Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 10 years, 6 months, 14 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 22nd District - Maxwell

District of Incident (Present Day): 012 - Near West

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Crash - Automobile

Age at Time of Death: 39


Date of Birth: 18 Aug 1900

Date of Appointment: 11 Feb 1929

Date of Incident: 012 - Near West

End of Watch: 25 Aug 1939

Date of Interment: 29 Aug 1939


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 11

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Emmett Denis Laughlin, Star #406, aged 39 years, was a 10 year, 6 month, 14 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 22nd District – Maxwell.

On August 19, 1939, Officer Laughlin, along with two other officers, were responding to a call when their vehicle collided with another car at the intersection of 14th Place and Union Avenue. Patrolman Laughlin suffered a fractured skull in the accident and succumbed to his injuries at Mother Cabrini Hospital six days later on August 25, 1939.

The driver of the vehicle, Charles Moore, who caused the crash was charged with reckless driving, failure to yield to a police car, and driving without lights.

Officer Laughlin was waked at his residence located at 5516 West Monroe Street. His funeral mass was held at Resurrection Church located at 7201 South Carpenter Street. He was laid to rest on August 29, 1939 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road #4, Hillside, Illinois.

Patrolman Emmett Denis Laughlin, born August 18, 1900, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 11, 1929.

Officer Laughlin was survived by his wife, Esther Elizabeth (nee Ireland), age 35; children: Dennis John, age 13 and John, age 4; mother Katherine (nee Grady) and siblings: Frank and Julia Moran. On March 9, 1960, Detective Laughlin’s son, Patrolman Dennis John Laughlin, was also killed in the performance of duty while serving with the Chicago Police Department.