PERFORMANCE OF DUTY DEATHS
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.
Patrolman Frank Gerber
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
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
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
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
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.