Death Classification: Performance of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 9 years, 7 months, 11 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Traffic Division (TD)

District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Fall - Thrown from Horse

Age at Time of Death: 37


Date of Birth: 06 Apr 1891

Date of Appointment: 23 May 1919

Date of Incident: 001 - Central

End of Watch: 03 Jan 1929

Date of Interment: 07 Jan 1929


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Acacia Park Cemetery - Norridge, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 3

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 Henry John Lange, Star #5627, aged 37 years, was a 9 year, 7 month, 11 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Traffic Division (TD).

On December 21, 1928, Officer Lange was patrolling on horseback at 333 South Franklin Street. Officer Lange, who was mounted, was directing traffic and observed an automobile violating a parking ordinance. He leaned over to question the driver, which caused him to lose his balance and fall off his mount. Officer Lange fell to the street and hit his head on the cobblestone pavement. He was transported to St. Luke Hospital where he was treated for a fractured skull and died two weeks later on January 3, 1929.

Officer Lange was waked at his residence located at 3353 West Evergreen Avenue, his funeral mass was also held at his residence. He was laid to rest on January 7, 1929 in Acacia Park Cemetery, 7800 West Irving Park Road, Norridge, Illinois.

Patrolman Henry John Lange, born April 6, 1891, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 23, 1919 and was issued Star #3199. On September 24, 1926, he was issued Patrolman Star #5627 after reporting his previous star missing.

Officer Lange was survived by his wife, Mae (nee Ryan), age 43; children; Betty Jane, age 10 months and George Henry, age 18; mother, Augusta Albertine (nee Zahlmann) and siblings: Anna Jennerick, August, Ernest, Frank, Freda Lembke, Herman and Minnie Meyer. He was preceded in death by his father, Johann Jochen David Carl Lange.

Chicago Police Department homicide file / death record not found for this incident.