Death Classification: Performance of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 33 years, 6 months, 6 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 32 - North Robey
District of Incident (Present Day): 019 - Town Hall
Cause of Death: Animal Bite
Age at Time of Death: 60
Date of Birth: 06 Dec 1862
Date of Appointment: 23 Aug 1889
Date of Incident: 019 - Town Hall
End of Watch: 04 Mar 1923
Date of Interment: 07 Mar 1923
Cemetery: St. Peter Catholic Cemetery - Skokie, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Not Listed
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 Frank Gerber, Star #4066, aged 60 years, was a 33 year, 6 month, 6 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 32nd District – North Robey.
On approximately February 4, 1923, Officer Gerber responded to a disturbance regarding a rabid dog. He had been called to a home on Cuyler Avenue to kill the dog, but was bitten as he attempted to do so. He received medical attention for the bite but later developed hydrophobia, an extreme or irrational fear of water. This condition is a symptom of rabies in humans and it was then learned that he had contracted rabies from the dog bite. He underwent treatment for the rabies. On March 4, 1923, one month after the incident, Officer Gerber died from a side effect of the rabies treatment that he received. His official cause of death was listed as Paralysis.
Officer Gerber was waked at his residence located at 3831 North Hamlin Avenue, his funeral mass was also held at his residence. He was laid to rest on March 7, 1923 in Niles Center Cemetery which was later renamed St. Peter Catholic Cemetery, 8115 Niles Center Road, Skokie, Illinois.
Patrolman Frank Gerber, born December 6, 1862, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 23, 1889. On March 15, 1898, he was given a Civil Service promotion.
Officer Gerber was survived by his wife, Pauline Eva (nee Imhof); children: Adelhaid Paulina, age 35, Amanda, Anton Frank, age 35, Catherine, age 36, Josephine and Tillie; siblings: Anne and Joe and siblings: Anna Neisen and Joe Gerig.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
Robey Street was later renamed Damen Avenue. Robey Street was named for James Robey a real estate developer. Damen Avenue was named after Father Arnold Damen. In 1857 Father Damen founded Holy Family Parish and it was the fourth largest church in the country when it was built. He was also the founder of St. Ignatius College which became Loyola University.