P.O. Patrick J. Gallagher #4966

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Name: Gallagher, Patrick J.
Star: 4966
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Town Hall Station
End of Watch: 14 April 1931
Incident Details: Police Officer Patrick Gallagher, 41, was a 15-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Town Hall Station. On April 13, 1931, Officer Gallagher and his partner, Officer Carl Johnson, responded to a noise complaint in a building located in the 900 block of West Wilson Avenue. When the officers arrived to the Windsor-Wilson Hotel, they informed Frederick Sprague, of the complaint and he agreed to quiet-down. However, as the officers walked down the hallway, they heard the occupants become rowdy. When the officers knocked on the door a second time, Sprague opened the door and fired two shots, striking Officer Gallagher in the abdomen. Officer Gallagher succumbed to his injuries at Lakeview Hospital on April 13.

Frederick Sprague was acquitted of the murder.

Officer Gallagher was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery. He was survived by his wife and four children.