Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: South Park Police Department
Served: Length of Service Unknown
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Patrol Division
District of Incident (Present Day): 002 - Wentworth
Cause of Death: Struck - By Vehicle
Age at Time of Death: 30
Date of Birth: 20 Nov 1893
Date of Appointment:
Date of Incident: 13 Dec 1923
End of Watch: 15 Dec 1923
Date of Interment: 17 Dec 1923
Cemetery: Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-8
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 14
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 9
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 16-W: 7
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Park Policeman Daniel J. Carey, Sr., Star #116, aged 30 years, was a veteran of the South Park Police Department, assigned to the Patrol Division.
On December 13, 1923, Officer Carey was on patrol riding his motorcycle. He stopped traffic at 32nd Street and South Michigan Avenue, in South Park, to shoot a lame horse that had broken its leg. The horse was blocking traffic in the intersection. While in the street, Officer Carey was struck by a vehicle that had barreled through the intersection at a high rate of speed and sustained a fractured skull. Andrew B. Douglas of 833 West George Street who was accompanied by George Leach of 4704 North Kildare Avenue drove the vehicle. Officer Carey was taken to Michael Reese Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries two days later on December 15, 1923.
Both Douglas and Leach were arrested. On December 17, 1923, Andrew B. Douglas was held to the Coroner’s Grand Jury. It is unknown the outcome.
Officer Carey was waked at his residence located at 5813 South Indiana Avenue. His funeral mass was held at Holy Cross Catholic Church located at 842 East 65th Street. He was laid to rest on December 17, 1923 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Park Policeman Daniel J. Carey, Sr. was born on November 20, 1893.
Officer Carey was survived by his wife, Margaret (nee Kelly); son, Daniel J., Jr. and siblings: Genevieve, James, John, Margaret, Marie and Thomas.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department homicide file, Case #5921.
The South Park Police Department, in the City of Chicago, was disbanded on April 30, 1934. On May 1, 1934, the remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Park District Police Department, which was organized on the same date. Three park district police departments, Lincoln, West, and South were consolidated into the Chicago Park District Police Department. Fallen officers of the South Park Police Department are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers. Their stars are displayed in the Honored Star Case located in the lobby of the Chicago Police Department at 3510 South Michigan Avenue.