|Memorial Panel #:||#PANEL#|
|District / Unit:||Park|
|End of Watch:||20 November 1939|
|Incident Details:||Police Officer Harry Francois, 37, was a 12-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Park District Police — West.
On November 20, 1939, Officer Francois and Sergeant Frank Blank attempted to question four men. The four offenders had robbed a couple at gunpoint as they sat in a parked sedan in Humboldt Park. The officers approached the men near the park’s North Drive, near North Avenue and Whipple Street. One of the offenders, Jerry Mangano, opened fire on the officer and fatally wounded him. The bullet traveled through the officer’s left arm and into his heart.
Jerry Mangano was sentenced to serve 199 years in prison.
Officer Francois was laid to rest in Acacia Park Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Nellie and children, Barbara and Donald.