P.O. James Days #6154


Days, James



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Police Officer

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10 November 1978

Incident Details:

Police Officer James Days, 52, was a 17-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 021 District. On November 10, 1978, Officer Days and his partner observed several men behaving erratically in a suspected stolen vehicle near the intersection of 51st Street and Dorchester Avenue. When the suspects in the vehicle spotted the officers, their driver sped away. As the vehicle was still moving, its occupants began to jump out. The empty car came to a stop when it hit a tree. The officers alerted the communication operations section and pursued the men on foot. When assisting officers arrived at the scene, they found Officer Days unconscious; he had suffered a fatal heart attack. Officer Days was transported to Billings Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Prince Willis, 19, was arrested and charged with auto theft. Officer Days is survived by his wife, son, and four siblings.