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 Robert Ernest Marousek Sr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
14 Dec 1970
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
15453
Incident Date:
28 Feb 1981
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
35
End of Watch:
28 Feb 1981
Unit of Assignment:
12th District - Monroe
Date of Birth:
05 Jun 1945
Served:
10 years, 2 months, 14 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
012 - Near West

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Resurrection Catholic Cemetery - Justice, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-11
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 19
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 3, Line 35
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 16-E: 6

Incident Details:

Patrolman Robert Ernest Marousek, Sr., Star #15453, aged 35 years, was an 10 year, 2 month, 14 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 12th District - Monroe.

On February 28, 1981, at 7:45 a.m., Officer Marousek and his partner, Patrolman William Kent, were working the second watch on beat 1271. Beat 1230, Sergeant Gillen was on patrol and at 7:05 a.m. he observed a man lying on the sidewalk at 15 South Aberdeen Street . Upon further investigation the man, John Doe, was found to be unresponsive. The sergeant request CFD and beat 1275 to report to the scene. CFD responded and was unable to revive the man. Beat 1275 was assigned to handle the transport of the body. At 7:29 a.m., the job was reassigned to Officers Kent and Marousek and they responded to the scene. Upon arrival Officer Marousek and his partner loaded the body into their squadrol and closed the doors. While walking to the front of the squadrol Officer Marousek collapsed to the ground. Officer Kent began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on his partner, but despite his efforts Officer Marousek died from a heart attack. Officer Marousek was transported to the University of Illinois Hospital by beat 1273 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. James L. Wade at 8:52 a.m. on February 28, 1981. Following Officer Marousek's removal to the hospital the John Doe was transferred into beat 1275's squadrol. He was transported to Cook County Hospital by beat 1275 and pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Sullivan at 7:55 a.m. on February 28, 1981. Officer Marousek's death was caused from a heart attack.

Officer Marousek was waked at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home located at 4727 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, Illinois, his funeral mass was held at St. Rene Goupil Church located at 6946 West 63rd Place and was laid to rest on March 4, 1981 in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 7201 Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois.

Patrolman Robert Ernest Marousek, born June 5, 1945, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on December 14, 1970.

Officer Marousek was survived by his wife, Bonnie Lou (nee Tejack); son, Robert Ernest, Jr., age 14 and brother, John.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #C074280 John Doe Hospitalization Case Report and C074415 Officer Marousek Hospitalization Case Report.

On July 23, 2019, Officer Marousek'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 Ronald Charles McAuley

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
15 Apr 1959
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
5289
Incident Date:
1985-11-05
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
49
End of Watch:
1985-11-05
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Investigative Services - Detective Division: Unit 146 - Major Accident Investigation Section
Date of Birth:
28 Sep 1936
Served:
26 years, 6 months, 21 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
001 - Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Ridgewood 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:

Patrolman Ronald Charles McAuley, Star #5289, aged 49 years, was a 26 year, 6 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Investigative Services - Detective Division: Unit 146 - Major Accident Investigation Section.

On November 5, 1985, at 7:00 p.m., Officer McAuley was on duty working the third watch in civilian clothes on beat 3403. He monitored a radio assignment dispatched to Beat 3208 for a call of a "Vehicle Being Stripped Now" at 1001 South Dan Ryan Expressway. The incident was reported by an IDOT Minuteman Joseph Novotny, age 28, of 3042 West Wilton Avenue. Officer McAuley also responded and upon arrival to the scene he observed three autos parked on the shoulder. He exited his squad car, with his revolver in hand, and ran up to Linda Jones, age 26, of 1120 South Austin Avenue, identifying himself as a police officer he asked if she was involved in an auto crash? She replied yes and after a few more questions Officer McAuley ran over to the third auto at the rear of her car. He conversed with its occupants for a few minutes. He then turned around and ran back to his squad car, passing Ms. Jones. Ms. Jones stated that she then observed Officer McAuley reaching into his car window and when she looked back a few moments later she observed the officer slumped over between the car and guardrail. He was lying face down on the pavement with his revolver and police radio next to him. It was at this time that off duty Patrolman Raymond Noble was driving by and observed the unmarked squad car with a man lying next to it and several people attempting to aide him. He pulled over and ran over to assist. It was at that time he discovered it was an officer and recovered the firearm and radio. Beat 3208 arrived shortly thereafter and summoned an ambulance. Officer McAuley was transported to Cook County Hospital by CFD Ambulance #28 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Southa at 8:10 p.m. on November 5, 1985. His cause of death was determined to be from Coronary Arteriosclerosis. Officer McAuley's death was classified as "Died in the Performance of Duty" by Superintendent Fred Rice.

