FALLEN OFFICER DEMOGRAPHICS

Statistical data of fallen officers broken down by category.

Last Updated: January 18, 2024

PAGE INDEX

|  Age  |  Cemetery / Interment  |  Classification  |  Department  |  District of Incident  |  Duty Status  |
|  Fraternal Organization  |  Memorial  |  Military Service  |  Rank / Title  |  Type / Cause  |  Years of Service  |

DEATHS BY CLASSIFICATION


Classification Total Classification Total
Line of Duty Deaths 595 Performance of Duty Deaths 47
Military Service Deaths 8 Canine & Equine Duty Deaths 14

DEATHS BY DEPARTMENT


Totals include Military Service and Canine & Equine Duty Deaths.

Department Total Department Total
Chicago Police Department 623 Lincoln Park District Police Department 6
Chicago Housing Authority Police Department 1 Morgan Park Police Department 1
Chicago Park District Police Department 13 North Shore Park District Police Department 1
Chicago Department of Aviation Police Department 1 Rogers Park Police Department 1
Irving Park Police Department 1 South Park District Police Department 11
Lake Township Police Department 1 West Park District Police Department 4

DEATHS BY RANK / TITLE


Totals include Military Service and Canine & Equine Duty Deaths.

Rank / Title Total Rank / Title Total
Constable 3 Acting Detective Sergeant 1
Probationary Patrolman 18 Detective Sergeant 14
Probationary Police Officer 1 Acting Sergeant 1
Patrolman 440 Temporary Sergeant 1
Police Officer 25 Sergeant 39
Temporary Park Policeman 1 Desk Sergeant 2
Park Policeman 33 Patrol Sergeant 1
Canine Handler 1 Lieutenant 6
Evidence Technician 2 Captain 2
Patrol Specialist 3 Commander 1
Field Training Officer 1 First Deputy Superintendent 1
Temporary Detective 2 Chief of Police 1
Detective 47 Police Canine (Dog) 8
Investigator 1 Police Equine (Horse) 6
Youth Officer 1

DEATHS BY DUTY STATUS


Totals include Military Service and Canine & Equine Duty Deaths.

Duty Status Total Duty Status Total
On Duty at Time of Incident 545 Off Duty at Time of Incident 108
On Leave of Absence at Time of Incident 8

DEATHS BY TYPE / CAUSE


Totals include Military Service and Canine & Equine Duty Deaths.

Type / Cause Total Type / Cause Total
Accident – Foot Pursuit 1 Fire – Burned 1
Aggravated Battery – Beating 2 Gunfire – Accidental 6
Aggravated Battery – Blunt Trauma 10 Gunfire – Enemy 396
Aggravated Battery – Cardiac Arrest 1 Gunfire – Friendly 10
Aggravated Battery – Stabbed 3 Gunfire – Friendly (Accidental) 17
Aggravated Battery – Throat Slit 1 Illness – Blood Poisoning 1
Animal Bite 1 Illness – Cancer (Duty Related) 1
Asphyxiated 1 Illness – Cardiac Arrest 35
Crash – Automobile 32 Illness – Cerebral Hemorrhage 2
Crash – Automobile (Pursuit) 12 Illness – Cirrhosis of the Liver 1
Crash – Helicopter 2 Illness – COVID-19 7
Crash – Motorcycle 18 Illness – Erysipelas 1
Crash – Motorcycle (Pursuit) 13 Illness – Gangrene 1
Crash – Plane 1 Illness – Infection 0
Drowned 2 Illness – Other 5
Electrocuted 2 Illness – Pneumonia 1
Explosion – Accidental 3 Illness – Pulmonary Embolism 1
Explosion – Bomb 5 Illness – Sepsis 1
Fall – Down Elevator Shaft 1 Killed In U.S. Service 4
Fall – Down Staircase 1 Poisoning 5
Fall – From Balcony / Over Railing 2 Struck – By Horse Drawn Wagon 1
Fall – From Building 1 Struck – By Street Car 1
Fall – From Streetcar 1 Struck – By Train 11
Fall – Into Excavation / Shaft 1 Struck – By Truck 1
Fall – Thrown From Automobile 1 Struck – By Vehicle 25
Fall – Thrown From Horse 3 Unknown Cause of Death 1
Fall – Thrown From Motorcycle 2 Vehicular Homicide 1

