P.O. Edward F. Smith #4567

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Name: Smith, Edward F.
Star: 4567
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 011
End of Watch: 30 May 1931
Incident Details: Police Officer Edward Smith, 33, was assigned to the Fillmore Station. On May 30, 1931, Officer Smith was on duty near John Marshall High School in the 3200 block of West Adams Street after recent looting at the school had occurred. A custodian alerted the officer that people had broken into the school. Officer Smith walked into the pool area and found three teenagers swimming. He told the youths to get dressed and leave the premises. One of the teenagers, Vernon Corry, began to dress himself when he drew a weapon and fired at the officer. Officer Smith died of his injuries. Vernon Corry turned himself in and confessed to officers.

On July 28, 1931, Vernon Corry was found guilty of Officer Smith’s murder in a bench trial. The judge sentenced him to serve 18 years in prison. Corry was granted a retrial on the grounds that he should have been initially tried by a jury. On January 26, 1933, Corry was acquitted of Officer Smith’s death.

Officer Smith’s funeral mass was held at St. Mel’s Church and he was laid to rest in All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum. He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughter, Eileen Marie; and his parents.