Detective-Sergeant Bernard J. Lenehan #536

Name: Lenehan, Bernard J.
Star: 536
Rank: Detective-Sergeant
District / Unit: 20th Precinct
End of Watch: 03-Oct-1919
Incident Details: Detective-Sergeant Bernard Lenehan, 44, was a 13-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department,assigned to the 20th Precinct.

On October 3, 1919, Detective-Sergeant Lenehan, and his partner, Detective-Sergeant George C.  Burns, were checking to see if Thomas Mulhern’s Saloon, located in the 3300 block of West Madison Street, was closing on-time.  While the detective-sergeants spoke to the bartender, two masked armed robbers entered through a side door.  One of the offenders struck a patron. When the patron yelled out, the officers turned and saw the bandits.  The armed robbers opened fire on both the detective-sergeants, wounding them multiple times.  It is believed that the offenders opened fire on the detective-sergeants because they had recognized them as police officers.   

The murderers were never apprehended.

Detective-Sergeant Burns, 39, succumbed to his injuries at St. Anthony’s Hospital.  Detective-Sergeant Bernard Lenehan, 48, was rushed to Garfield Park Hospital where he died on October 5. 

Detective-Sergeant Lenehan was laid to rest in Mount Carmel Cemetery.  He was survived by his wife and eight children.