P.O. Joseph Isola #653


Name: Isola, Joseph
Star: 653
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Park
End of Watch: 01 November 1935
Incident Details: Police Officer Joseph Isola, 46, was a 15-year veteran of the Park District Police.

On November 1, 1935, Officer Isola was patrolling his beat when Charles McGavin, a former Illinois Congressman, alerted him that his friend was being robbed and assaulted. Charles McGavin had been walking with his friend, Joseph Posch when two armed robbers approached them near the intersection of Ada Street and Washington Boulevard. The robbers honed in on Posch that allowed McGavin to run for help. When McGavin and Officer Isola reached the scene, the offenders opened fire and shot the officer. Posch survived the incident, but lost an eye. Officer Isola was rushed to Garfield Park Hospital where he died the next day.

The two offenders were never apprehended.

Officer Isola’s funeral mass was held at Christian Assembly Church and he was laid to rest in Mount Olive Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Mary and sons, James and Lloyd.