P.O. Edward L. Barron #14571

Name: Barron, Edward L.
Star: 14571
Memorial Panel #: 4
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 004
End of Watch: 28 September 1973
Incident Details: Police Officer Edward Barron, 36, was a 3-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the South Chicago Station. On September 28, 1973, Officer Barron and his partner, Officer Daniel Abate, responded to a robbery-in-progress near the 8000 block of South Kingston Avenue. A 911 caller reported to police that his 67-year-old neighbor was being robbed at gunpoint. During the incident, the offender, Joseph Bigsby, robbed a bystander who accidently came across the scene. When the partners arrived at the scene, they spotted Bigsby in a gangway. Officer Abate announced himself as a police officer and ordered him to stop. Bigsby turned around and fired one shot, wounding Officer Barron. Officer Abate returned fire and injured Bigsby. Officer Barron succumbed to his injuries. Officer Barron’s funeral mass was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and he was laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Paul and Linda; and siblings, Willene, Joan, Lovila, Carol, Ronald, John, and Rev. Wayne J. Barron (C.M.F). Joseph Bigsby, 18, was found guilty of murder, two charges of armed robbery, and three counts of attempted murder on May 9, 1975. He was sentenced to serve 100 to 200 years in prison. On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation chartered a bus and traveled with 25 uniformed Chicago police officers to the office of the IL Prisoner Review Board in Springfield to protest the release of inmate Bigsby. The inmate’s request for parole was denied.