Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 6 years, 8 months, 11 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: 22nd District - Maxwell
District of Incident (Present Day): 012 - Near West
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Accidental
Age at Time of Death: 36
Date of Birth: 06 Jun 1905
Date of Appointment: 16 Aug 1935
Date of Incident: 27 Apr 1942
End of Watch: 27 Apr 1942
Date of Interment: 30 Apr 1942
Cemetery: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Alsip, Illinois
Grave Location: Grave 2, Lot W71, Block 2, Section 58, Vault 29
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-1
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 22
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 43
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 21-W: 2
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Martin Charles McCaw, Star #6991, aged 36 years, was a 6 year, 8 month, 11 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 22nd District – Maxwell.
On April 27, 1942, Officer McCaw and his partner, Patrolman Louis Onixt, were in pursuit of two drunken bandits. The officers chased them into a vacant lot located at 653 South Blue Island Avenue. Officer McCaw had entered the vacant lot first and was in the process of taking one of the bandits into custody when Officer Onixt tripped and his service revolver discharged. Tragically, the errant round struck Officer McCaw in the head mortally wounding him. After the gunshot, the bandits fled the scene on foot. Officer McCaw was transported to Mother Cabrini Hospital where he was pronounced dead on April 27, 1942.
Officer McCaw was waked at Thomas McInerney’s Sons Funeral Home located at 4635 South Wallace Street. He was laid to rest on April 30, 1942 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 West 111th Street, Alsip, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 2, Lot W71, Block 2, Section 58, Vault 29.
Patrolman Martin Charles McCaw, born June 6, 1905, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 16, 1935. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career. McCaw was also awarded the Chicago Tribune Fire and Police Hero Award in January 1942 for rescuing five people from a burning apartment building. Prior to joining the Chicago Police Department Officer McCaw was a Police Officer for the Century of Progress Police Department.
Officer McCaw was survived by his wife, Mary C. (nee Barrett), age 36 and children: James Edward, age 11, John, age 14, Martin Donald, age 9, Mary Lorraine, age 13 and Norine Margaret, age 12. His son John also became a Chicago Police Officer and served for 16 years. John McCaw also served in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a veteran of the Korean War, served as a Deputy Sheriff in Van Buren County Michigan and twice ran for Sheriff of Van Buren County as a Democrat.