DEATHS BY AGE


Totals include Military Service and Canine & Equine Duty Deaths. Youngest Officer Killed = 21 Years of Age

Age Group Total Age Group Total
0 – 9 Years of Age (K-9’s and Equines Only) 4 50 – 54 Years of Age 52
10 – 19 Years of Age (K-9’s and Equines Only) 4 55 – 59 Years of Age 34
20 – 24 Years of Age 11 60 – 64 Years of Age 11
25 – 29 Years of Age 94 65 – 69 Years of Age 6
30 – 34 Years of Age 141 70 – 74 Years of Age 5
35 – 39 Years of Age 131 75 – 79 Years of Age 0
40 – 44 Years of Age 91 80 – 84 Years of Age 1
45 – 49 Years of Age 70 Age Unknown 6

DEATHS BY YEARS OF SERVICE


Totals include Military Service and Canine & Equine Duty Deaths. Least Senior = 18 Days of Service, Most Senior = 44 Years, 6 Months, 21 Days of Service

Years of Service Group Total Years of Service Group Total
0 – 11 Months of Service 29 25 – 29 Years of Service 32
1 – 4 Years of Service 181 30 – 34 Years of Service 14
5 – 9 Years of Service 119 35 – 39 Years of Service 6
10 – 14 Years of Service 111 40 – 44 Years of Service 3
15 – 19 Years of Service 74 45 – 49 Years of Service 1
20 – 24 Years of Service 63 Length of Service Unknown 28

DEATHS BY DISTRICT OF INCIDENT


Totals include Military Service and Canine & Equine Duty Deaths.

4Years of Service Group Total Years of Service Group Total
1st District – Central 74 15th District – Austin 9
2nd District – Wentworth 84 16th District – Jefferson Park 6
3rd District – Grand Crossing 29 17th District – Albany Park 4
4th District – South Chicago 23 18th District – Near North 36
5th District – Calumet 13 19th District – Town Hall 35
6th District – Gresham 24 20th District – Lincoln 12
7th District – Englewood 22 22nd District – Morgan Park 11
8th District – Chicago Lawn 18 24th District – Rogers Park 10
9th District – Deering 44 25th District – Grand Central 14
10th District – Ogden 21 Outside of the City of Chicago 14
11th District – Harrison 31 Outside of the State of Illinois 4
12th District – Near West 92 Outside of the United States of America 6
14th District – Shakespeare 19 District / Location of Incident Unknown 5

DEATHS BY MILITARY SERVICE


The below numbers reflect those Officers known to have served in a branch of the Confederacy or U.S. Military. The numbers presented are most likely underestimated. It is likely that more Officers have served in the military, but their status is unknown.

Branch / Department Total Branch / Department Total
American Expeditionary Forces American Expeditionary Forces 3 U.S. Coast Guard United States Coast Guard Reserve 1
C.S.A. Army Confederate States of America Army 1 U.S. Marine Corps United States Marine Corps 27
U.S. Air Force United States Air Force 8 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve United States Marine Corps 4
U.S. Army United States Army 93 U.S. Navy United States Navy 27
U.S. Army Air Corps United States Army Air Corps 4 U.S. Navy Reserve United States Navy Reserve 9
U.S. Army National Guard United States Army National Guard 4 U.S. Flag Served,  Branch Unknown 27
U.S. Army Reserve United States Army Reserve 4 Canadian Army Canadian Army 1
U.S. Army Signal Corps United States Army Signal Corps 1 Did Not Serve 55
U.S. Coast Guard United States Coast Guard 1 Service Unknown 370

 

 

DEATHS BY MEMBERSHIP IN A FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION


The below numbers reflect those Officers known to have been a member of one or more of the organizations listed below. The numbers presented are most likely underestimated. It is likely that more Officers were also a member in one or more of the organizations, but their membership status is unknown.

