Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 22 years, 1 months, 16 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 8, 19th Precinct - Stock Yards
District of Incident (Present Day): 009 - Deering
Cause of Death: Struck - By Train
Age at Time of Death: 64
Date of Birth: 14 Jan 1905
Date of Appointment: 01 May 1883
Date of Incident: 17 Jun 1905
End of Watch: 17 Jun 1905
Date of Interment: 20 Jun 1905
Cemetery: Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case:
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 21
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall:
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall:
Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Patrick Rierdon, Star # Unknown, aged 64 years, was a 22 year, 1 month, 16 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 8, 19th Precinct - Stock Yards
On June 17, 1905, Officer Rierdon was on patrol as a watchman when a train struck him at 41st Street and Stewart Avenue. Officer Rierdon was directing a group of workman at the crossing when he jumped onto the northbound tracks to avoid a Southbound train. Unfortunately Pennsylvania Freight Engine train was headed northbound and he was struck. He was rushed to Mercy Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries one hour later.
Patrolman Patrick Rierdon, born in 1841, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 1, 1883.
Officer Rierdon was waked at his residence located at 5141 South Princeton Avenue and his funeral mass was held at St. Ann’s Church located at 1840 South Leavitt Street. He was laid to rest on June 20, 1905 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Officer Rierdon was survived by his children: Cecilia, Daniel, Dennis, Elizabeth, James, Margaret and Mary. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.