Patrick J. Costello  | Star #4433

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 17 years, 8 months, 29 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Traffic Division

District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central

Cause of Death: Fall - From Streetcar

Age at Time of Death: 45

Timeline


Date of Birth: 20 Mar 1886

Date of Appointment: 05 Jun 1913

Date of Incident: 02 Apr 1931

End of Watch: 03 Apr 1931

Date of Interment: 08 Apr 1931

 

Interment Details


 Cemetery: All Saints Catholic Cemetery - Des Plaines, Illinois
       Grave Location: Grave 3, Lot S12, Block 8, Section 6
       Interment Disposition: Burial

 

Memorial Details


Superintendent’s Honored Star Case:

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 23

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 29

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 4-E: 13

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed

 

Service


 Military Service: No Military Record Found

 

Incident & Biographic Details


Sergeant Patrick Joseph Costello, Star #4433, aged 45 years, was a 17 year, 11 month, 29 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Traffic Division.

On April 2, 1931, at 3:30 p.m., Sergeant Costello was on duty supervising traffic officers at various intersections and had just finished checking on an officer. His next stop was to be Roosevelt Road and Halsted Street. Sergeant Costello attempted to board a Westbound Roosevelt Road trolley and at Van Buren and LaSalle Streets he lost his hold. He slipped from the step of a trolley and struck his head on the pavement in which he sustained a skull fracture. Sergeant Costello was transported to Alexian Brothers Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:00 a.m. on April 3, 1931.

Officer Costello was waked at his residence located at 1015 West School Street and his funeral mass was held at St. Andrew Parish Church located at 3546 North Paulina Street. He was laid to rest on April 8, 1931 in All Saints Catholic Cemetery, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 3, Lot S12, Block 8, Section 6.

Sergeant Patrick Joseph Costello, born March 20, 1886, received a Temporary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 11, 1919 prior to his Probationary Appointment to the Department on June 5, 1913. On May 6, 1922, he was promoted to Sergeant. He had been a chauffeur for General Superintendent Morgan Collins during his administration. Prior to joining the Chicago Police Department he was a ST. Fireman.

Sergeant Costello was a member of the Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Mary J. (nee Byrne), age 48; children: Ann Celia, age 9, Baley, age 16, Elizabeth Jane, age 7, Mary Catherine, age 16 Patricia, age 12 and siblings: John, Mrs. L. Flume and Mrs. M. McGlone. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Anna, age 2.