P.O. Michael J. Toth #7334

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Name: Totg, Michael, J.
Star: 7334
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Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: New City Station
End of Watch: 08 November 1936
Incident Details: olice Officer Michael Toth, 32, was a 1-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the New City Station. On November 8, 1936, Officer Toth and his partner, Officer Thomas Bourke, responded to a “disturbance.” Walter Godula, the owner of Walter Godula’s Tavern, in the 4800 block of South Wood Street contacted police after two men attempted to sell guns in his saloon. During the call to police, Godula reported a “disturbance,” but failed to notify dispatch that the men were armed. When the partners arrived at the scene, Godula pointed them out to police. While Officer Burke approached Stanley Murawski, his partner, Frank Whyte, disarmed the officer. Officer Toth simultaneously drew his gun and managed to fire several shots, striking Whyte once, before being shot five times by Murawski, 37. The offenders fled the scene. Officer Toth was transported to German Deaconess Hospital in critical condition where he later died.

Stanley Murawski and Frank Whyte, both parolees, were later apprehended and found guilty of Officer Toth’s murder. They died in the electric chair on April 16, 1937. The early parole of both men led to an investigation of the parole system by then-Gov. Horner.

Officer Toth’s funeral mass was held at Saints Cyril and Methodius Church and he was laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Elsie, and children, Robert and Kenneth.