Memorial Panel #:
District / Unit:
Shakespeare Street Station
End of Watch:
28 November 1941
P.O. William Buck, 42, was a 17-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Shakespeare Street Station.
On November 28, 1941, P.O. William Buck was on a routine patrol of the Shakespeare District with his partner, P.O. Ben Smith. As the officers approached the intersection of California Avenue and Cortland Street, their patrol car was struck by another vehicle being driven by Frank Corso. According to court records, Corso had been fined three times in the past year on speeding charges.
P.O. Smith suffered minor injuries and P.O. Buck was rushed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. He expired shortly thereafter from injuries sustained during the accident.