P.O. Michael J. Lynch #5343

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Name: Lynch, Michael J.
Star: 5343
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Stanton Avenue Station
End of Watch: 08 December 1928
Incident Details: Police Officer Michael Lynch, 38, was a 7-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Stanton Avenue Station. On December 8, 1928, Officer Lynch was assigned to protect a store at 458 East 37th Street. The officer was in the rear of the store when armed robbers entered with their weapons drawn. Officer Lynch opened fire, but was shot by one of the offenders, Henry Dixon. Officer Lynch died from his injuries.

Henry Dixon, 22, was sentenced to life in prison and two additional sentences of 50 years each. He had also murdered two other people. The other men were not convicted.

Officer Lynch’s funeral mass was held at St. Sabina’s Church and he was laid to rest in Mount Olivet Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Veronica; and children, Joseph, Thomas, Marie, and Rita.