Chicago Police Department he was a Stationary Fireman.

Officer Carroll was a member of Feehan Council No. 749 Knights of Columbus. He was survived by his wife, Helen Barry and children: Helen, Jeannette, Margaret and Thomas.

On February 20, 2008, Officer Carroll'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 Edgar Allen Clay Jr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
16 Jul 1957
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
1042
Incident Date:
07 Jan 1982
Cause of Death:
Illness - Pulmonary Embolism
Age:
51
End of Watch:
25 Jan 1982
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Operational Services - Youth Division: Unit 071 - Area 1 Youth
Date of Birth:
30 Jun 1930
Served:
24 years, 6 months, 9 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
003 - Grand Crossing

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 16
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 36
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 16-W: 14

Incident Details:

Patrolman Edgar Allen Clay, Jr., Star #10425, aged 51 years, was a 24 year, 6 month, 9 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services - Youth Division: Unit 071 - Area 1 Youth.

On January 6, 1982, at 6:15 p.m., a student of the Hyde Park Career Academy located at 6220 South Stony Island Avenue was robbed by Joel Ford, age 15, of 7016 South Harper Avenue, also a student. Ford approached the victim inside the school and produced a gun and then took the victims gym bag. He then struck the victim in the head with a fist while holding the gun in his other hand and fled the scene.

On January 7, 1982, in the early morning, the victim and his father appeared in Officer Clay's office. Officer Clay was the assigned school officer and on duty at the time. The victim, along with his father, reported the robbery to Officer Clay who filed a police report. Later the same day, at 12:15 p.m., the victim told Officer Clay that he had seen Ford in the school hallway. Officer Clay imediately went into the hallway to look for the suspect. He observed Ford in the hallway, stoped him, and told him to turn around. While attempting to search Ford, he resisted and a struggle ensued. During the struggle the youth caused Officer Clay to fall to the floor, striking his right knee, breaking his kneecap. Officer Clay then became partially incapacitated due to the injury. Several other school personnel heard the commotion and stepped in to assist the officer. They held the offender until police arrived to take him into custody. A custodial search of the offender revealed a loaded .22 caliber revolver with six rounds in his backpack. The juvenile was transported to the 3rd District for processing. Officer Clay was transported to Billings Hospital where he was treated, released and placed on the Medical Roll.

While on the medical Officer Clay developed a blood clot from the knee injury. On January 25, 1982, 1:15 p.m., he was found by his mother-in-law, Ms. Molly Hale, laying on his bedroom floor unresponsive. She called for help and CFD responded. Officer Clay was transported to Jackson Park Hospital by CFD Ambulance #38 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Correa at 2:43 p.m. on January 25, 1982. On January 26, 1982, it was determind by a Cook County Medical Examiner Pathologist that Officer Clay died as the result of a bi-lateral pulmonary embolism in association with a recent leg injury.

Ford was charged as an adult with armed robbery, armed violence, unlawful use of weapon, resisting arrest and aggravated battery. ASA Kevin Horan after reviewing all reports and interviewing witness attempt to receive approval for felony charges on Ford. After consulting with Supervising ASA Joseph LoCallo felony charges were denied.

Officer Clay was waked at A. A. Rayner & Sons Funeral Home located at 318 East 71st Street, his funeral mass was also held at A. A. Rayner & Sons Funeral Home Chapel and he was laid to rest on January 30, 1982 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Patrolman Edgar Allen Clay, Jr., born June 30, 1930, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on July 16, 1957.

Officer Clay served in the Armed Forces, was a veteran of the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Officer Clay was survived by his wife, Kay Frances (nee Hale); children: Angela Kay, age 22, Edgar Allen III, age 21 and Robert Nathanial, age 31; brother, Sidney L. and five grandchildren.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #D007720, D007722 and D026812.