Further investigation revealed that the original subject of the call was an auto that had left the scene. A first district unit had stopped the vehicle at Congress Parkway and Wells Street. The occupants were held pending investigation and transported to the first district station. It was learned that they were driving on the Dan Ryan and were having car trouble. They pulled over and due to a malfunctioning hood latch had to pry open the hood to remove the battery. This is what the Minuteman observed and believed they were stripping the auto. They removed the battery and carried it to a gas station at Taylor and Desplaines Streets where they spent two hours charging the battery. They returned to the vehicle, installed the battery, and went on their way.

Officer McAuley was waked at Drake & Son Funeral Home located at 625 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, Illinois, his funeral mass was also held at Drake & Son Funeral Home and he was laid to rest on November 7, 1985 in Ridgewood Cemetery, 9900 North Milwaukee Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Patrolman Ronald Charles McAuley, born September 28 1936, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on April 15, 1959.

Officer McAuley was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his mother, Elaine Brezina (nee Mardy), sister, Erlane (Howard) Born.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #G439907 Theft Case Report, G439970 Hospitalization Case Report and G916642 Traffic Crash Report.

Patrolman Robert A. McFarland Jr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
19 Feb 1973
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
8669
Incident Date:
27 Apr 1985
Cause of Death:
Illness - Other
Age:
36
End of Watch:
28 Jun 1986
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Operational Services - Patrol Division Special Functions Group: Unit 059 - Marine Unit
Date of Birth:
13 May 1950
Served:
13 years, 4 months, 17 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
008 - Chicago Lawn

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Avon Centre Cemetery - Grayslake, 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 Robert A. McFarland, Jr., Star #8669, aged 36 years, was a 13 year, 4 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services - Patrol Division Special Functions Group: Unit 059 - Marine Unit.

On April 27, 1985, at 10:30 p.m., Officer McFarland was off duty and returning home with his wife, Rosemary. When the couple arrived at their residence located at 5616 South Fairfield Avenue Officer McFarland observed Walfredo Narsolis, age 18, of 5800 South Fairfield Avenue coming from his side entrance. Officer McFarland stopped Narsolis and announced his office. In response, Narsolis threw a Shuriken Throwing Star at the officer, striking him in the mouth. Narsolis continued to struggle with Officer McFarland while Rosemary called for help. Narsolis was eventually subdued and placed into custody. Officer McFarland sustained a laceration to his mouth plus multiple abrasions to the face and mouth. He was also bitten multiple times in the head and both arms. A bite on his left arm was the most severe as it broke the skin and caused the area around the wound to discolor.

Narsolis was transported to the 8th District by beat 872 where he was charged with battery after felony approval for aggravated battery was denied by ASA Cesario. Further investigation revealed that Narsolis was hiding in the officer's gangway after a group of teens was chasing him. During the investigation Narsolis admitted that Officer McFarland identified himself as a police officer; and also stated that he fought and bit the officer because he wanted the officer to release him. On May 20, 1985, Narsolis was sentenced to 6 months' probation by Judge Rivers.

Officer McFarland was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where he was treated and later discharged. As a result of the cuts and/or bite marks he contracted Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease Syndrome (AIDS). On January 23, 1986, Officer McFarland would go on the medical for Pneumonia. His medical status code was recorded as "C," Hospital Recuperation, by the Medical Services Section. On May 21, 1986, He was discharged from the hospital and placed on Home Recuperation by the Medical Services Section. On June 28, 1986, Officer McFarland would pass away from Respiratory Arrest and was pronounced dead at 8:20 a.m. at his residence. Due to the AIDS virus his immune system was compromised and he contracted Pneumonia as a result. It was believed that Officer McFarland contracted AIDS from Narsolis during their encounter a year prior.