  Organization Total   Organization Total
American Legion American Legion 28 Knights of Pythias Knights of Pythias 5
Amvets Amvets 2 Knights Templars Knights Templars 1
The Ancient Order of Hibernians The Ancient Order of Hibernians 6 Latin American Police Association Latin American Police Association 5
Bomerwald Lodge Bomerwald Lodge 1 Lincoln Park Police Social & Benevolent Association Lincoln Park Police Social & Benevolent Association 3
Catholic Order of Foresters Catholic Order of Foresters 7 Loyal Order of the Moose Loyal Order of the Moose 1
Chicago Park Policemen's Benevolent Association Chicago Park Policemen’s Benevolent Association 3 Master Mason Master Mason 18
Chicago Patrolman's Club Chicago Patrolman’s Club 5 Military Order of the Purple Heart Military Order of the Purple Heart 1
Chicago Patrolmen's Association Chicago Patrolmen’s Association 6 Marnot Haftic Club Marnot Haftic Club 1
Chicago Policemen's Benevolent & Welfare Association Chicago Policemen’s Benevolent & Welfare Association 112 Modern Woodmen of America Modern Woodmen of America 2
Chicago Police Officers Local 1975 Chicago Police Officers Local 1975 1 National Union National Union 1
Chicago Police Sergeant's Association Chicago Police Sergeant’s Association 3 Order of Columbian Knights Order of Columbian Knights 1
Clan na Gael Guards Clan na Gael Guards 1 Police Benevolent & Protective Association Police Benevolent & Protective Association 14
Confederation of Police Confederation of Police 12 Police Protective Association Police Protective Association 1
Emerald Society Emerald Society 1 Polish American Police Association Polish American Police Association 2
Flags S.A.C. Flags S.A.C. 1 Royal Arcanum Royal Arcanum 6
Fraternal Order of Police Fraternal Order of Police 94 Royal Arch Masons Royal Arch Masons 1
Fraternal Policemen's Benefit Association Fraternal Policemen’s Benefit Association 1 Shamrock American Club Shamrock American Club 1
Holy Family Total Abstinence & Benevolent Society Holy Family Total Abstinence & Benevolent Society 1 Shriner Shriner 2
Holy Name Society Holy Name Society 8 Shriner St.Joseph’s Guild 1
Illinois Humane Society Illinois Humane Society 1 St. Jude Police League St. Jude Police League 52
Illinois Police Association Illinois Police Association 24 United Brotherhood of Carpenters United Brotherhood of Carpenters 1
Illinois Policemen's Benevolent Association Illinois Policemen’s Benevolent Association 2 United Order of Foresters United Order of Foresters 1
Independent Order of Odd Fellows Independent Order of Odd Fellows 5 Veterans of the American Expeditionary Forces Veterans of the American Expeditionary Forces 1
Italian American Police Association Italian American Police Association 1 Veterans of Foreign Wars Veterans of Foreign Wars 6
Knights of Columbus Knights of Columbus 26      

DEATHS BY CEMETERY / INTERRMENT


Totals include Military Service and Canine & Equine Duty Deaths.

