Sergeant Claude M. Fisher #1570

Name: Fisher, Claude M.
Star: 1570
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Sergeant
District / Unit: 021
End of Watch: 19 April 1966
Incident Details: Sergeant Claude Fisher, 38, was an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Prairie Avenue Station. On April 19, 1966, Sergeant Fisher was off duty and at a tavern in the 4600 block of South Western Avenue. While inside, three men entered the tavern and attempted an armed robbery. The sergeant announced himself and drew his weapon when two of the assailants fired at him. Sergeant Fisher was transported to Central Community Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Alfred Armstrong, Jerry Sumlin, and Vernon Rhodes were found guilty of Sergeant Fisher’s death. Armstrong, 23, was sentenced to serve 100-150 years in prison. Sumlin, 18, and Rhodes, 19, were each sentenced to 50 to 100 years. Andrew Hale, who was outside during the scene, was acquitted of all charges because the state showed no evidence implicating him in the incident. Sergeant Fisher was laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Gloria, and five children: Gail, Michael, Sandra, Catherine, and Karen.