Patrolman Frank E. Williams  | Star #Unknown

Patrolman Frank E. Williams | Star #Unknown

Patrolman Frank E. Williams | Star #Unknown

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Patrolman Frank E. Williams, Star # Unknown, aged 37 years, was a 2 year, 11 month, 4 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the District 3, 6th Precinct – Thirty-Fifth Street.

On approximately March 20, 1891, Officer Williams pursued a thief down a dark alley. During the incident he sustained an injury to his knee. One week later, on March 27, 1891, he died at his home located at No. 3126 Lowe Avenue (present day 3126 South Lowe Avenue). His cause of death was ruled fatal blood poisoning resulting from the knee injury.

Officer Williams was laid to rest in St. James at Sag Bridge Cemetery, 10600 South Archer Avenue, Lemont, Illinois.

Officer Frank E. Williams, born in 1854, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 23, 1888.

Officer Williams was survived by his wife and four children.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

On June 25, 2013, Officer Williams’ 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.

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Patrolman Frank E. Williams  | Star #Unknown

Patrolman James Keon | Star #Unknown

Patrolman James Keon | Star #Unknown

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Patrolman James Keon, Star # Unknown, aged 33 years, was a 5 year, 9 month veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 1st Precinct – Harrison Street Station District.

On November 20, 1878, Officer Keon was on duty and working with Patrolman Lueders. The two officers, having special instructions, were assigned to guard the approaches to a house on Clark Street. A man by the name of Castle McDonald was suspected of being a lookout for a gambling operation. The officers were to keep an eye out for him and so they positioned themselves in different locations and waited. At 3:00 a.m., Officer Keon saw McDonald, James Carroll and Joseph Martin approaching the building. He followed the men to the rear of the building. As Officer Keon entered the darkened alley, he accidentally fell into an open coal shaft in the rear of No. 176 South Clark Street (present day 48 South Clark Street). He sustained severe internal injuries. Other officers were summoned and Officer Keon was pulled from the shaft with difficulty. He was taken to his residence where he received medical attention. Officer Keon, bed ridden, lingered in his home before succumbing to his injuries at 4:00 p.m. on December 1, 1878.

Officer Keon was also a part time special policeman employed by the American District Telegraph Company, in one of their offices. He was a good, efficient, and trustworthy officer, and commanded the respect of all who knew him.

Officer Keon was waked at his residence located at No. 124 West 14th Street (present day 445 West 14th Street), his funeral mass was also held at his residence. He was laid to rest on December 4, 1878 in Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. His grave is located in Lot 20, Block 14, Section P.

Patrolman James Keon received his Probationary Appointment to the Department in March, 1873.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

On March 2, 2010, Officer Keon’s star was retired by Superintendent Jody P. Weis and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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Patrolman Henry John Lange  | Star #3199

Patrolman Henry John Lange | Star #3199

Patrolman Henry John Lange | Star #3199

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Patrolman Henry John Lange, Star #3199, aged 37 years, was a 9 year, 7 month, 11 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Traffic Division.

On December 21, 1928, Officer Lange was patrolling on horseback at 333 South Franklin Street. Officer Lange, who was mounted, was directing traffic and observed an automobile violating a parking ordinance. He leaned over to question the driver, which caused him to lose his balance and fall off his mount. Officer Lange fell to the street and hit his head on the cobblestone pavement. He was transported to St. Luke Hospital where he was treated for a fractured skull and died two weeks later on January 3, 1929.

Officer Lange was waked at his residence located at 3353 West Evergreen Avenue, his funeral mass was also held at his residence. He was laid to rest on January 7, 1929 in Acacia Park Cemetery, 7800 West Irving Park Road, Norridge, Illinois.

Patrolman Henry John Lange, born April 6, 1891, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 23, 1919.

Officer Lange was survived by his wife, Mae (nee Ryan), age 43; children; Betty Jane, age 10 months and George Henry, age 18; mother, Augusta Albertine (nee Zahlmann) and siblings: Anna Jennerick, August, Ernest, Frank, Freda Lembke, Herman and Minnie Meyer. He was preceded in death by his father, Johann Jochen David Carl Lange.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

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Patrolman Edwin J. Halloran | Star #214

Patrolman Edwin J. Halloran | Star #214

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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 and his funeral mass was held at St. Sebastian Catholic Church located at 820 West Wellington Avenue. He was laid to rest on January 17, 1927 in Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. His grave is located in Lot S12, Block 17, Section Y.

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), age 36; children: Irene Edwina, age 9 months, Florence, and Mary; mother, Mary (nee Fergus) and siblings: Annie Therese, George Francis, Laurissa and Loretta. He was preceded in death by his father, John and siblings: Alphonsus Hector and John Patrick, Sr.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

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Patrolman John Patrick Kearney Sr. | Star #Unknown

Patrolman John Patrick Kearney Sr. | Star #Unknown

Patrolman John Patrick Kearney Sr. | Star #Unknown

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Patrolman John Patrick Kearney, Sr., Star # Unknown, aged 50 years, was a 26 year, 1 month, 19 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 1, 1st Precinct – Central Detail.

On July 1, 1909, Officer Kearney was assigned to protect a wagon driver from striking union workers. While mounted on his horse, it suddenly bolted as an automobile passed. He was thrown from his mount and struck the ground, sustaining a fractured spine in the fall. Officer Kearney died the next day from his injuries on July 2, 1909.

Officer Kearney was waked at his residence located at 3533 South Hamilton Avenue and his funeral mass was held at St. Agnes of Bohemia Church located at 2651 South Central Park Avenue. He was laid to rest on July 5, 1909 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman John Patrick Kearney, Sr., born in January 1859, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 13, 1883.

Officer Kearney was a member of the Chicago Policemen’s Benevolent & Welfare Association and Archbishop McHale Council No. 1194 Knights of Columbus. He was survived by his wife, Rose (nee Murtha), age 39 and children: John Patrick, Jr., age 1, Mary, age 22, Patrick, age 25, Peter James, age 15, Phillip, age 12 and Rose, age 24.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

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