Sergeant James R. Schaffer #824

Name: Schaffer, James R.
Star: 824
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Sergeant
District / Unit: 004
End of Watch: 14 April 1969
Incident Details: Sergeant James Schaffer, 47, was a 21-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the South Chicago Station. On April 14, 1969, Sergeant James Schaffer and his partner, Detective Jerome Stubig, went to an apartment on the 9500 block of South Exchange. The resident of the apartment, Frank Kulak, was suspected of bombing the Goldblatt’s Department Store. Sergeant Schaffer was fatally wounded by Kulak on the back porch. Detective Stubig was fatally wounded by the gunman when he went to assist Sergeant Schaffer. The incident lasted six hours and consisted of dozens of rounds of bullets and bombs being set-off. Four policemen were also injured from bomb blasts. Sergeant Schaffer’s funeral mass was held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in St. Mary Cemetery. He was survived by his wife and children.