Lieutenant James F. Day


Name: Day, James F.
Star: 261
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Rank: Lieutenant
District / Unit: Gresham Station
End of Watch: 19 September 1934
Incident Details: Lieutenant James Day, 71, was a 43-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Gresham Station. On September 19, 1934, Lieutenant Day was found slain in an empty lot in the 8500 block of South Green Street. Lieutenant Day was walking home after having cashed his paycheck, when he was struck over the head and robbed of his service weapon and contents of his wallet. During the incident, he suffered a heart attack.

William Duba was found guilty of murdering Lt. Day. Duba had previously been a patient in a mental asylum.

Lieutenant Day’s funeral mass was held at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in St. James Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Minnie; and his son, Reverend L. Dudley day.