Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 35 years, 3 months, 1 day

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 36th District - Hudson

District of Incident (Present Day): 014 - Shakespeare

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Accident - Foot Pursuit

Age at Time of Death: 38


Date of Birth: 12 Apr 1899

Date of Appointment: 08 Jun 1922

Date of Incident: 014 - Shakespeare

End of Watch: 09 Sep 1937

Date of Interment: 11 Sep 1937


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave 2, Lot N24, Block 8, Section L
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-9

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 4

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 Edward Richard Healy, Star #6222, aged 38 years, was a 35 year, 3 month, 1 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 36th District – Hudson.

On August 12, 1937, Officer Healy was chasing a burglary offender in an alley when he fell on a waist high pole. Officer Healy died at Swedish Covenant Hospital 28 days later on September 9, 1937, after suffering fatal complications during an appendectomy surgery. He was undergoing surgery to correct a problem he was having as a result of the injuries he sustained on August 12, 1937.

Officer Healy was waked at a residence located at 4525 North Sacramento Avenue. His funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Mercy Church located at 4432 North Troy Street. He was laid to rest on September 11, 1937 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 2, Lot N24 Block 8, Section L.

Patrolman Edward Richard Healy, born April 12, 1899, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 8, 1922 and was issued Star #549. On July 12, 1929, he was issued Patrolman Star #6222. He earned 3 Credible Mentions and 2 Extra Compensations for Meritorious Conduct totaling $420.00 during his career.

Officer Healy was a member of the Chicago Policemen’s Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Esther Cecilia (nee Atwater), age 37; children: Barbara Agnes, age 1, Bernadine, age 5, Geraldine Marie, age 8, Joyce Mary, age 1 month and Richard Edward, age 6; mother, Mary (nee Sullivan) and siblings: Agnes, Bernadine, Francis, Gertrude Kelly and Joseph.

On June 25, 2013, Officer Healy’s star was retired by Superintendent Garry McCarthy and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.