P.O. William A. O'Connor #3470


Name: O’Connor, William A.
Star: 3470
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Englewood Station
End of Watch: 03 June 1928
Incident Details: Police Officer William O’Connor, 32, was a 9-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Englewood Station. On June 3, 1928, Officer O’Connor had finished his tour of duty when a citizen informed him of a robbery-in-progress occurring in Harold Grady’s “soft drink” parlor in the 7100 block of South Halsted Street. When the officer reached the scene, he encountered the armed robbers exiting the establishment. They opened fire on the officer, fatally injuring him. Officer O’Connor was transported to Englewood Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on June 4.

Alfred Malette was sentenced to 20 years in prison. John Dempsey and Edward Demker were sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Officer O’Connor was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery.