Sergeant Michael R. Palese #1514

Name: Palese, Michael R.
Star: 1514
Memorial Panel #: 15
Rank: Sergeant
District / Unit: 017
End of Watch: 22 March 1977
Incident Details: Michael Palese, 45, was a 20-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 017 District. On March 22, 1977, Sergeant Palese was looking for a missing 6-year-old girl during a snowstorm. At approximately 9:00 p.m., the girl’s parents notified the Chicago Police Department that their child had failed to return home from school. Sergeant Palese noticed holes in a wire fence near Kildare Park-a block west of the girl’s home. Fearing the girl may have been struck by a train, the sergeant went to investigate the area along the train tracks. Sergeant Palese was struck by a passing commuter train. The girl was found safe at a schoolmate’s home. Officer Palese’s funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Angels Church and he was laid to rest in Mount Carmel Cemetery. He is survived by his son, Robert; and brother, Robert.