Joseph Francis Ives  | Star #1254

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 30 years, 4 months, 11 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 20th District - Brighton Park

District of Incident (Present Day): 009 - Deering

Cause of Death: Crash - Automobile

Age at Time of Death: 54

Timeline


Date of Birth: 26 Mar 1900

Date of Appointment: 29 Feb 1924

Date of Incident: 11 Jul 1954

End of Watch: 11 Jul 1954

Date of Interment: 14 Jul 1954

 

Interment Details


 Cemetery: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
       Grave Location: Lot N1/2 X368, Block --, Section G
       Interment Disposition: Burial

 

Memorial Details


Superintendent’s Honored Star Case:

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 7

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall:

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall:

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed

 

Service


 Military Service: No Military Record Found

 

Incident & Biographic Details


Sergeant Edward Horace Breen, Star #689, aged 54 years, was a 30 year, 4 month, 11 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 20th District - Brighton Park.

On July 11, 1954, Sergeant Edward Breen, while on duty as a supervising sergeant, was involved in an automobile accident near the intersection of Pershing Road and Hermitage Avenue. His patrol car had crashed into a metal post and was found with its red emergency light flashing. It was believed that he was chasing another vehicle for a traffic infraction when the crash occurred. Sergeant Breen was transported to Southtown Hospital where he died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Sergeant Breen was waked at Kenny Brothers Funeral Home located at 5438 South Halsted Street and his funeral mass was held at St. Clare de Montefalco Church located at 5443 South Washtenaw Avenue. He was laid to rest on July 14, 1954 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, 87th Street and Hamlin Avenue, Evergreen Park, Illinois. His grave is located in Lot N1/2 X368, Block --, Section G.

Sergeant Edward Horace Breen, born March 26, 1900, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 29, 1924. He earned 3 Credible Mentions and 2 Extra Compensations for Meritorious Conduct totaling $240.00 during his career. Breen was promoted to Sergeant on February 9, 1945.

Sergeant Breen was survived by his wife, Ann (nee Brankin); father: John J. and siblings: Helen Singer, Lawrence and Thomas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine (nee Fenton).