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.

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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 #:
9044
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 #9044, 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, Illinois Police Association, Italian American Police Association and the St. Jude Police League. He was survived by his wife, Concetta (nee 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 (nee Ryan); children: Patricia, Philip and Phyllis Ann; mother, Carrie (nee Berger Lewis) and sister, Grace Saletta.

Patrolman John Blazek

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
26 Oct 1922
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
1381
Incident Date:
1948-01-16
Cause of Death:
Unknown Cause of Death
Age:
52
End of Watch:
1948-01-17
Unit of Assignment:
22nd District - Maxwell
Date of Birth:
14 Mar 1895
Served:
25 years, 2 months, 22 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
009 - Deering

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Bohemian National 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 John Blazek, Star #1381, aged 52 years, was a 25 year, 2 month, 22 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 22nd District - Maxwell.

On January 16, 1948, between the hours of 12:00 am and 8:00 am, Officer Blazek was on duty working as the lockup keeper in the Maxwell Street Station. While working in the Cell Room he was pushed / struck causing him to strike his head against a hard object. It is presently not known if he was pushed / struck by a prisoner. It is also not known whether he struck his head against the floor or some other object. After the fall Officer Blazek remained on duty and worked the rest of his shift. After he left work he made it most of the way home before calling a friend who he told the above to. His friend then gave him a ride home. While at home Officer Blazek asked his wife for aspirin and then went to bed. Officer Blazek then passed away in his sleep. His wife later found him unresponsive and he was transported to Hines Hospital where he was pronounced dead on January 16, 1948.

A Coroner's Inquest found his cause of death to be from a fractured skull resulting in a subdural hematoma. The Coroner also ruled his death accidental as a result of his duties as a Chicago Police Officer.

Officer Blazek was waked at the Szykowny Funeral Home located at 4907 South Archer Avenue, his funeral mass was held at the Szykowny Funeral Home and he was laid to rest on January 20, 1948 in Bohemian National Cemetery, 5255 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman John Blazek, born March 14, 1895, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 26, 1922. Prior to joining the Chicago Police Department he was a Stationary Fireman.

Officer Blazek served in the U.S. Army from July 28, 1917 thru April 11, 1919, was assigned to the 59th Infantry, 4th Division, Company I, was a veteran of World War I and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Sergeant. He was also a member of Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association, Police Progressive Council Royal Arcanum and Post 1313 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Officer Blazek was survived by his wife, Mae (nee Clohesey), age 47; children: John W. and William J.; mother, Betty (nee Koukalik) and sister, Sylvia Tuma.

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 and was Honorably Discharged. 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.

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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:
Panel # D-11
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, Sr. (CPD), age 53; son, Lawrence Killian, Jr., age 9 and brother, Daniel. On September 19, 1988, her husband, Lawrence, would pass away from a heart attack while on duty.

On July 23, 2019, Officer Cardwell's star was retired by Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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 (nee 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 #:
742
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 #742, 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 served in the Armed Forces and was Honorably Discharged. He was also a member of the Chicago Police Post No. 207 American Legion. Officer Czajka was survived by his wife, Anastasia (nee Chmielewski); mother, Julia (nee 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 (nee 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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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:
St. Peter Catholic Cemetery - Skokie, 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 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 (nee 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 also 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.

Patrolman Richard Francis Gipson

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
11 Feb 1946
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
3451
Incident Date:
04 Feb 1981
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
56
End of Watch:
04 Feb 1981
Unit of Assignment:
16th District - Jefferson Park
Date of Birth:
09 Dec 1924
Served:
34 years, 11 months, 24 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
016 - Jefferson Park

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
All Saints Catholic Cemetery - Des Plaines, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-7
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 14
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 35
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 16-E: 1

Incident Details:

Patrolman Richard Francis Gipson, Star #3451, aged 56 years, was a 34 year, 11 month, 24 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 16th District - Jefferson Park O'Hare International Airport Detail.