Patrolman Peter J. Connolly

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
27 May 1926
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
19 Oct 1930
Cause of Death:
Explosion - Accidental
Age:
35
End of Watch:
19 Oct 1930
Unit of Assignment:
17th District - New City
Date of Birth:
03 Mar 1895
Served:
4 years, 4 months, 22 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
009 - Deering

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 18
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Peter J. Connolly, Star # Unknown, aged 35 years, was a 4 year, 4 month, 22 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 17th District - New City.

On October 19, 1930, Officer Connolly was on duty working the midnight shift. He stepped into a restaurant located at 1545 West 47th Street and placed an order. After being served coffee he was asked by the waiter to look at a hot water boiler which was not operating properly. Officer Connolly was reading the instructions on the wall when the boiler exploded without warning. Officer Connolly sustained severe burns in the explosion. He was transported to the hospital and died the next day from his injuries.

Officer Connolly was laid to rest on October 22, 1930 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Patrolman Peter J. Connolly, March 3, 1895, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 27, 1926.

Officer Connolly was survived by his wife, Nellie.

Patrolman Leon Theodore Czajka

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
04 Mar 1921
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
21 Jan 1939
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cerebral Hemorrhage
Age:
44
End of Watch:
21 Jan 1939
Unit of Assignment:
Traffic Division
Date of Birth:
09 Apr 1894
Served:
17 years, 10 months, 17 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery - Niles, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 9
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Leon Theodore Czajka, Star # Unknown, aged 44 years, was an 17 year, 10 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Traffic Division.

On January 21, 1939, Traffic Patrolman James Moran attempted to question two men, Alex Gerulis, age 22, and William Severa, age 25, in a suspected stolen auto at Dearborn and Lake Streets when they sped away. The policeman had commandeered a taxi cab, but the cab became stuck in traffic and was unable to pursue the offenders further. The pursuing policemen called to Officer Czajka, who then took up the chase by commandeering a different car at the intersection of Monroe and Dearborn Streets. Gerulis and Severa turned onto westbound Monroe Street and later abandoned their vehicle at Wells Street. At that time Officer Czajka pursued the offenders on foot and apprehended them at Adams and Market Streets. Officer Czajka collapsed as he covered the two suspects with his pistol drawn. Gerulis and Severa attempted to flee the area but were stopped and held by a private citizen, Elwood Zuley, age 23, a police department applicant who was number 1866 on the list. Zuley witnessed the incident, ran over to Officer Czajka's side and picked up his revolver, gave chase and carried out a citizen's arrest one block away holding the suspects for Traffic Patrolman Michael J. Deneen. Tragically, Officer Czajka suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died during the incident.

Alex Gerulis and William Severa were charged with auto theft.

Officer Czajka was waked at a John V. May Funeral Home located at 4553-61 North Milwaukee Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Cornelius Church located at 5205 North Lieb Avenue and he was laid to rest on January 25, 1939 in St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, 6800 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois.

Patrolman Leon Theodore Czajka, born April 9, 1894, received a Temporary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 8, 1919 prior to his Probationary Appointment to the Department on March 4, 1921. He earned 2 Credible Mentions during his career.

Officer Czajka was a member of the Chicago Police Post No. 207 American Legion. He was survived by his wife, Anastasia Chmielewski; mother, Julia Dominikoski and siblings: Frank, John and Tillie Talaska.

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Patrolman James Days

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
23 Jan 1961
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
6154
Incident Date:
10 Nov 1978
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
52
End of Watch:
10 Nov 1978
Unit of Assignment:
21st District - Prairie
Date of Birth:
11 Aug 1926
Served:
17 years, 9 months, 18 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
002 - Wentworth

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Burr Oak Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 1
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 33
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 28-E: 16

Incident Details:

Patrolman James Days, Star #6154, aged 52 years, was a 17 year, 9 month, 18 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 21st District - Prairie.

