P.O. George H. Helstern #1124

Name: Helstern, George H.
Star: 1124
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Rogers Park Station
End of Watch: 02 September 1945
Incident Details: Detective George Helstern, 52, was a 20-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Rogers Park Station.On September 2, 1945, Detective George Helstern and his partner, Charles Brady, observed a suspicious male near a currency exchange at Lunt Avenue and Clark Street. The detectives, who were in plain clothes, approached the subject and announced they were police officers. The offender, Cecil Smith, immediately opened fire, fatally wounding both detectives. Detective Brady succumbed to his injuries three and a half hours later at St. Francis Hospital. Detective Helstern died at the scene. 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 Helstern’s funeral mass was held at St. Henry’s Church and he was laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and children, Mary and Joan.