Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 15 years, 10 months, 3 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 6 - Grand Crossing
District of Incident (Present Day): 004 - South Chicago
Cause of Death: Struck - By Vehicle
Age at Time of Death: 47
Date of Birth: 13 Aug 1879
Date of Appointment: 01 Apr 1911
Date of Incident: 004 - South Chicago
End of Watch: 04 Feb 1927
Date of Interment:
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 11
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 19
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 32-E: 11
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman David Joseph Cairns, Star #911, aged 47 years, was a 15 year, 10 month, 3 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 6 – Grand Crossing.
On February 4, 1927, Patrolman Cairns was regulating traffic on the Northwest corner of 79th Street and Stony Island Avenue. An automobile struck Officer Cairns whose driver, Charles Smith, then fled the scene. Smith was apprehended two blocks from the scene by another motorist who pursued and caught him.
Charles Smith was indicted and held by the Coroner. On February 4, 1927 the Grand Jury returned a No Bill.
Officer Cairns was waked at laid to rest on February 7, 1927 in Evergreen Cemetery, 3401 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.
Patrolman David Joseph Cairns, born August 13, 1879, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 5, 1919.
Officer Cairns was survived by his wife, Lillian Justo (nee Lay) and son, David Arthur, age 12.
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #7817.