Officer McFarland was waked at C. H. Jordan Funeral Home located at 1035 North Dearborn Street, his funeral mass was also C. H. Jordan Funeral Home and he was laid to rest on July 8, 1986 in Avon Centre Cemetery - Grayslake, Illinois.

Patrolman Robert A. McFarland, Jr., born May 13, 1950, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on, February 19, 1973.

Officer McFarland was survived by his wife, Rosemary (nee Werbeck) and parents: Betty J. (nee Bouma) and Robert A., Sr.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #G147290.

Lieutenant Patrick Joseph McGann Jr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
01 May 1952
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
385
Incident Date:
13 Jul 1977
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
54
End of Watch:
13 Jul 1977
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Operational Services - Criminal Investigation Division: Unit 633 - Area 3 General Assignment Section
Date of Birth:
23 Mar 1923
Served:
25 years, 2 months, 12 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
008 - Chicago Lawn

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-10
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 12
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Panel # 65-W: 30

Incident Details:

Lieutenant Patrick Joseph McGann, Jr., Star #385, aged 45 years, was a 25 year, 2 month, 12 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services - Criminal Investigation Division: Unit 633 - Area 3 General Assignment Section.

On July 13, 1977, Lieutenant McGann and other officers responded to a “burglary in progress“ call at 3343 West Columbus Drive. A suspect observed in the rear of that location was placed under arrest and three additional offenders were spotted on the roof of the building. Two climbed down, but the third, a female, had to be assisted from the roof and lowered into the outstretched arms of Lieutenant McGann, who placed her on the ground. No signs of forced entry were found and further investigation revealed that the group was merely on the roof drinking beer. The four suspects were arrested and charged with minor drinking.

Lieutenant McGann left the scene of the incident and was driving his unmarked squad car northbound on California Avenue when he stopped for a red light at 59th Street. Witnesses stated that he then slumped over the wheel and the car began to move coming to rest after striking a light pole. Lieutenant McGann was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead from a heart attack.

Lieutenant McGann was waked at Sheehy Funeral Home located at 4950 West 79th Street, his funeral mass was held at St. Thomas More Church located at 2825 West 81st Street and was laid to rest on July 18, 1977 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.

Lieutenant Patrick Joseph McGann, Jr., born March 23, 1923, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on May 1, 1952. He earned 1 Department Commendation, 4 Honorable Mentions, 3 Merit Awards and 3 Complimentary Letters. In 1971, he was promoted to Sergeant. In June, 1976, he was promoted to Lieutenant.

Lieutenant McGann was a member of the Holy Name Society, Illinois Police Association, Policemen's Benevolent & Protective Association and the St. Jude Police League. He was survived by his wife, Mary (nee Hayes); children: Edward T., John Andrew, Patrick E. (CCASA), Timothy J., Virginia Marie and William J.; siblings: Andrew J., Peg Redmond and Sally Fitzgerald and three grandchildren: Elizabeth, Patrick and Tricia.

On July 17, 2018, Lieutenant McGann'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.

Detective Dennis James McLaughlin

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
26 Mar 1990
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
20493
Incident Date:
06 Feb 2014
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
52
End of Watch:
06 Feb 2014
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Detectives - North Area: Unit 630 - Bureau of Detectives - Area North, Property Crimes Section
Date of Birth:
10 Oct 1961
Served:
23 years, 10 months, 11 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
014 - Shakespeare

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Not Interred - Cremated
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 Dennis James McLaughlin, Star #20493, aged 52 years, was a 23 year, 10 month, 11 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Detectives - North Area: Unit 630 - Bureau of Detectives - Area North, Property Crimes Section.

On February 6, 2014, Detective McLaughlin was working the 2nd watch in the 14th District with a coworker, Detective Steven J. Amatto. During the shift, Detective McLaughlin informed his partner that he needed to make contact with several victims in his case load because several phone attempts were unsuccessful. He informed his partner that he was going to use an unmarked squad car for the remainder of the tour. Detective McLaughlin proceeded outside to the parking lot to clear approximately three to five inches of snow from the vehicle. He returned to the office approximately 20 minutes later appearing to be winded and exhausted with a flush face. Detective McLaughlin took off his coat, sat down, and remarked that he needed to rest for a second. His partner asked if he was okay, but he replied that he needed to take a break before heading out to work his own case load. Detective Amatto then left the office on a separate assignment. Shortly after the exchange at 2:15 p.m., Detective McLaughlin walked into the office of Sergeant Felipe Reyes and complained of chest pains and shortness of breath. The Sergeant summoned help and sat the detective down. Shortly after Detective McLaughlin began convulsing and collapsed to the floor. CFD Engine #43 was first to arrive on scene and immediately began CPR. CFD Ambulance #32 was second to arrive on scene and by the time of their arrival the detective had stopped breathing. Detective McLaughlin was transported to St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:06 p.m. by Dr. Wynnstanley from an apparent heart attack.

Detective McLaughlin was waked at Colonial Wojciechowski Funeral Home located at 6250 North Milwaukee Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Juliana Catholic Church located at 7201 North Oketo Avenue and was cremated on February 12, 2014 by Morgan Cremation Services, 24 West Lake Street, Northlake, Illinois.

Detective Dennis James McLaughlin, born October 10, 1961, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 26, 1990. He earned 2 Department Commendations, 1 Problem Solving Award, 2 Attendance Recognition Awards, the 2009 Crime Reduction Award, the 2004 Crime Reduction Award, the NATO Summit Service Award, the Presidential Election Deployment Award, the Democratic National Convention Service Award, 16 Honorable Mentions and 8 Complimentary Letters during his career.

Detective McLaughlin was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Christine (nee McAuley); twin daughters, Carolyn Rose, age 10 and Lauren Sophie, age 10 and sister: Roseann (Matthew) Federico.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #HX141344.

Captain Nicholas Joseph McNamera

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
01 May 1958
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
170
Incident Date:
09 May 1979
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
45
End of Watch:
09 May 1979
Unit of Assignment:
11th District - Harrison
Date of Birth:
24 Apr 1934
Served:
21 years, 0 months, 8 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
Unknown City, AZ

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Queen of Heaven Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 3
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Does Not Qualify

Incident Details:

Captain Nicholas Joseph McNamara, Star #170, aged 45 years, was a 21 year, 0 month, 8 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 11th District - Harrison.

On May 9, 1979, Captain McNamara died of a heart attack while in Phoenix, Arizona attending the Northwestern Traffic Institute nine month management course. He began the course on September 14, 1978 and as part of his curriculum entailed a field trip to Phoenix, Arizona to study a problem. He flew out of Chicago on May 6, 1979 arriving in Phoenix that evening. On May 8, 1979 he took part in the Phoenix Police Department's Training Academy obstacle course. The obstacle course consisted of an uphill 320 yard course in which participants would navigate under, through or over certain obstacles. Captain McNamara was last seen alive at 10:00 p.m. on May 8, 1979. He had attended a dinner with Lieutenant Gerald Clough of the Philadelphia Police Department, complained about feeling ill, and retired to his hotel room, #1225, for the evening. Both men had rooms at the Adams Hotel, located at 100 North 1st Street, Phoenix, Arizona. Their rooms were adjacent to each other and when Lieutenant Clough knocked on the Captain's door to wake him at 5:25 a.m. the next morning he received no response. Concerned, the Lieutenant notified Hotel staff and Engineer Fred Wisenburg responded. Mr. Wisenburg opened the room and Captain McNamara was found lying face up across his bed unresponsive. Captain McNamara was pronounced dead at 6:25 a.m. on May 9, 1979. Through investigation it was determined that Captain McNamara suffered a heart attack and died of natural causes due to Acute Coronary Insufficiency related to the strenuous physical activity the day before.

Mrs. McNamara was awarded one years salary and $20,000 in duty death benefits was ordered paid by the State of Illinois Court of Claims following the Captain's death.

Captain McNamara was waked at Matz Funeral Home located at 3440 North Central Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Bartholomew Church located at 3601 North Lavergne Avenue and he was laid to rest on May 12, 1979 in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.

Captain Nicholas Joseph McNamara, born April 14, 1934, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on May 1, 1958.