On November 10, 1978, at 2:30 a.m., Officer Days and his partner, Patrolman Phylis Townsend were working beat 2141. While on patrol they observed a suspicious vehicle, a red Audi, which contained several occupants acting erratically in the vicinity of 51st Street and Woodlawn Avenue. The suspicious vehicle had a green light but was not moving, but rather standing still with its high beam lights flashing on and off. Officer Townsend pulled the squad car close to look inside the vehicle. The vehicle then drove off increasing speed and began weaving. The officers initiated a pursuit and approximately one block later, as the vehicle was still moving, the driver and passenger jumped out and fled on foot.. The vehicle continued to move and crashed into a tree coming to a stop at 1357 East Madison Park Avenue. Both officer began to pursue the suspects on foot. Officer Days had already called the pursuit into the Communication Operations Section (COS) and responding units were converging on the area. While in pursuit, Officer Townsend heard that a man was down at 50th Street, she would later learn it was her partner. Responding to the pursuit, Sergeant S. Castaneda, beat 2120, discovered Officer Days laying on the sidewalk in front of 1371 East 50th Street unconscious. Officer Days was transported to Billings Hospital by beat 2172, arriving at 2:50 a.m., he was pronounced dead by Dr. Dubnow at 3:25 a.m. on November 10, 1978. Officer billings had gone into cardiac arrest during the foot prusuit and died as a result.

Prince Willis, age 19, of 65 East Harrison Street, was arrested by Sergeant Crozier of the University of Chicago Police Department. The sergeant had responded to the officer's radio message for help and located Willis in the vicinity of the foot chase. Willis was positively identified by Officer Townsend as the driver of the fleeing vehicle. It was learned that the car Willis was driving was reported stolen from 5324 South Kimbark Avenue at 12:59 on November 10, 1978. Willis was later charged with possession of stolen auto.

Officer Days was waked at Canaan Baptist Church located at 6659 South Harvard Avenue, his funeral services were held at Progressive Funeral Parlor located at 7208 South Stony Island Avenue and he was laid to rest on November 15, 1978 in Burr Oak Cemetery, 4400 West 127th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Patrolman James (NMN) Days, born August 11, 1926, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 23, 1961.

Officer Days served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943 thru 1948, was a veteran of the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged. He was survived by his wife, Doreatha Rebecca (nee Bryant) age 46; son, Melvin Leroy, age 18, mother, Leola Benable (nee Sanker) and siblings: Mattie, Morgan, Ruth and William.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #Z410909 Theft Report and Z411000 Hospitalization Report.

Patrolman Edgar A. DeCuir

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
17 Apr 1952
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
4461
Incident Date:
22 Dec 1972
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
49
End of Watch:
22 Dec 1972
Unit of Assignment:
2nd District - Wentworth
Date of Birth:
16 Aug 1923
Served:
20 years, 8 months, 5 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
002 - Wentworth

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 2
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Not Listed

Incident Details:

Patrolman Edgar A. DeCuir, Star #4461, aged 49 years, was a 20 year, 8 month, 5 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 2nd District - Wentworth.

On December 22, 1972, Patrolman DeCuir was working in the 2nd District lockup. While processing a prisoner, he was assaulted and a struggle ensued. The prisoner was subdued, but Officer DeCuir became ill and suffered a heart attack, dying before any medical attention could be summoned.

Officer DeCuir was waked Griffin Funeral Home located at 3232 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and he was laid to rest on December 27, 1972 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Patrolman Edgar A. DeCuir, born August 16, 1923, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 17, 1952. On August 15, 1952, Officer DeCuir reported his star, Star #4454, as lost and was issued a new replacement star, Star #4461. Upon his death, his replacement star was not retired and was reissued to Patrolman John A. Cruz on February 19, 1973.

Officer DeCuir was survived by his wife, Mattie Marshall.

