P.O. Robert R. Golden #420

Name: Golden, Robert R.
Star: 420
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Garfied Park Station
End of Watch: 14 November 1956
Incident Details: Police Officer Robert Golden, 35, was a 9-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Garfield Park Station. On November 14, 1956, Officer Robert Golden stopped in the Bel-Mar Tavern, Bartlett and Higgins Roads to drink a soda after finishing his tour. As the officer sat inside, two armed robbers, Bobby Brimhall and Edward Pack, entered the tavern and announced, “Everyone be quiet. This is a stickup.” Officer Golden immediately shouted, “I’m a police officer; drop your guns” and attempted to draw his weapon. As the officer drew his service weapon, Brimhall opened fire with a .16 gauge shotgun, fatally wounding the officer. Bobby J. Brimhall, 20, was sentenced to life in prison. Edward R. Pack, 19, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Robert L. Lord, 18, the getaway driver, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Officer Golden is survived by his wife, Patricia, and sons, Michael and Daniel.