Clifford W. Martin Sr. | Star #1456

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 25 years, 3 months, 7 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Office of Operations, Bureau of Detectives, Unit 610 - Bureau of Detectives - Area Central

District of Incident (Present Day): 002 - Wentworth

Cause of Death: Illness - COVID-19

Age at Time of Death: 56

Timeline


Date of Birth: 04 Jun 1963

Date of Appointment: 03 Jan 1995

Date of Incident: 20 Mar 2020

End of Watch: 10 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

 

Service


 Military Service: Unknown

 

Incident & Biographic Details


Sergeant Clifford W. Martin, Sr., Star #1456, aged 50 years, was a 25 year, 3 month, 7 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Office of Operations, Bureau of Detectives, Unit 610 - Bureau of Detectives - Area Central.

On March 20, 2020, Sergeant Martin began experiencing minor symtoms of COVID-19 and went to the ER at the University of Chicago Hospital to be tested. On March 22, 2020 at 10:43 a.m., Sergeant Martin was placed on the “Medical Roll“ after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. On March 29, 2020, he was hospitalized at the University of Chicago Hospital, located at 5700 South Maryland Avenue, where he was admitted to the ICU and would later succumb to the illness. He was pronounced dead by Dr. Avery Tung at 12:27 p.m. on April 10, 2020. On April 14, 2020, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Interim Superintendent Charles Beck announced that Officer DiFranco’s death would be classified as in the line of duty. Sergeant Martin was the second Chicago Police Officer to die in the line of duty from COVID-19.

Sergeant Clifford W. Martin, Sr., born June 4, 1963, received his Probationary Appointment to the Department on January 3, 1995 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. On February 16, 2014, he was promoted to Sergeant. He earned 1 Police Officer of the Month Award, 9 Department Commendations, 2 Joint Operations Awards, 5 Attendance Recognition Awards, The 2019 Crime Reduction Award, The 2009 Crime Reduction Award, The 2004 Crime Reduction Award, the NATO Summit Service Award, 1 Democratic Convention Service Award, 7 Honorable Mentions, 1 Physical Fitness Award and 8 Complimentary Letters during his career.

Sergeant Martin was waked at Calahan Funeral Home located at 7030 South Halsted Street. He was laid to rest on April 21, 2020 in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Sergeant Martin was a member of the Police Benevolent & Protective Association. He was survived by his wife, Robin R. and three children: Clifford Martin, Jr. (CPD), age 23.

Incident Recorded under RD #JD206287.