Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 2 years, 5 months, 8 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Motorcycle Squadron (MS)
District of Incident (Present Day): 011 - Harrison
Cause of Death: Crash - Motorcycle
Age at Time of Death: 33
Date of Birth: 29 Apr 1884
Date of Appointment: 20 Feb 1915
Date of Incident: 011 - Harrison
End of Watch: 28 Jul 1917
Date of Interment: 31 Jul 1917
Cemetery: St. Patrick's Cemetery - McHenry, 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: Not Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman John W. Gibbs, Star #1399, aged 33 years, was a 2 year, 5 month, 8 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Motorcycle Squadron.
On July 28, 1917, Officer Gibbs was on patrol when his police motorcycle collided with an automobile at the intersection of Chicago and Kedzie Avenues. Frank Lennen of 706 North Troy Street drove the auto. Upon impact, Officer Gibbs was thrown from the motorcycle and traveled approximately forty feet before falling and striking his head on a curb. He sustained a skull fracture upon landing which led to his death the same day.
Officer Gibbs was waked at P. H. Collins Funeral Home and was laid to rest on July 31, 1917 in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, 1600-1614 North Court Street, McHenry, Illinois.
Patrolman John W. Gibbs, born April 29, 1884, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 20, 1915.
Officer Gibbs was survived by his parents: Bridget (nee Knox) and John and siblings: Charles W., James and Mary McCabe.
Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database case not found for this incident.