On February 4, 1981, at 11:30 a.m., one day away from retirement, he was directing traffic at O'Hare International Airport on the upper level when he was called into the American Airlines terminal to investigate two suspicious women, Brandie Mason, age 27, of 1834 North Orleans Avenue and Denise Herlihy, age 30, of 1834 North Orleans Avenue. The women had purchased two Trans World Airlines (TWA) airline tickets from Chicago to Newark with a stolen American Express credit card in the name of Marayat M. Mark. At approximately 10:00 a.m. the women had made it onto the plane, but before it departed an TWA employee, Mr. R. E. Zingaro, confirmed the tickets were purchased with a stolen credit card. The two women were deplaned and sent on their way. The TWA employees then notified American and United Airlines by phone about the suspicious pair. Shortly thereafter Mason approached an American Airline ticket counter with Herlihy and attempted to purchase another pair of tickets. This time they attempted to pay by check using three forms of identification in the name of Mary Gillis. The American Airlines employee, Janice Dye was working the counter with Herb Briick, airline security officer. Using a ruse, Mr. Briick asked the women to follow him to his office to “ straighten the matter out.“ He escorted the two women into his office where Officer Gipson was waiting. Mr. Briick then contacted the bank to confirm the checks authenticity. The bank was able to confirm that the check was stolen and being used fraudulently. Mr. Briick then hung up the phone and informed Officer Gipson that the two women were phonies. At this time Mason reached over the desk and grabbed the check attempting to eat same. A struggle ensued in an attempt to preserve the evidence and in the process Officer Gipson was knocked to the floor. After a short struggle Mr. Briick was able to gain control and place both Mason and Herlihy in hand cuffs. It was then that he realized Officer Gipson was still lying on the floor unconscious. Mr. Briick then summoned help and CFD Ambulance #16 arrived. Upon arrival Ambulance #16 requested help from Ambulance #39 which arrived a few minutes later. The paramedics gave medical attention to the officer until approximately 1:00 p.m. Officer Gipson was transported to Resurrection Hospital by CFD Ambulance #16 where he was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Ney at 1:25 p.m. on February 4, 1981. His cause of death was determined to be from occlusive coronary atherosclerotic heart disease in association with stress by the Medical Examiner.

Both women were arrested and eventually transported to the Area 5 Violent Crimes Unit located at 5555 West Grand Avenue. On February 4, 1981, at 10:20 p.m., Brandie Mason was charged with two counts of forgery and aggravated battery. Denise Herlihy was charged with theft.

Officer Gipson was waked at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home located at 6150 North Cicero Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Thecla Church located at 6725 West Devon Avenue and he was laid to rest on February 7, 1981 in All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Patrolman Richard Francis Gipson, born December 9, 1924, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on February 11, 1946.

Officer Gipson served in the U.S. Army, was a veteran of World War II and was Honorably Discharged. He was also a member of the Illinois Police Association, Fraternal Order of Police and the St. Jude Police League. Officer Gipson was survived by his wife, Irene E. (nee Byrne); daughter, Gail Patricia Facchini, age 29; mother Marie (nee Dogan); siblings: John and Patricia Gilbert and grandchildren: William Facchini III and Mark Facchini.

On November 14, 2006, Officer Gipson'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.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #C044246.

Patrolman Thomas Joseph Glynn

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
02 Mar 1953
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
6933
Incident Date:
20 Sep 1974
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
46
End of Watch:
20 Sep 1974
Unit of Assignment:
8th District - Chicago Lawn
Date of Birth:
03 Jan 1928
Served:
21 years, 6 months, 18 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
008 - Chicago Lawn

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 15
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 29
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 61-E: 3

Incident Details:

Patrolman Thomas Joseph Glynn, Star #6933, aged 46 years, was a 21 year, 6 months 18 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 8th District - Chicago Lawn.

On September 20, 1974, at 9:10 p.m., Officer Glynn and his partner, Officer William Murphy, age 28, were working the third watch on beat 802. While on patrol the officers spotted Isabel McKenna, age 18, at Hale Park location at 6242 West 62nd Street, who was under a court order to stay away from the park. McKenna had been previously arrested for marijuana, was found guilty, and sentenced to six months of probation one month prior to this incident. The officers ordered her to leave the park when her friend, David Bridges, age 18, of 6215 South Moody Avenue, interfered and told the officers he didn't have to leave. The officers ordered Bridges to leave the park and not interfere in the matter. At this time Bridges became abusive and began to argue causing a commotion. The officer then him that he was under arrest for obstructing a police officer. As Bridges was being escorted to the squad car he began to resist by kicking and punching the officers. As a result of the fight both officers sustained torn shirts, the star being ripped off Officer Glynn's shirt, and bruises during the altercation. Bridges was placed in hand cuffs and transported to the 8th District - Chicago Lawn station, located at 3515 West 63rd Street, for processing. Upon arriving to the Station Officer Glynn parked the squad car and as he exited the driver's side he collapsed and fell face down on the street. Another officer observed this and notified his partner. Officer Murphy ran over and immediately began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation while an ambulance was summoned. Officer Glynn was transported to Holy Cross Hospital by beat 871 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Lim at 9:35 p.m. on September 20, 1974. his death was caused by acute coronary insufficiency secondary to severe stenosing coronary atherosclerosis, associated with contusion of the face, caused when the officer collapsed.

