Sergeant Alane M. Stoffregen #1203

Name: Stoffregen, Alane M.
Star: 1203
Memorial Panel #: 11
Rank: Sergeant
District / Unit: Marine Unit
End of Watch: 02 June 2000
Incident Details: Sergeant Alane Stoffregen, 50, was a 22-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Marine Unit. On June 2, 2000, Sergeant Stoffregen was participating in a “search-and-rescue” training mission about a mile away from the Lake Michigan shore. Sgt. Stoffregen had completed a 35-minute diving practice session and signaled to her diving partner that she was going to return to the boat. When she reached the water’s surface, she was met by crushing, three-foot waves. As she attempted to reach the Chicago Marine boat, her efforts and those of the officer onboard were impeded by the force of the waves. A second Marine Unit boat responded and assisted in her rescue. The officers immediately rushed her to a waiting ambulance. She was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she died an hour later. Doctors concluded that panic, fatigue, and exhaustion attributed to Sergeant Stoffregen’s accidental drowning. Sergeant Stoffregen’s funeral mass was held at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic Church. She is survived by her mother, Agnes; five brothers: Kenneth, Gale, Ronald, Timothy and James and a sister, MaryBeth.