Captain McNamara was a member of the Chicago Police Captains’ Association and the St. Jude Police League. He was survived by his wife, Dolores F. (nee Nelson), age 43; children: Mary Eileen, age 19; Nicholas Michael, age 16; Patrick Joseph, age 15, Patricia Ann, age 21, Susan Marie, age 18 and Timothy Ernest, age 7 and siblings: James A. and Margaret.

Incident Recorded under Phoenix Police Department DR #79-048969.

Detective John L. Merriwether

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
01 May 1956
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
11574
Incident Date:
13 May 1983
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
54
End of Watch:
13 May 1983
Unit of Assignment:
Bureau of Investigative Services - Detective Division: Unit 612 – Detective Division, Area 1 Violent Crimes
Date of Birth:
01 Apr 1929
Served:
20 years, 0 months, 12 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
004 - South Chicago

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Lincoln 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:

Detective John L. Merriwether, Star #11575, aged 54 years, was a 20 year, 0 month, 13 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Investigative Services - Detective Division: Unit 612 – Detective Division, Area 1 Violent Crimes.

On May 13, 1983, Detective Merriwether and his partner, Detective Jimmie Williams, were on duty working beat 5138. They were conducting a homicide investigation and went to 47th Street and Prairie Avenue at 4:30 p.m. for the purpose of securing additional information from an informant. The informant had given Detective Merriwether information about the homicide. Upon arrival the detectives exited their car and began to walk southbound on Prairie Avenue. While walking Detective Merriwether spotted the informant and yelled to his partner, "there she is." A foot pursuit ensued and they ran westbound through a vacant lot towards Indiana Avenue as the informant ran away. The detectives lost sight of the informant and returned to their squad car. Detective Williams noticed that his partner was having trouble breathing and appeared to be pale. He asked if he was okay and he responded that he was fine. The detectives then went to a shoe shine place and Detective Williams got his shoes shined while his partner waited in the car. Upon returning to the car Detective Williams noticed that his partner had removed his suit coat and was still having trouble breathing. Detective Merriwether then asked his partner to take him somewhere so he could get a coke. The two went and got the coke and Detective Merriwether then asked to go to the Hyde Park Deli. He wanted to get a cup of soup and said maybe he would feel a little better after.

After the two went to the deli, Detective Merriwether suggested they return to 47th Street and Prairie Avenue to see if they could find the informant again. Instead Detective Williams drove to 7th Street and Jeffery Avenue and noticed her partner was still breathing erratically. He asked if he wanted to go to a hospital and Detective Merriwether replied that he was doing alright and did not want to go to the hospital. The two then went to 76th Street and Jeffery Avenue where Detective Williams exited the car and spoke to the owner of the Shell Gas Station. Detective Merriwhether remained in the car and spoke to another citizen through the car window. They finished their conversation and Detective Merriwhether looked over at his partner and then put his head back. At 7:38 p.m., Detective Williams got back in the car and elbowed his partner saying lets go and started the car. When Detective Williams received no response he looked over and realized his partner was slumped in the seat and noticed his eyes were not clear. He then felt for a pulse and none was detected. Detective Williams radioed in the emergency and activated the cars emergency equipment. Detective Merriwether was transported to Billings Hospital by beat 5138 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Strulovitch at 8:07 p.m. on May 13, 1983. His cause of death was determined to be from Coronary Atherosclerosis.

Detective McDermott was waked at Golden Gate Funeral Home located at 2036 West 79th Street and he was laid to rest on May 19, 1983 in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Detective John L. Meriwether, born April 1, 1929, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on May 1, 1956.

Detective Merriwether was survived by his wife, Willa B. (nee Evans) and children: Lynn, age 10 and Margaret Ann, age 10.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #E141409 Homicide Case Report and E167267 Hospitalization Case Report.

Patrolman Richard John Mieszkowski

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
29 Jun 1964
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
10460
Incident Date:
28 Mar 1978
Cause of Death:
Gunfire - Friendly (Accidental)
Age:
36
End of Watch:
28 Mar 1978
Unit of Assignment:
13th District - Wood
Date of Birth:
30 Mar 1941
Served:
13 years, 8 months, 27 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
012 - Near West

Memorial Details:

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

Incident Details:

Patrolman Richard John Miezkowski, Star #10460, aged 36 years, was a 13 year, 8 month, 27 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 13th District - Wood.