On September 20, 1974, David Bridges was charged with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of obstruction of a police officer. Following a Coroner's Inquest Area 3 detectives sought to charge Bridges with murder and received felony approval from Assistant States Attorney Joseph Urso. On November 8, 1974, at 6:45 p.m., he was arrested again at his residence and charged with murder for the death of Officer Glynn. On November 22, 1974, Briges was held to the Grand Jury which returned a True Bill for murder. On October 28, 1975, Bridges entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced by Judge Machala to 3 years of probation and 2 years of periodic imprisonment.

Officer Glynn was waked at Lain & Son Chapel located at 2121 West 95th Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Symphorosa Catholic Church located at 6125 South Austin Avenue and he was laid to rest on September 24, 1974 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Patrolman Thomas Joseph Glynn, born January 3, 1928, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 2, 1953.

Officer Glynn served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1946 thru 1951 and was Honorably Discharged. He was also a member of the Confederation of Police and the St. Jude Police League. Officer Glynn was survived by his wife, Philomena Margaret (nee O’Neill), age 41; children: Ann Marie, age 11, Brendan Michael, age 5, John Oliver, age 13, Patricia Michelle, age 12, Philomena Elizabeth, age 17, Maureen Carol, age 15, Sean and Tom; mother, Margaret (nee Conway) and siblings: Barbara Garner, Loretta Carroll, Mary Fraser, Michael, Patricia McDermott and William J.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #P455387.

Patrolman Gary M. Gradle

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
11 Aug 1986
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
9366
Incident Date:
05 Apr 1996
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
38
End of Watch:
06 Apr 1996
Unit of Assignment:
4th District - South Chicago
Date of Birth:
11 Oct 1957
Served:
9 years, 7 months, 25 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
004 - South Chicago

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-10
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 15
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Inclusion Request Declined

Incident Details:

Patrolman Gary M. Gradle, Star #9366, aged 38 years, was a 9 year, 7 month, 25 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 4th District - South Chicago.

On March 24, 1991, at 9:40 p.m., Officer Gradle was working 10-99 and responded to a call of a "Man with a Gun" at 81st Street and Houston Avenue. He entered a dark garage and was shot point-blank range in the chest just below the sternum. His bullet proof vest stopped the round from penetrating. Officer Gradle staggered from the gunshot but was able to recover and return fire. The offender then fled the scene and was able to make good his escape. Officer Gradle was transported to a South Chicago Community Hospital where he was examined and discharged within an hour of the initial shooting. As a result from the trauma of the bullet's impact, Officer Gradle sustained a 1 1/2"" bruise to his chest, he later recovered and was returned to full duty.

On April 5, 1996, at 11:00 p.m., Officer Gradle was working the third watch on Beat 453 when he was discovered by a citizen slumped over the wheel of his squad car #7132, while in traffic, gasping for breath at 11735 South Avenue O. The citizen ran to the nearby fire house located at 11641 South Avenue O and alerted CFD. CFD Amnulance #25 responded and found Officer Gradle inside his squad car unconcious with no pulse. They placed the officer in the ambulance and administered CPR while enroute to St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Hammond, Indiana. Officer Gradle was pronounced dead at 12:03 a.m. on April 6, 1996 from a heart attack.

Officer Gradle was waked at Thompson and Kuenster Funeral Home located at 5570 West 95th Street, his funeral mass was held at St. John Fischer Catholic Church located at 10234 South Washtenaw Avenue, was cremated on April 9, 1996 at Woodlawn Crematory located at 7750 Cermak Road, Forest Park, Illinois and laid to rest on April 15, 1996 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois. His crypt is located in the Mausoleum of the Archangels, Tier 2C, Crypt 450.

Patrolman Gary M. Gradle, born October 11, 1957, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 11, 1986.

Officer Gradle was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth A.; children: Claire and Joseph; parents: George (CPD) and Marian; brother and sister.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #A238625.

At the time of Officer Gradle's heart attack, the reporting officers made note in the above case report and in his Injury on Duty report, "Several years ago, Officer Gradle suffered on-duty gunshot trauma to the chest. It is unknown if the two incidents are related." Paperwork for inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Fund (NLEOMF) was submitted in July 2016 by the Chicago Police Department. On September 15, 2016, the NLEOMF's pathologist requested copies of Officer Gradle's autopsy and toxicology reports. The reports were submitted and on December 20, 2016 the Chicago Police Department received word that the NLEOMF did not approve Officer Gradle's name for inclusion on their wall as a "Line of Duty" death. NLEOMF stated the circumstances of Officer Gradle's death did not meet their criteria for inclusion because their pathologist was unable to link the gunshot wound to his cause of death.

