P.O. Patrick Durkin #1549

Name: Durkin
Star: 1549
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Mounted Unit
End of Watch: 02 May 1931
Incident Details: Police Officer Patrick Durkin, 38, was assigned to the Mounted Unit. On April 30, 1931, Officer Durkin and two detectives were detailed to arrest a wanted bank robber, Frank Jordan. The partners were waiting at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street when Jordan appeared. Officer Durkin attempted to put Jordan under arrest when the offender freed himself. Jordan drew a gun and fatally wounded the officer. Officer Anthony L. Ruthy, 43, was directing traffic nearby when he saw the commotion. Officer Ruthy was unaware that the operation was taking place; he joined the detectives and civilians in pursuing Jordan. A civilian, Ernest Schaeublin, tackled and was attempting to restrain Jordan when the offender fired one last shot, fatally wounding Officer Ruthy. Officer Ruthy succumbed to his injuries at Saint Luke’s Hospital. Officer Durkin succumbed to his injuries on May 2.

Frank Jordan was found guilty and electrocuted in Cook County Jail on October 16, 1931.

On August 5, 1931, the police department honor Ernest Schaeublin for his heroic effort in apprehending Frank Jordan. Schaeublin was presented with a gold honor star for meritorious service; it was the first presentation of its kind.

Officer Durkin’s funeral mass was held at St. Columbanus Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Beatrice; and children, Mary, Edward, and Eleanor.