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 John F. Reddy
Patrolman John F. Reddy, Star # Unknown, aged 37 years, was a 8 year, 7 month, 6 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 7, 17th Precinct - Englewood.
On December 11, 1901, Officer Reddy was working the "Blue" patrol wagon. He had just returned to the Englewood Station located at 6347 South Wentworth Avenue after a trip to the County Jail. Upon arriving at the station he suddenly collapsed at the feet of fellow officers and died. Officer Reddy was transported to Van Duser's Undertaking Rooms located at 6138 South Wentworth Avenue.
Officer Reddy was waked at his residence located at 4338 South Wabash Avenue, his funeral mass was held at St. Elizabeth Parish Church located at 50 East 41st Street and he was laid to rest on December 14, 1901 in Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois.
Officer John F. Reddy, born in 1864, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 5, 1893. Officer Reddy was well known on the South Side because of his jovial disposition and stoutness. He was the heaviest policeman in Inspector Hunt’s district, weighing over 300 pounds.
Officer Williams was survived by his wife, Julia. He was preceded in death by his parents: Edward and Margaret.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
Police Officer Preston Therran Ross Jr.
Police Officer Preston Therran Ross, Jr., Star #5007, aged 48 years, was a 25 year, 7 month, 12 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 22nd District – Morgan Park.
On February 26, 2012, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Officer Ross was working CTA Special Employment on his regular day off. While at the Grand Avenue Blue Line station he experienced difficulty breathing and collapsed. An ambulance was summoned and he was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced. A few hours later an honor motorcade transported Officer Ross from Northwestern Memorial Hospital to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.
Police Officer Preston Therran Ross, Jr., born September 17, 1963, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 14, 1986. He earned 17 awards during his career.
Officer Ross was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife and son.