Patrolman Albert Lee Dixon Jr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
26 Dec 1989
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
4127
Incident Date:
1992-09-09
Cause of Death:
Illness - Other
Age:
40
End of Watch:
1992-09-12
Unit of Assignment:
15th District - Austin
Date of Birth:
01 Jul 1952
Served:
2 years, 8 months, 14 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
015 - Austin

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Oakridge Cemetery - Hillside, 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 Albert Lee Dixon, Jr., Star #4127, aged 40 years, was a 2 year, 8 month, 14 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 15th District - Austin Tactical Unit.

On September 9, 1992, at 7:40 p.m., Officer Dixon was working in plainclothes with his partner Patrolman Royal Webster. They responded to another officer's call for assistance and became engaged in a foot pursuit in which they apprehended Victor Townsel, age 17, of 5009 West Washington Street, wanted for robbery. Shortly after placing HHHH in custody, Officer Dixon began complaining that he did not feel well and was having chest pains numbness. Officer Webster immediately transported Officer Dixon to Loretto Hospital where he was treated by Dr. Bank. Dr. Bank stated that Officer Dixon was in serious condition and needed to be transferred to a different hospital for treatment. He had suffered an aneurysm and fell into a coma. Officer Dixon was then transported to Michael Reese Hospital by CFD Ambulance #28. He was placed on a respirator and it was later determined that he was brain dead. Officer Dixon was taken off the respirator and died shortly thereafter, he was pronounced dead by Dr. Martin G. Luken at 12:25 p.m. on September 12, 1992.

Officer Dixon was waked at A.A. Rayner & Sons Funeral Home located at 5511 West Madison Street, his funeral mass was also held at A.A. Rayner & Sons Funeral Home and he was laid to rest on September 17, 1992 in Oakridge Cemetery, 4301 West Roosevelt Road, Hillside, Illinois..

Patrolman Albert Lee Dixon, Jr., born July 1, 1952, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on December 26, 1989.

Officer Dixon was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Edwina (nee Stennis) and children: Donald Dwayne, age 19 Jennifer, age 7 months and Kewan Delfon, age 17.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #T404640 Robbery Report and T428130 Hospitalization Report.

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Park Policeman Arthur J. Eiberg

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Agency:
Chicago Park District Police Department
Appointed Date:
Unknown
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
03 May 1957
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
63
End of Watch:
03 May 1957
Unit of Assignment:
North Section
Date of Birth:
30 Dec 1893
Served:
Length of Service Unknown
District of Incident (Present Day):
017 - Albany Park

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
All Saints Catholic 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:

Park Policeman Arthur J. Eiberg, Star # Unknown, aged 63 years, was a veteran of the Chicago Park District Police Department, assigned to the North Section.

On May 3, 1957, Officer Eiberg was walking his beat in Kilbourn Park near the intersection of Addison Street and Kilbourn Avenue when he became ill and collapsed. Officer Eiberg died from a heart attack. His body was directly transported to Theis Funeral Home located at 3517-27 North Pulaski Road.

Officer Eiberg was waked at Theis Funeral Home located at 3517-27 North Pulaski Road, his funeral mass was held at St. Hillary Church located at 5600 North Fairfield Avenue and he was laid to rest on May 7, 1957 in All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Park Policeman Arthur J. Eiberg was born on December 30, 1893.

Officer Eiberg was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Eleanor Eiberg; children: Jean E. Heidkamp and Joan E. Donley; sister, Lillian Huleu and three grandchildren.

The Chicago Park District Police Department, in the City of Chicago, was disbanded on December 31, 1957. On January 1, 1958, the remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Police Department through an intergovernmental agreement. Fallen officers of the Chicago Park District Police Department are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers. Their stars are displayed in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case located in the lobby of the Chicago Police Department at 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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Patrolman Julian W. Ford Jr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
25 Oct 1971
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
15949
Incident Date:
22 Mar 1984
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
36
End of Watch:
22 Mar 1984
Unit of Assignment:
14th District - Shakespeare
Date of Birth:
14 Feb 1948
Served:
12 years, 5 months, 2 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
014 - Shakespeare

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens Cemetery - Glenwood, 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 Julian W. Ford, Jr., Star #15949, aged 36 years, was a 12 year, 5 month, 2 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 14th District - Shakespeare.

