P.O. Dennis J. Laughlin

Name: Laughlin, Dennis J.
Star: Unknown
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Marquette
End of Watch: 09 March 1960
Incident Details: Police Officer Dennis Laughlin, 33, was a 5-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Marquette District. On March 9, 1960, Officer Laughlin and two other officers from the Marquette Station were seeking five men believed to be responsible for 25 robberies. After arresting four of the suspects, they told the officers the whereabouts of the fifth man, John Ikerd. The officers had one of the men knock on Ikerd’s door and when he opened it, he saw the three officers standing in his hallway. Ikerd slammed the door shut and the officers broke it down. After gaining entrance, Ikerd reach for his .45 caliber gun which is when Officer Laughlin tackled him. During the struggle, Officer Laughlin suffered a fatal heart attack. The officers performed artificial respiration, but could not save Officer Laughlin.

John L. Ikerd was found guilty of armed robbery and was sentenced to serve 20 years to life in prison.

Officer Laughlin is survived by his wife, Marilyn; and children, Dennis Jr., Kathleen, David, and John. He is the son of fallen police officer, Detective Emmett D. Laughlin.