P.O. Thomas Redden #621

Name: Redden, Thomas
Star: 621
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Desplaines Street Station
End of Watch: 17-May-1886
Incident Details: Police Officer Thomas Redden, 50, was a 12-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 3rd Precinct.

On May 4, 1886, union leaders, socialists, anarchists, and laborers gathered at Haymarket Square.  The group of approximately, 1,000 people was protesting work conditions and long work hours.  Between 8:00-9:00 p.m., the crowd burst into chaos briefly and nearly 200 police officers from the Desplaines Street Station were dispatched to maintain order.  Shortly after, an unknown assailant ignited a bomb in the crowd which led to gunfire and chaos.  Both police officers and civilians were injured and killed during the bedlam.

During the explosion, Officer Redden suffered a leg fracture.  He also sustained multiple gunshot wounds.  He succumbed to his injuries at County Hospital on May 17.

Officer Redden was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery.  He was survived by his wife and two children.