Death Classification: Performance of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 20 years, 8 months, 5 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 2nd District - Wentworth

District of Incident (Present Day): 002 - Wentworth

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Illness - Cardiac Arrest

Age at Time of Death: 49


Date of Birth: 16 Aug 1923

Date of Appointment: 17 Apr 1952

Date of Incident: 002 - Wentworth

End of Watch: 22 Dec 1972

Date of Interment: 27 Dec 1972


Interment Details

 Cemetery: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave 8, Lot 25, Block 102, Section W
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 2

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

Patrolman Edgar Abbo DeCuir, Jr., Star #4461, aged 49 years, was a 20 year, 8 month, 5 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 2nd District – Wentworth.

On December 22, 1972, Patrolman DeCuir was working in the 2nd District lockup. While processing a prisoner, he was assaulted and a struggle ensued. The prisoner was subdued, but Officer DeCuir became ill and suffered a heart attack, dying before any medical attention could be summoned.

Officer DeCuir was waked Griffin Funeral Home located at 3232 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. He was laid to rest on December 27, 1972 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 8, Lot 25, Block 102, Section W.

Patrolman Edgar Abbo DeCuir, Jr. born August 16, 1923, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 17, 1952. On August 15, 1952, Officer DeCuir reported his star, Star #4454, as lost and was issued a new replacement star, Star #4461. Upon his death, his replacement star was not retired and was reissued to Patrolman John A. Cruz on February 19, 1973.

Officer DeCuir was survived by his wife, Mattie (nee Marshall). He was preceded in death by his parents: Edgar Abbo, Sr. and Mary (nee Jackson) and siblings: Earnie, Herbert and Winfield.