Type / Cause Total Type / Cause Total
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery – Elwood, Illinois 1 Mount Pleasant Cemetery – Lodi, Wisconsin 1
Acacia Park Cemetery – Norridge, Illinois 8 Mount Vernon Estates Cemetery – Lemont, Illinois 1
All Saints Catholic Cemetery – Des Plaines, Illinois 29 New Catholic Burial Ground – Chicago, Illinois 1
Arlington Cemetery – Elmhurst, Illinois 1 Oak Hill Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 1
Aurora Township Cemetery – Aurora, Illinois 1 Oak Ridge Cemetery – Springfield, Illinois 1
Avon Centre Cemetery – Grayslake, Illinois 1 Oak Woods Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 16
B’nai Jehoshua Cemetery – Chicago Illinois 1 Oakhill Cemetery – Alsip, Illinois 1
Bethania Cemetery – Justice, Illinois 2 Oakland Cemetery – Carbondale, Illinois 1
Beverly Cemetery – Blue Island, Illinois 1 Oakridge Cemetery – Hillside, Illinois 7
Bohemian National Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 5 Odd Fellows Cemetery – Campbellsville, Kentucky 1
Brittany American Cemetery – Saint-James, France 1 Old St. Mary’s Cemetery – Port Washington, Wisconsin 1
Burr Oak Cemetery – Alsip, Illinois 6 Queen of Heaven Cemetery – Hillside, Illinois 8
Calvary Cemetery – Evanston, Illinois 59 Restvale Cemetery – Alsip, Illinois 6
Calvary Cemetery – Niles, Michigan 1 Resurrection Catholic Cemetery – Justice, Illinois 17
Calvary Cemetery – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 1 Ridgewood Cemetery – Des Plaines, Illinois 4
Cedar Park Cemetery – Calumet Park, Illinois 5 Robinson Cemetery – Varnado Washington Parish, Louisiana 1
Eden Cemetery – Schiller Park, Illinois 2 Rosehill Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 15
Elm Lawn Cemetery – Elmhurst, Illinois 1 Sand Hill Cemetery – Princeton, Indiana 1
Elmhurst Cemetery – Joliet, Illinois 1 Spooner Cemetery – Spooner, Wisconsin 1
Elmwood Cemetery – Sycamore, Illinois 1 St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery – Niles, Illinois 21
Elmwood Park Cemetery – River Grove, Illinois 3 St. Boniface Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 6
Evergreen Cemetery – Evergreen Park, Illinois 9 St. Casimir Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 4
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery – Bloomington, Illinois 1 St. James at Sag Bridge Cemetery – Lemont, Illinois 3
Fitch Cemetery – Falls, Pennsylvania 1 St. James Catholic Church and Cemetery – Lemont, Illinois 1
Forest Home Cemetery – Forest Park, Illinois 12 St. James Cemetery – Toronto, Iowa 1
Good Shepherd Cemetery – Orland Park, Illinois 2 St. John’s Catholic Cemetery – Wilton, Wisconsin 1
Goshen Cemetery – Belzoni, Mississippi 1 St. Joseph Cemetery – River Grove, Illinois 21
Graceland Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 9 St. Joseph New Cemetery – Cincinatti, Ohio 1
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery – Calumet City, Illinois 4 St. Lucas Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 2
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery – Alsip, Illinois 60 St. Mary Catholic Cemetery – Evergreen Park, Illinois 39
Irving Park Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 8 St. Mary Cemetery – DeKalb, Illinois 1
Laurel Hill Cemetery – Erie, Pennsylvania 1 St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Cemetery – Palatine, Illinois 1
Lincoln Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 27 St. Patrick’s Cemetery – McHenry, Illinois 1
Manila American Cemetery – Taguig City, Manila, Philippines 1 St. Paul Cemetery – Oswego, New York 1
Maryhill Catholic Cemetery – Niles, Illinois 4 St. Peter Catholic Cemetery – Skokie, Illinois 1
Memorial Park Cemetery – Skokie, Illinois 3 Waldheim Cemetery – Forest Park, Illinois 4
Memory Gardens Cemetery – Arlington Heights, Illinois 3 Walnut Ridge Cemetery – Jeffersonville, Indiana 1
Montrose Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 5 Washington Memorial Cemetery – Homewood, Illinois 3
Mount Auburn Memorial Park Cemetery – Berwyn, Illinois 1 Westlawn Cemetery – Kansas City, Kansas 1
Mount Carmel Cemetery – Hillside, Illinois 63 Westlawn Cemetery – Norridge, Illinois 1
Mount Emblem Cemetery – Elmhurst, Illinois 1 Woodlawn Cemetery – Forest Park, Illinois 4
Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens Cemetery – Glenwood, Illinois 3 Unknown Cemetery 7
Mount Greenwood Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 7 Unknown Cemetery – Providence, Rhode Island 1
Mount Hope Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 4 Not Interred – Other 15
Mount Olive Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 10 Does Not Apply 3
Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery – Chicago, Illinois 58

DEATHS BY MEMORIAL


Totals include Military Service and Canine & Equine Duty Deaths.

Memorial Total Officers
Enshrined / Listed
Total Officers
Not Enshrined / Not Listed
Total Officers
Inclusion Request Denied
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case 513 147 1
Gold Star Families Memorial 600 61 0
Illinois Police Officers Memorial 521 140 0
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial 520 134 6
Officer Down Memorial Page 559 94 0