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 Edwin J. Halloran
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
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.