P.O. Richard E. Pegue #371

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Name: Peague, Richard E.
Star: 371
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Temporary Patrolman
District / Unit: Chicago Park
End of Watch: 07 March 1946
Incident Details: Police Officer Richard Pegue, 25, was a 1-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Chicago Park District Police.

On March 7, 1946, Officer Pegue and his partner, Officer Cantrell, were searching for a suspected rapist that had tried to attack a girl in Washington Park. The officers saw a man with a girl that fit the suspect’s description and arrested him. The suspect and the girl were being transported to the Wabash Avenue Station when the unrestrained girl attacked Officer Cantrell. The teenager broke a bottle over Officer Cantrell’s head while the suspect disarmed and shot Officer Pegue in the heart. The girl and the suspect fled the scene and were never apprehended.

Officer Pegue is survived by his wife, Laura and his son, Richard Jr. He was a WWII Veteran. He received five battle stars for his bravery at of the Battle of Normandy.