On March 27, 1984, at 6:15 p.m., Officer Ford was on duty working beat 1486. He was walking his foot post at Pulaski Park located at 1419 West Blackhawk Street. While walking across the floor of the basketball court, Officer Ford colapsed. Two park employees observed the officer collapse and called for help. Beat 1434, Patrolmen T. W. Martin and R. S. Meuller was assigned to the call of a policeman down and responded. Officer Ford was transported to St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital by CFD Ambulance #43 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. V Patel at 7:15 p.m. on March 27, 1984. Officer Ford was then transported to the Medical Examiner's Office by beat 1471. It was determined that Officer Ford's death was from an apparent heart attack.

Officer Ford was waked at A.A. Rayner and Sons Funeral Home, his funeral mass was held at First Unity Missionary Baptist Church located at 5129 South Indiana Avenue and he was laid to rest on April 2, 1984 in Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens Cemetery, 18301 South Glenwood Thornton Road, Glenwood, Illinois.

Patrolman Julian W. Ford, Jr., born February 14, 1948, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on October 25, 1971.

Officer Ford served in the Armed Forces, was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was Honorably Discharged. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Officer Ford was survived by his wife, Linda Diane (nee Hill), age 33, child, LaRon Dwayne McGee, age 7 and parents, Earline (nee Gilmore) and Julian W. Ford, Sr.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #F110328.

Patrolman Victor Junior Frankiewicz

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
19 Jun 1961
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
8988
Incident Date:
27 Nov 1985
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
58
End of Watch:
27 Nov 1985
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Technical Services: Unit 173 - Motor Maintenance Division
Date of Birth:
19 Aug 1927
Served:
24 years, 5 months, 8 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
005 - Calumet

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Resurrection Catholic Cemetery - Justice, 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 Victor Junior Frankiewicz, Star #8988, aged 58 years, was a 24 year, 5 month, 8 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to Bureau of Technical Services: Unit 173 - Motor Maintenance Division.

On November 27, 1985, at 9:45 p.m., Officer Frankiewicz was on duty working at the Area 2 garage located at 727 East 111th Street when he began complaining of chest pains. Beat 532, Patrolmen E. Howard and D. Allen were assigned a call of an injured police officer and responded. The responding officers requested CFD over Zone 9 and CFD Ambulance #37 responded and arrived on scene. Once the ambulance was on scene Officer Frankiewicz collapsed and paramedics began CPR. Officer Frankiewicz was transported to Roseland Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Pacis at 10:41 p.m. on November 27, 1985. His cause of death was determined to be from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Officer Frankiewicz was waked at Soltes Funeral Home located at 2746 West 51st Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Michael's Church located at 4821 South Damen Avenue and he was laid to rest on December 2, 1985 in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 7201 Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois. His grave is located in Lot No. 8, Block 27, Section 67, Grave No. 1.

Patrolman Victor Junior Frankiewicz, born August 19, 1927, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on June 19, 1961.

Officer Frankiewicz was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Joan (nee Budz) and children: Carolyn, age 22, Patricia, age 26 and Victor, age 25.

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Patrolman Frank Gerber

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
23 Aug 1889
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
Unknown
Incident Date:
04 Feb 1923
Cause of Death:
Animal Bite
Age:
60
End of Watch:
04 Mar 1923
Unit of Assignment:
District 32 - North Robey
Date of Birth:
06 Dec 1862
Served:
33 years, 6 months, 6 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
019 - Town Hall

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Other - Not Listed
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 Frank Gerber, Star # Unknown, aged 60 years, was a 33 year, 6 month, 6 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 32nd District - North Robey.

