|Name:||P.O. Gary M. Gradle|
|Memorial Panel #:||15|
|District / Unit:||004 Distrct|
|End of Watch:||05 April 1996|
|Incident Details:||Police Officer Gary M. Gradle, 38, was assigned to the 004thDistrict.
On March 24, 1991, Officer Gary Gradle responded to a call of a man with a gun at 81st and Houston. Officer Gradle entered a dark garage and was shot point-blank in the chest, right below the sternum. He was saved by his bullet proof vest and able to return fire at the offender, who escaped. The officer was treated at South Chicago Community Hospital and made a full recovery. He was able to return to work in the 004thDistrict.On April 5, 1996, Officer Gradle was working the third watch on Beat 453 when he was discovered slumped over the wheel of his squad car gasping for breath. A CFD ambulance responded and transported the officer to St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Hammond, IN. The officer expired several hours later.
Officer Gradle is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Joseph and Claire.