Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 6 years, 9 months, 0 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: 4th District - Stanton
District of Incident (Present Day): 002 - Wentworth
Cause of Death: Crash - Motorcycle (Pursuit)
Age at Time of Death: 37
Date of Birth: 02 Jan 1892
Date of Appointment: 07 Jun 1922
Date of Incident: 002 - Wentworth
End of Watch: 07 Mar 1929
Date of Interment: 11 Mar 1929
Cemetery: Mount Greenwood Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 23
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed
Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed
Military Service: U.S. Army
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Edward Robert DaMay, Star #4715, aged 37 years, was a 6 year, 9 month, 0 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 4th District – Stanton.
On March 5, 1929, Officer DaMay was patrolling on his police motorcycle when he spotted a speeding vehicle. The officer was passing a streetcar in pursuit of the vehicle at 3148 South Cottage Grove Avenue, when a wheel of his motorcycle slipped on the wet cobblestone street causing him to lose control. While traveling at 35 mph, Officer DaMay fell off the motorcycle and then slid the length of the streetcar track. His left leg was crushed under the weight of the motorcycle and he sustained severe damage to it. The damage to his left leg were so severe that if he had survived, he would be unable to ever ride a motorcycle again. Officer DaMay was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries 2 days later on March 7, 1929.
Officer DaMay was laid to rest on March 11, 1929 in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, 2900 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrolman Edward Robert DaMay, born January 2, 1892, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 7, 1922. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career.
Officer DaMay served in the U.S. Army from July 25, 1917 thru (discharge date unknown) in the Infantry, was a veteran of World War I and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He was survived by his wife, Anna Marie (nee Coleman) and daughter, age 4.
Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database case not found for this incident.