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 Casey Joseph Tristano Sr.
Patrolman Casey Joseph Tristano, Sr., Star #5086, aged 45 years, was a 16 year, 5 month, 20 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Operational Services - Youth Division: Unit 075 - Area 5 Youth.
On March 13, 1970, Officer Tristano was working the third watch as a Youth Officer. He was dispatched to Our Lady Help of Christians Church located at 832 North Leclair Avenue. Upon arrival he was to assist officers in quelling a fight at a dance being held in the school located at 847 North Leamington Avenue. Once at the school, Officer Tristano found Patrolman William Healy struggling to get Joseph Maltese, age 17, of 5247 West Race Avenue, into the squadrol. Officer Tristano intervened and was struck in the mouth and nose by Maltese. Shortly thereafter, Officer Tristano’s breathing became labored and he collapsed after having difficulty breathing. Officer Tristano died on scene and was transported to St. Anne's Hospital by CFD Ambulance where he was pronounced dead on arrival from a heart attack.
A total of five juveniles were arrested in connection with the fight at the dance. Four of them were released after posting $25.00 bonds. Joseph Maltese was released after posting a $1,000.00 bond. He was later charged with battery, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. In the end, Maltese received a fine of $25.00 for the incident and the charges against the other four juveniles were dropped.
Officer Tristano was waked at Columbian Funeral Home located at 6621 West North Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois, his funeral mass was held at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church located at 7033 North Moselle Avenue and he was laid to rest on March 17, 1970 in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.
Patrolman Casey Joseph Tristano, Sr., born December 10, 1924, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on September 21, 1953.
Officer Tristano was a member of the St. Jude Police League. He was survived by his wife, Marilyn (nee Dreier); children: Casey Joseph, Jr., age 9 and Maria R., age 7 and siblings: Ann Esposito, Mary Fasano, Matt, Michael, Nancy Gorg and Tony.
On June 25, 2013, Officer Tristano'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.
Sergeant Michael R. Twohig
Sergeant Michael R. Twohig, Star #592, aged 46 years, was an 18 year, 8 month, 9 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 21st District - Scotland Yards.
On November 4, 1930, at 10:55 a.m., Sergeant Michael Twohig was working the second watch in plain clothes as a reserve sergeant for the polling places in his district. While working he monitored a radio assignment given to Ford Auto No. 16, Patrolmen Stephan Glon and John Lamb. The officers were assigned a Larceny call at 1828 South Fisk Street. Sergeant Twohig responded to the call and met the officers at the scene. Upon arrival, the officers were met by Mrs. Kintorn, owner of the building. She escorted the officers into the first floor apartment where they met the complainant, John V. Kaven, a real estate agent. Mr. Kaven alleged that John Able stole $45.00 from him. He also stated that he had traced Able to his home, a small cottage at the rear of 1828 South Fisk Street. Sergeant Twohig and the officers proceeded to the cottage to see if Able was home. Mrs. Mary Able answered the door and began to scream. At this point Mrs. Kintorn interceded and explained to Mrs. Able in the Bohemaian language what the officers wanted. Mrs. Able then told the officers that her husband wasn't home. Sergeant Twohig then explained that he wanted to escort Mrs. Able to the station for a conversation. She became very excited and bolted down the back stairs into the alley. Once in the alley she tripped and fell. As Sergeant Twohig and Officer Glon picked her up, she became combative. While Sergeant Twohig was trying to restrain her, he began to get weak and sank to the ground in a sitting position and slowly laid back. Officer Lamb came to his aide and lifted up his head and saw that his face was of a yellowish blue color. Officer Lamb then called for the Auto Patrol. The Auto Patrol in charge of Patrolman A. Huff, and driven by Patrolman C. Burns, responded in company of Lieutenant James Flynn and Sergeant Valenta. Sergeant Twohig was transported to Cook County Hospital by the Auto Patrol and was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m. on November 4, 1930. His cause of death was ruled from chronic myocarditis. Per the Coroner's physician, Dr. Feinberg, no inquest would be held and a doctors certificate would be issued.
Sergeant Twohig was waked at Frank J. Malone Funeral Home and he was laid to rest on November 7, 1930 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois.
Sergeant Michael R. Twohig, born June 18, 1884, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 26, 1912. He earned 3 Credible Mentions during his career. On August 15, 1917, he was promoted to Detective Sergeant. On June 28, 1921, he was promoted to Sergeant. Officer Twohig left Lowertown Schull, County Cork, Ireland in early 1920 to work and live in America.
Sergeant Twohig was survived by his wife, Susan (nee Gogan), age 40 and children: Michael and Robert. One of Officer Twohig's sons, Michael, had a son who fought in the battle of Normandy. In December of 2011 Sergeant Twohig's grandson was aged almost 90 years.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
On June 25, 2013, Officer Twohig'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.