On approximately February 4, 1923, Officer Gerber responded to a disturbance regarding a rabid dog. He had been called to a home on Cuyler Avenue to kill the dog, but was bitten as he attempted to do so. He received medical attention for the bite but later developed hydrophobia, an extreme or irrational fear of water. This condition is a symptom of rabies in humans and it was then learned that he had contracted rabies from the dog bite. He underwent treatment for the rabies. On March 4, 1923, one month after the incident, Officer Gerber died from a side effect of the rabies treatment that he received. His official cause of death was listed as Paralysis.

Officer Gerber was waked at his residence located at 3831 North Hamlin Avenue, his funeral mass was also held at his residence and he was laid to rest on March 7, 1923 in Niles Center Cemetery which was later renamed St. Peter Catholic Cemetery, 8115 Niles Center Road, Skokie, Illinois.

Patrolman Frank Gerber, born December 6, 1862, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 23, 1889. On March 15, 1898, he was given a Civil Service promotion.

Officer Gerber was survived by his wife, Mathilde Jeske; children: Amanda, Anton F., Josephine and Tillie; siblings: Anne and Joe and siblings: Anna Neisen and Joe Gerig.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

Robey Street was later renamed Damen Avenue. Robey Street was named for James Robey a real estate developer. Damen Avenue was named after Father Arnold Damen. In 1857 Father Damen founded Holy Family Parish and it was the fourth largest church in the country when it was built. He was also the founder of St. Ignatius College which became Loyola University.

Patrolman Thomas R. Gesiorski

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
01 Oct 1956
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
5462
Incident Date:
26 Dec 1977
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
52
End of Watch:
26 Dec 1977
Unit of Assignment:
7th District - Englewood
Date of Birth:
23 Dec 1925
Served:
21 years, 2 months, 25 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
007 - Englewood

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Resurrection Catholic Cemetery - Justice, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-9
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 2
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 5, Line 16
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 61-W: 28

Incident Details:

Patrolman Thomas R. Gesiorski, Jr. Star #5462, aged 52 years, was a 21 year, 2 month, 25 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 7th District - Englewood.

On December 26, 1977, Officer Gesiorski and his partner, Patrolman John Parker were working the third watch on beat 733. The officers responded to a call of a man shot at 6450 South Eggleston Avenue in a third floor apartment. Upon arrival the officers located Richard Huff, age 42, of 918 East 56th Street, who had been shot in the chest. The officers requested an ambulance respond, but none was available. Officer Gesiorski and his partner then made the decision to place Mr. Huff on a stretcher and carry him down three flights of stairs. They then placed him in the back of their squadrol and rushed him to St. Bernard Hospital located at 326 West 64th Street. Just after the officers brought Mr. Huff into the emergency room, at 7:10 p.m., Officer Gesiorski became ill and collapsed to the floor. Hospital staff attempted to revive him but were unsuccessful. Officer Gesiorski was pronounced dead by Dr. Hill at 7:30 p.m. on On December 26, 1977. The Cook County Medical Examiner found that his death was caused by acute coronary insufficiency in association with stress from heavy lifting.

Officer Gesiorski was waked at Egan Funeral Home located at 3700 West 63 Street, his funeral mass was held at Queen of the Universe Church located at 7114 South Hamlin Avenue and he was laid to rest on December 30, 1977 in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 7201 Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois.

Patrolman Thomas R. Gesiorski, Jr., born December 23, 1925, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 1, 1956.

Officer Gesiorski served in the Armed Forces, was a veteran of World War II and was Honorably Discharged. He was a member of the Chicago Police Officers Local 1975 and the St. Jude Police League. Officer Gesiorski was survived by his children: Dennis, Karen Demeier, Richard (CPD) and Thomas; siblings: Adele Stasschuk, Catherine Zieniek and Stephanie Musielak and four grandchildren.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #Y475707.

On June 25, 2013, Officer Gesiorski's star was retired by Superintendent Garry McCarthy and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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