Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 25 years, 1 month, 17 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 28th District - Austin

District of Incident (Present Day): 025 - Grand Central

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Struck - By Automobile

Age at Time of Death: 54


Date of Birth: 23 Oct 1893

Date of Appointment: 30 Oct 1922

Date of Incident: 025 - Grand Central

End of Watch: 09 Nov 1947

Date of Interment: 13 Nov 1947


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Acacia Park Cemetery - Norridge, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 25

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed



 Military Service: Unknown


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Charles A Hibsch, Star #4348, aged 54 years, was a 25 year, 1 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 28th District – Austin and detailed to Auto Patrol No. 46.

On November 9, 1947, at 2:50 a.m., Officer Hibsch was on duty directing traffic at the scene of an auto fire at Grand and Kildare Avenues. While directing traffic he was struck by an auto driven by Clarence Jason, age 26, of 4350 West Wilcox Street. Officer Hibsch was transported to St. Anne’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead on November 9, 1947.

Clarence Jason was arrested and held to a Coroner’s Inquest. It was learned that Jason had visited several taverns prior to the crash. On November 10, 1947, a verdict of accident was returned during a Coroner’s Inquest.

Officer Hibsch was waked at a chapel located at 2500 North Cicero Avenue, his funeral was also held at the chapel. He was laid to rest on November 13, 1947 in Acacia Park Cemetery, 7800 West Irving Park Road, Norridge, Illinois.

Patrolman Charles A Hibsch, born October 23, 1893, received a Temporary Appointment, #682, to the Chicago Police Department on August 8, 1919 and was issued Star #859. He received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 30, 1922 and was issued Star #3649. He was cited for serving in the 1919 Race Riots from August 8, 1919 thru September 13, 1919.

Officer Hibsch was survived by his wife, Elizabeth M. McGraw (nee Lawrence), age 49; children: Amalia V., age 29 and Henrietta F., age 28; siblings: Dorothy Tonning, Joseph, and William and ex-wife, Amalia (nee Weissmuller), age 47. He was preceded in death by his parents: Albert E. and Elizabeth (nee Brinkman) and sister, Rosa.

On September 7, 2023, Officer Hibsch’s star was retired by Interim Superintendent Fred L. Waller and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.