Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 17 years, 1 month, 18 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 26 - Cragin
District of Incident (Present Day): 010 - Ogden
Cause of Death: Struck - By Vehicle
Age at Time of Death: 43
Date of Birth: 21 Feb 1881
Date of Appointment: 23 Dec 1907
Date of Incident: 010 - Ogden
End of Watch: 10 Feb 1925
Date of Interment: 13 Feb 1925
Cemetery: Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Not Listed
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed
Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Lieutenant George Michael Garry, Star # DNA, aged 43 years, was a 17 year, 1 month, 18 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 26 – Cragin.
On December 23, 1924, at 10:50 p.m., Lieutenant Garry was struck down while on patrol by an unidentified Ford auto. The accident occurred on Crawford Avenue (present day Pulaski Road) 35 feet south of Roosevelt Road. The auto did not stop and the driver was never identified. Lieutenant Garry died from the injuries he sustained 49 days later on February 10, 1925.
On February 18, 1925, the Coroner recommended the arrest of the driver.
Lieutenant Garry was waked at his sister’s residence located at 5042 West Adams Street. His funeral mass was held in Requiem at Resurrection Catholic Church located at 5082 West Jackson Boulevard. He was laid to rest on February 13, 1925 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois.
Lieutenant George Michael Garry, born February 21, 1881, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on December 23, 1907 and was issued Star # Unknown. On November 8, 1913, he was promoted to the rank of 2nd Class Detective Sergeant, becoming effective on November 10, 1913 and his title being officially changed by order of the city council on January 11, 1915. On April 1, 1914, he was issued Detective Sergeant Star # Unknown. On June 8, 1921, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and issued Star #878 on September 22, 1921. On August 2, 1924, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and issued an unnumbered Lieutenant star. Prior to February 28, 1935, Captains’ and Lieutenants’ were not issued star numbers. He earned 3 Credible Mentions during his career.
Lieutenant Garry was survived by his sons: John Stephan, age 12 and William George, age 13 and siblings: Alice, Bernard, Daniel, Frank, Martin, Mrs. J. H. Moorhead, Mrs. J. J. Whalen, Mrs. William J. Smith, Neil, Rose E. and Tom
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #8040.