Death Classification: Performance of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 5 years, 5 months, 21 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: 14th District - Shakespeare
District of Incident (Present Day): 014 - Shakespeare
Cause of Death: Illness - Cardiac Arrest
Age at Time of Death: 38
Date of Birth: 15 Nov 1924
Date of Appointment: 01 Jul 1957
Date of Incident: 22 Dec 1962
End of Watch: 22 Dec 1962
Date of Interment: 24 Dec 1962
Cemetery: Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
Grave Location: Grave 6, Lot 52, Block 2, Section 37
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case:
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 13
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 Paul A. Batson, Star #10018, aged 38 years, was a 5 year, 5 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 14th District - Shakespeare.
On December 22, 1962, Officer Batson was on patrol with his partner heading Eastbound on west Armitage Avenue. They witnessed a white Chevrolet convertible traveling on the wrong side of Armitage at a high rate of speed, which forced the officers' vehicle into the curb. The officers gave chase, but the driver of the suspect vehicle increased his speed and refused to pull over. As the chase ended, the driver leapt from his vehicle, raised his hands, but refused to turn around as commanded by Batson and his partner. Officer Batson used necessary force to subdue the driver and placed him under arrest. During the arrest, Batson suffered a heart attack and expired.
Officer Batson was waked at Rago Brothers Funeral Home located at 5120 West Fullerton Avenue and his funeral mass was held at Santa Maria Addolorata Catholic Church located at 528 North Ada Street. He was laid to rest on December 24, 1962 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 6, Lot 52, Block 2, Section 37.
Patrolman Paul A. Batson, born November 15, 1924, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 1, 1957.
Officer Batson was survived by his wife, Elaine (nee Ryan); children: Patricia, Philip and Phyllis Ann; mother, Carrie (nee Berger) and sister, Grace Saletta. He was preceded in death by his father, Philip.