Marco  DiFranco  | Star #19312

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 21 years, 10 months, 6 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Office of Operations, Bureau of Detectives, Criminal Networks Group, Unit 189 - Narcotics Division

District of Incident (Present Day): Park Ridge, IL

Cause of Death: Illness - COVID-19

Age at Time of Death: 50

Timeline


Date of Birth: 30 Apr 1969

Date of Appointment: 26 May 1998

Date of Incident: 26 Mar 2020

End of Watch: 02 Apr 2020

Date of Interment: 09 Apr 2020

 

Interment Details


 Cemetery: All Saints Catholic Cemetery - Des Plaines, Illinois
       Grave Location: Unknown
       Interment Disposition: Burial

 

Memorial Details


Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Pending Ceremony

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Pending Ceremony

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Pending Ceremony

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Pending Ceremony

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed

 

Service


 Military Service: Did Not Serve

 

Incident & Biographic Details


Police Officer Marco DiFranco, Star #19312, aged 50 years, was a 21 year, 10 month, 6 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Office of Operations, Bureau of Detectives, Criminal Networks Group, Unit 189 - Narcotics Division.

On March 26, 2020 at 10:06 p.m., Officer DiFranco was placed on the “Medical Roll“ after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. On March 29, 2020 at 10:22 p.m., he was hospitalized at Lutheran General Hospital, located at 1775 Dempster Street, Park Ridge, IL, where he was admitted to the ICU and intubated and would later succumb to the illness. He was pronounced dead at 1:02 a.m. on April 2, 2020. On April 3, 2020, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Interim Superintendent Charles Beck announced that Officer DiFranco’s death would be classified as in the line of duty. Officer DiFranco was the first Chicago Police Officer to die in the line of duty from COVID-19.

Officer DiFranco was waked at Cumberland Chapels located at 8300 West Lawrence Avenue, Norridge, IL, no funeral mass was observed. He was laid to rest on April 9, 2020 in All Saints Catholic Cemetery, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Police Officer Marco DiFranco, born April 30, 1969, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on May 26, 1998 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 1 Superintendents Award of Merit, 1 Special Commendation Award, 3 Police Officer of the Month Awards, 18 Department Commendations, 2 Unit Meritorious Awards, 4 Joint Operations Awards, 3 Attendance Recognition Awards, 11 Deployment Operations Center Awards, The 2019 Crime Reduction Award, The 2009 Crime Reduction Award, The 2004 Crime Reduction Award, the NATO Summit Service Award, 1 Presidential Election Deployment Award, 1 Superintendent’s Honorable Mention, 103 Honorable Mentions, 10 Complimentary Letters and 1 Other Award during his career. Prior to joining the Chicago Police Department, Officer DiFranco served in the U.S. Customs Service.

Officer DiFranco was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Maria; children: Olivia, age 10 and Pietro, age 7; mother, Santa (nee Scaravalle) and brother, Sal (Kimberly) (CPD). He was preceded in death by his father, Pietro and sister, Rosa.

Incident Recorded under RD #JD201849.