Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Lincoln Park Police Department
Served: Length of Service Unknown
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Unit of Assignment Unknown
District of Incident (Present Day): 018 - Near North
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Friendly (Accidental)
Age at Time of Death: 27
Date of Birth: 23 Oct 1902
Date of Appointment:
Date of Incident: 018 - Near North
End of Watch: 10 Mar 1930
Date of Interment: 13 Mar 1930
Cemetery: Irving Park Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
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
Park Policeman Robert F. Haferkamp, Star # Unknown, aged 27 years, was a veteran of the Lincoln Park Police Department, unit of assignment unknown.
On March 10, 1930, at 3:30 a.m., Officer Haferkamp was on duty and at 2025 North Racine Avenue on the 3rd floor and was shot by Lincoln Park Policeman Leo Horn. It is unknown the exact course of events which led to the tragedy.
On March 10, 1930, Horn was arrested and booked for murder. On March 20, 1930, Horn was exonerated by the Coroner, who pronounced the incident an accident. On March 21, 1930, Horn’s case was discharged by Judge Sbarboro.
Officer Haferkamp was waked at a chapel located at 2701 North Clark Street, his funeral mass was also held at the chapel. He was laid to rest on March 13, 1930 in Irving Park Cemetery, 7777 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, Illinois.
Park Policeman Robert F. Haferkamp was born on October 23, 1902.
Officer Haferkamp was a Master Mason and a member of Kelvyn Lodge No. 1075 AF&AM. He was survived by his wife, Emily (nee Mans), age 24; children: Dolores, Francis Roberta, age 7 months, Mary Grace, age 3 and Marlon; mother, Anna and siblings: Clara Katz, George, Lillie, and Walter.
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #10169.
The Lincoln Park Police Department, in the City of Chicago, was disbanded on April 30, 1934. On May 1, 1934, the remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Park District Police Department, which was organized on the same date. Three park District police departments, Lincoln, West, and South were consolidated into the Chicago Park District Police Department. Fallen Officer of the Lincoln Park Police Department are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers. Their stars are displayed in the Honored Star Case located in the lobby of the Chicago Police Department at 3510 South Michigan Avenue.