P.O. Roman C. Steinke #4706

Name: Steinke, Roman C.
Star: 4706
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Shakespeare Avenue Station
End of Watch: 13 February 1954
Incident Details: Police Officer Roman Steinke, 42, was a 13-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Shakespeare Avenue Station. On February 6, 1954, Officer Roman Steinke and his partner, Detective Jeremiah Lucey, went to a laundry shop in the 2700 block of Diversey Avenue to serve an arrest warrant to Sam Lee. Lee was wanted after he slapped an 11-year-old boy and the child alerted his father. When the detectives arrived at the shop and attempted to arrest Lee, he shot and fatally wounded them. Lee was shot by officers who responded to the scene; he later died. Detective Lucey died at Alexian Brothers Hospital on February 7. Officer Steinke died on February 13 at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Officer Steinke’s funeral mass was held at St. Edward’s Church and he was laid to rest in St. Adalbert’s Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and children, Patricia and Michael.