Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: South Park Police Department
Served: Length of Service Unknown
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Motorcycle Division
District of Incident (Present Day): 009 - Deering
Cause of Death: Crash - Motorcycle
Age at Time of Death: 28
Date of Birth: 22 Feb 1897
Date of Appointment:
Date of Incident: 15 Jun 1925
End of Watch: 23 Jun 1925
Date of Interment: 25 Jun 1925
Cemetery: Oakridge Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-9
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 1
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 15
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 21-E: 9
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Park Policeman William J. Allison, Star #304, aged 28 years, was a veteran of the South Park Police Department, assigned to the Motorcycle Division.
On June 15, 1925, Officer Allison was on duty and riding his motorcycle near Archer and Western Avenues in McKinley Park. The officer was severely injured after being pinned between two vehicles that had crashed. Officer Allison was transported to St. Anthony Hospital where he died eight days later on June 23, 1925.
Officer Allison was waked at his residence located at 2749 West 35th Street and his funeral mass was held at St. Agnes Catholic Church located at 2648 West Persing Road. He was laid to rest on June 25, 1925 in Oakridge Cemetery, 4301 West Roosevelt Road, Hillside, Illinois.
Park Policeman William J. Allison was born February 22, 1897.
Officer Allison was survived by his parents: Christiana (nee Thornton) and George K., Sr. and siblings: George, Letty Wiot, Mary Gels and Thomas.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
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.