On March 28, 1978, at 11:00 a.m., Patrolman Miezkowski was working the second watch on beat 1314. He was at Norwegian-American Hospital, located at 1044 North Francisco Avenue, on a Dog Bite assignment. Upon completing his assignment he began conversing with LPN Joyce Bartsch, age 45, of 441 Columbia, Desplaines, Illinois. The two were in the ER's utility room with RN Francis Kania discussing a TV show which had aired the night previous. Bartsch saw the officer sitting in an armed chair with his holstered gun in his crotch area. She remembered asking him a week earlier why he sat like that and he responded that he only does it while sitting in an armed chair so it doesn't bump against the chair's arms. Shortly after the three stood up to leave the room and Kania asked the officer if his gun was safe like that. She asked if it would go off, if it was defective, and was told by the officer, no. Officer Miezkowski then went on to say that he fires thousands of rounds through the gun each year and it has never been defective. He then unholstered his Colt Python and offered it to Bartsch saying,“ here, put it to your head and try it. It won't go off.“ She declined at first, but then reached out and felt the cold steel and weight of the gun. She reached out with both hands and grabbed it. It was at this time the gun accidentally discharged, the bullet striking Officer Miezkowski in the left temple. The officer collapsed to the floor and Bartsch put the gun on the floor and left the room crying. Nurse Kania called for help and they put the officer on a cart and immediately began to provide medical attention. A 10-1 was called out after the incident and responding officer arrived at the hospital and was apprised of what took place. Dr. Fabi of Norwegian-American Hospital stated that treatment of the officer would be better managed at St. Mary's Hospital and CFD was summoned by responding officers. Officer Miezkowski was transported to St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital by CFD Ambulance #44 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Wang at 11:55 a.m. on March 29, 1978.

Both Bartsch and Kania were transported to Area 4 for further investigation. A.S.A. Wolfe was apprised of the circumstances. It was determined that the incident was accidental and closed with no charges.

Officer Miezkowski was waked at Malec Funeral Home located at 6000 North Milwaukee Avenue and he was laid to rest on April 1, 1978 in St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, 6800 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois.

Patrolman Richard John Miezkowski, born March 30, 1941, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on June 29, 1964.

Officer Miezkowski served in the Armed Forces, was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was Honorably Discharged. He was survived by his wife, Barbara Angela (nee Drabant), age 36 and children: Barbara Angela, age 9, Joseph Frank, age 9 and Marc Richard, age 12.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #E141409 Homicide Case Report and E167267 Hospitalization Case Report.

Patrolman Donald J. Mitchell

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
14 Sep 1970
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
15128
Incident Date:
04 Apr 1992
Cause of Death:
Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age:
46
End of Watch:
04 Apr 1992
Unit of Assignment:
5th District - Calumet
Date of Birth:
12 Jul 1945
Served:
21 years, 6 months, 21 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
022 - Morgan Park

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Providence Baptist Cemetery - Collinsville, Mississippi
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 Donald J. Mitchell, Star #15128, aged 46 years, was a 21 year, 6 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 5th District - Calumet, detailed to Unit 710 - Gang Crimes Unit - South.

On April 4, 1992, at 12:10 p.m., Patrolman Mitchell was working with his partner, Patrolman David E. Snethen, on the second watch on beat 4183. The officers were assigned to a gang mission in the 22nd District due to a large number of gang members attending a funeral at 111th and Throop Streets. While at 111th Place and Racine Avenue the officers observed Jerome J. Murray, age 18, of 5526 South Wolcott Avenue, place a Bersa Model 85 .380 caliber pistol beneath a tree at that location. The officers exited their unmarked car and recovered the firearm and attempted to place Murray under arrest. Murray fled on foot and a chase ensued. Murray was apprehended at 1246 West 111th Street after a two block foot chase. Following the chase Officer Mitchell complained to Sergeant J. Malone, beat 2230, that he was getting to old for these chases. Sergeant Malone noted that Officer Mitchell was sweating profusely and pressing his hands to his chest. The officers then transported Murray to the 22nd District Tactical Office for processing. At 1:09 p.m., Officer Mitchell complained to Sergeant Dennis Mulcahy that he had shortness of breath and chest pains as a result of the chase. He then collapsed to the floor of the tactical office. Help was summoned and CFD responded. Paramedics were unable to revive Officer Mitchell at the station. He was transported to St. Francis Hospital, located at 12938 South Gregory Street, Blue Island, Illinois, by CFD Ambulance #17 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Wadley at 1:49 p.m. on April 4, 1992. His cause of death was determined to be from Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease.

