Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 39 years, 8 months, 17 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: 18th District - Stock Yards
District of Incident (Present Day): 009 - Deering
Cause of Death: Struck - By Vehicle
Age at Time of Death: 70
Date of Birth: 15 Mar 1861
Date of Appointment: 04 Apr 1892
Date of Incident: 009 - Deering
End of Watch: 21 Dec 1931
Date of Interment: 24 Dec 1931
Cemetery: Mount Olivet Catholic 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: Panel # 2, Line 31
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 64-W: 3
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Thomas Burke, Star #2100, aged 70 years, was a 39 year, 8 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 18th District – Stock Yards.
On December 21, 1931, at 5:05 p.m., Officer Burke was on duty and had just “pulled“ a patrol box at 47th and Morgan Streets. As he stepped off the curb to cross the street he was struck by a motor truck that was traveling Westbound on 47th Street. The accident occurred at dusk and in fog. Officer Burke succumbed to his injuries and died three hours later from a fractured skull.
Officer Burke was laid to rest on December 24, 1931 in Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Thomas Burke, born March 15, 1861, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 4, 1892. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career.
Officer Burke was survived by his wife, Sarah C. A.