P.O. Roger Van Schaik #14299

Name: Van Schaik, Roger
Star: 14299
Memorial Panel #: 22
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 005
End of Watch: 03 March 1979
Incident Details: Police Officer Roger Van Schaik, 31, was assigned to the Kensington District–Tactical Unit. On March 3, 1979, Officer Roger Van Schaik, and his partner, William Bosak, 33, were ambushed by a lone shooter. The offender, Kenneth Allen, was driving on 115th and Halsted Streets when he saw the officers involved in a routine traffic stop. Allen exited his vehicle and began shooting at the officers. The panicked occupants of the curbed vehicle had no relation to Allen, and drove away. Allen, shot both officers multiple times. Officer Van Schaik was pleading for his life when Allen stood over him and shot him twice at point blank range. Officer Van Schaik and Officer Bosak succumbed to their injuries. Police Officer Van Shaik was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Ann; children, Erica, Deanna, and Mark.