Jerome Murray was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, no FOID card and failure to register a weapon.

Officer Mitchell was waked at Stevens Funeral Home located at 2800 Old North Hills Street, Meridian, Mississippi, his funeral mass was held at Providence Baptist Church, 13091 Suqualena Road, Collinsville, Mississippi and he was laid to rest on April 7, 1992 in Providence Baptist Cemetery, 13091 Suqualena Road, Collinsville, Mississippi.

Patrolman Donald J. Mitchell, born July 12, 1945, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on September 14, 1970.

Officer Mitchell served in the Armed Forces and was Honorably Discharged. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Officer Mitchell was survived by his wife, Cathy June Sanders (nee Alexander), age 41; step-children: Jessi Nicole Sanders, age 9 and Joshua William Sanders, age 12 and sibling: Diana McHale.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #T149666 General Offense Case Report and T149812 Hospitalization Case Report.

Detective Martin J. Moylan Sr.

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Agency:
Chicago Police Department
Appointed Date:
07 Jun 1922
Death Classification:
Performance of Duty Death
Star #:
1112
Incident Date:
01 Oct 1950
Cause of Death:
Illness - Pneumonia
Age:
55
End of Watch:
17 May 1952
Unit of Assignment:
31st District - Cragin
Date of Birth:
25 Nov 1896
Served:
29 years, 11 months, 10 days
District of Incident (Present Day):
025 - Grand Central

Memorial Details:

Cemetery:
Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
Superintendent's Honored Star Case:
Panel # D-9
Gold Star Families Memorial:
Panel # 5
Illinois Police Officers Memorial:
Panel # 4, Line 40
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Inclusion Request Declined

Incident Details:

Detective Martin J. Moylan, Sr., Star #1112, aged 55 years, was a 29 year, 11 month, 10 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 28th District - Austin Stolen Auto Detail.

In October, 1950, Detective Moylan was directing traffic on Austin and Wabansia Avenues after an accident involving two trucks when he was struck by another automobile. Detective Moylan sustained severe injuries in the crash. His leg was broken in five places, his ankle bone was cracked and his skull was fractured. After the accident he never completely recovered from his injuries and never returned to work. Nearly two years later Detective Moylan's back was bothering him so he went to St. Anne Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital with back pains and developed pneumonia while in the hospital. He was discharged and went home. Detective Moylan later returned to St. Anne Hospital and died on May 17, 1952, three weeks after he was discharged. His death was linked to the pneumonia and the injuries he sustained 19 months earlier.

Detective Moylan was waked at his residence located at 1425 North Parkside Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Angela Catholic Church located at 5758 West Potomac Avenue and he was laid to rest on May 21, 1952 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.

Detective Martin J. Moylan, Sr., born November 25, 1896, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 7, 1922. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career. Detective Moylan also served in the Cragin, Maxwell and Stockyards stations during his career.

Detective Moylan served in the Canadian Army in a regiment of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, was a veteran of World War II and was Honorably Discharged. He was also a member of the Chicago Police Post No. 207 American Legion, Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association, Hennepin-Shields Council No. 967 Knights of Columbus. Detective Moylan was survived by his wife, Margaret M. (nee Conroy); children: Juliann, Marguerite, Martin J., Jr. and the late Mary Ellen Long; siblings: Bryan, Grace Fleming, Jerome, John, Julia Luebke, Julian, Margaret McCann and the late Mame Moylan and six grandchildren.

Paperwork for inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Fund (NLEOMF) was submitted in July 2016 by the Chicago Police Department. On December 20, 2016 the Chicago Police Department received word that the NLEOMF did not approve Officer Moylan's name for inclusion on their wall as a “ Line of Duty“ death. NLEOMF stated the circumstances of Officer Jackson's death did not meet their criteria for inclusion.

On June 25, 2013, Detective 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.