On July 17, 2018, Officer Gradle's star was retired by Superintendent of Police Eddie T. Johnson 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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Patrolman Edwin J. Halloran

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
05 Feb 1915
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
214
Incident Date:
26 Dec 1926
Cause of Death:
Illness - Sepsis
Age:
37
End of Watch:
14 Jan 1927
Unit of Assignment:
District 30 - Sheffield
Date of Birth:
28 May 1889
Served:
11 years, 11 months, 9 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
019 - Town Hall

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Calvary Cemetery - Evanston, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 17
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 2, Line 18
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 6-E: 16

Incident Details:

Patrolman Edwin J. Halloran, Star #214, aged 37 years, 11 year, 11 month, 9 day was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the District 30 - Sheffield.

On December 26, 1926, Officer Halloran was cranking a police flivver, a small police vehicle, when the crank handle kicked back and bruised his left arm. Officer Halloran paid no attention to the injury and believed it to be a simple bruise. It wasn’t until January when blood poisoning began to develop. In January, 1927, he was taken to St. Mary Hospital where his left arm had to be amputated. Officer Halloran then developed a condition at the time called “septicemia of a pangremous condition of the forearm“ which was directly linked to the crank handle incident. On January 14, 1927, Officer Halloran died from the septicemia due to the chain of events of the crank handle incident.

Officer Halloran was waked at his residence located at 1146 West Newport Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Sebastian Catholic Church located at 820 West Wellington Avenue and he was laid to rest on January 17, 1927 in Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois.

Patrolman Edwin J. Halloran, born May 28, 1889, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on Feb 5, 1915. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career.

Officer Halloran was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Irene (nee Duffy); children: Edwina, Florence, and Mary; mother, Mary (nee Fergus) and siblings: Anna; George and Loretta.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

Patrolman Joseph Francis Higgins

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
16 Sep 1956
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
9956
Incident Date:
23 Mar 1975
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
43
End of Watch:
23 Mar 1975
Unit of Assignment:
6th District - Gresham
Date of Birth:
12 Jun 1931
Served:
18 years, 6 months, 7 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
022 - Morgan Park

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-6
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 21
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 30
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 24-E: 17

Incident Details:

Patrolman Joseph Francis Higgins, Star #9956, aged 43 years, was an 18 year, 6 month, 7 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 6th District - Gresham.

On March 23, 1975, at 9:43 p.m., Officer Higgins was working with his partner, Patrolman Kenneth Wolfe, on beat 613. The officers responded as an assist unit to a suspicious auto call at 9915 South Wood Street, which was assigned to beat 618, Patrolmen J. Conlon and R. Dunbar. Upon arrival the units met with Bob Umecker of the same address who related that he heard breaking glass and observed someone climbing through a rear door window in the rear of 1735 West 99th Street. The officers observed the parked auto from their location and could see lights flashing on and off inside the home They radioed in for assistance and a canine unit. Beat 613 and Canine unit, beat 6933, Canine Handlers Balzano and Irgang, responded. The officers surrounded the house covering all routes of escape, beat 613 took up guard at the rear and beat 618 at the front. The canine handlers made entry into the home through the rear door with their dogs, K-9 "Duke" and K-9 "Hen-Tu." The canine unit encountered the offender, David Isreal (alias George Williams), age 61, of 8314 South Lafayette Avenue, in the kitchen. Isreal then ran out the rear door of the home after being bitten by the dogs. Officer Higgins was waiting and a struggle ensued between Officer Higgins and Isreal, who was eventually subdued with the help of assisting officers; Patrolmen J. Conlon, Richard Dunbar, E. Todd, K. Wolfe and Lieutenant Thomas Faragoi. After Isreal was placed into custody Officer Higgins began to complain of dizziness, grabbed his chest and collapsed. He was transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park by beat 670 where he was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Green at 9:22 p.m. on March 23, 1975. His cause of death was from a heart attack. Isreal was also transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park by beat 671 and treated for dog bite wounds on both arms and legs.

David Isreal was charged with burglary and three counts of resisting arrest. At the time of the incident, he was on parole for burglary.

Officer Higgins was waked at Kenny Brothers Funeral Home located at 3600 West 95th Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Alexander Catholic Church located at 7025 West 12th Street, Palos Heights, Illinois and he was laid to rest on March 26, 1975 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Patrolman Joseph Francis Higgins, born June 12, 1931, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on September 16, 1956. He earned 1 Honored Police Star (posthumously) and 15 Honorable Mentions during his career.

Officer Higgins served in the Armed Forces, was a veteran of the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged. He was survived by his wife, Barbara Ann (nee Hopkins), age 41; children: Margaret Mary, age 15, Mary Francis, age 13, Nora Anne, age 7 and William Edward, age 11 and mother: Mae (nee Buckley).

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #T109873.

On May 25, 2006, Officer Higgins' 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, 1121 South State Street. In 2000, Chicago Police Headquarters moved to a new facility at 3510 South Michigan Avenue, Officer Higgins' Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.

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