P.O. Richard F. Gipson #3451

Name: Gipson, Richard F
Star: 3451
Memorial Panel #: 14
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 016
End of Watch: 04 February 1981
Incident Details: Police Officer Richard F. Gipson, 56, was a 24-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. On February 4, 1981, one day away from retirement, he was directing traffic at O’Hare International Airport when he was called into the American Airlines terminal to investigate two suspicious women, Brandie Mason and Denise Herlihy. The women had attempted to purchase TWA airline tickets with a check and identification that did not match their names. TWA employees notified the other airlines about the suspicious pair and they were apprehended while attempting the same ruse at the American Airlines terminal. When Officer Gipson arrived at the scene, one of the women attempted to swallow the check. A struggle ensued and the officer suffered a fatal heart attack. He was transported to Resurrection Hospital. Both women were charged with forgery and aggravated battery. On February 7, 1981, Officer Gipson was laid to rest in All Saints Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Irene; a daughter, Gail and two grandchildren.