|Name:||Murphy, Thomas J.|
|Memorial Panel #:||#PANEL#|
|District / Unit:||2533|
|End of Watch:||01 February 1934|
|Incident Details:||Patrolman Thomas J. Murphy, 40, was an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 17th District - New City.
On December 31, 1933, Officer Murphy was assigned to guard the Eastman Coal Company, which was located in an area that had been experiencing a pattern of robberies.
Just before midnight, the officer was inside the facility standing near a doorway when he heard the office manager, Fern Else, say, "here they come again, the same bandits." Two of the gunmen peered through a side window of the business, brandished their weapons and told those inside to "stick em' up." A third bandit attempted to enter the building by shooting through a locked office door. Officer Murphy returned fire through the door and during the exchange, the two bandits at the window fled the scene. Unbeknownst to Officer Murphy, the third offender shifted his position, and relocated to the window area. He fired his weapon through the window, striking Officer Murphy in the back. The offender then fled to a getaway car, described as a Ford V-8 auto, which was driven by a fourth member of the robbery crew. All four bandits made good their escape.
Officer Murphy was transported to Mercy Hospital where he lingered for one month before succumbing to his injuries at 2:00 a.m. on February 1, 1934.
Officer Murphy's funeral mass was held at St. Basil's Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 W. 111th Street, Alsip, IL.
Patrolman Thomas J. Murphy received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 27, 1922 and earned two Credible Mentions during his career. He was also a veteran of World War I, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife and children: John age 5 and Thomas Jr., age 6. John also became a Chicago police officer and served 25 years with the Department before retiring.
John's son, Michael, became a Chicago police officer as well. In 2005, as a sergeant, Michael was very involved with the planning of the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park.