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

Location of Occurrence: 

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


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Mount Greenwood Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

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.