||Detective Charles Brady, 36, was a 3-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Rogers Park Station.
On September 2, 1945, Detective Charles Brady and his partner, George Helstern, observed a suspicious male near a currency exchange at Lunt Avenue and Clark Street. The plain-clothes detectives approached the subject and announced they were police officers. The offender, Cecil Smith, immediately opened fire, fatally wounding both detectives. Detective Helstern died at the scene. Detective Brady succumbed to his injuries three and a half hours later at St. Francis Hospital. A civilian opened fire on Smith before he was able to flee the scene.Cecil Smith was executed by members of his own gang.Detective Brady’s funeral mass was held at St. Ignatius Church and he was laid to rest in All Saints Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Bernice; and children, Anthony, Benedict, Bernice, Mary Elizabeth, Michael, James, Loretta, Susan, Delia, and an unborn child.