P.O. Jesse D. Hults #3629

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Name: Hults, Jesse D.
Star: 3629
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: East Chicago Avenue Station
End of Watch: 26 September 1929
Incident Details: Police Officer Jesse Hults, 45, was a 21-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the East Chicago Avenue Station. On September 25, 1929, Officer Jesse Hults and Officer William Gallagher, 41, attempted to rescue a man being held against his will in an apartment on the 4100 block of South Parkway (now Martin Luther King Jr. Drive). When the officers arrived at the apartment, they knocked on the door and it creaked open. Suddenly, gunfire erupted from within. Responding officers exchanged dozens of gunshots and ultimately used teargas to subdue the offenders. Officer Gallagher and Officer Hults were both fatally wounded. Officer Gallagher died at the scene. Officer Hults was shot seven times and succumbed to his injuries at Mercy Hospital on September 26.

Officer Gallagher’s murderer, Ira Johnson, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. Officer Hults’ shooter died at the scene.

Officer Hults’ funeral mass was held at Maternity B.V.M. Church and he was laid to rest in Elmwood Park Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Lillian; and his sons, George, Lawrence, and Jessie.