|Name:||Sperakos, George J.|
|Memorial Panel #:||#PANEL#|
|District / Unit:||Racine Avenue Station|
|End of Watch:||24 April 1952|
|Incident Details:||Police Officer George Sperakos, 41, was a 9-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Racine Avenue Station.
On April 24, 1952, Officer Sperakos was off duty and visiting his friend, the owner of a tavern located in the 1800 block of Division Street. Officer Sperakos and the owner were in a rear room when they heard someone yell, “This is a stick up!” Officer Sperakos was armed and wearing his police cap when he peaked into the room the three armed robbers were in. One of the armed robbers saw him and yelled, “copper.” A shoot out ensued between two of the armed robbers and the officer. The brave officer was fatally shot, but managed to shoot one of the robbers. Officer Sperakos was transported to Presbyterian Hospital where he died eight hours later. None of the armed robbers involved in Officer Sperakos’ murder were ever apprehended.
Officer Sperakos’ funeral mass was held at Holy Innocents Church and he was laid to rest in St. Adalbert’s Church. He is survived by his wife, Cecilia; daughter, Dorothy; brother, James.