P.O. John I. Rowe #3045

Name: Rowe, John I.
Star: 3045
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 28th Precinct
End of Watch: 06-Aug-1914
Incident Details: Police Officer John Rowe, 53, was a 20-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 28th Precinct.

On August 6, 1914, Officer Rowe attempted to apprehend  juvenile gang members who had just robbed and murdered a Civil War veteran.  Officer Rowe was waiting for the gang at the end of an alley while other police officers chased behind them.  When the trio Michael Geary, Arthur McNally, and William Dohney saw the officer in front of them, Geary opened fire on the officer.  Officer Rowe collapsed on the ground.  A pursing officer opened fire and injured McNally.  McNally fell to the ground, causing Geary to trip over him.  Larson fled the scene and was later apprehended.  Officer Rowe died before arriving at Cook County Hospital.

Michael Geary, 22, was found guilty of both murders.  He was sentenced to serve two life terms.  In 1920, he escaped from prison but was apprehended after committing a bank robbery.  Arthur McNally, 17, and William Dohney, 16, were sentenced to Pontiac Reformatory due to their ages.

Officer Rowe was survived by his wife and daughter.