Ronald  Newman  | Star #6622

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 19 years, 3 months, 30 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 4th District - South Chicago

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

Cause of Death: Illness - COVID-19

Age at Time of Death: 59


Date of Birth: 28 Jan 1961

Date of Appointment: 18 Dec 2000

Date of Incident: 23 Mar 2020

End of Watch: 17 Apr 2020

Date of Interment:


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Lincoln Cemetery - Chicago, 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



 Military Service: Unknown


Incident & Biographic Details

Police Officer Ronald Newman, Star #6622, aged 59 years, was a 19 year, 3 month, 30 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 4th District - South Chicago.

On March 23, 2020 at 5:50 a.m., Officer Newman was placed on the “Medical Roll“ after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. On March 25, 2020, at 4:16 p.m., Officer Newman began experiencing breathing problems and went to the ER at the Little Company of Mary Hospital, located at 2800 West 95th Street, Evergreen Park, IL. He was admitted to the ICU and would later succumb to the illness. He was pronounced dead at 1:47 a.m. on April 17, 2020. On April 19, 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 Newman was the third Chicago Police Officer to die in the line of duty from COVID-19.

Police Officer Ronald Newman, born January 28, 1961, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on December 18, 2000 and was in Recruit Class 00-7 at the Jackson Street Police Academy. He earned 12 Department Commendations, 1 Honorable Mention Ribbon Award, 1 Unit Meritorious Award, 1 Joint Operations Awards, 4 Attendance Recognition Awards, The 2019 Crime Reduction Award, The 2009 Crime Reduction Award, The 2004 Crime Reduction Award, the NATO Summit Service Award, 118 Honorable Mentions and 6 Complimentary Letters during his career.

Officer Newman was waked at Leak & Sons Funeral Home located at 18400 South Pulaski Road, Country Club Hills, Illinois. He was laid to rest on April 23, 2020 in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Officer Newman was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Chiquita L. (Civilian CPD), age 51, son and stepdaughter.

Incident Recorded under RD #JD211066.