Death Classification: Performance of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 20 years, 0 months, 13 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 7th District - Englewood

District of Incident (Present Day): 007 - Englewood

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Illness - Cardiac Arrest

Age at Time of Death: 46


Date of Birth: 21 Jun 1936

Date of Appointment: 06 Aug 1962

Date of Incident: 007 - Englewood

End of Watch: 19 Aug 1982

Date of Interment: 23 Aug 1982


Interment Details

 Cemetery: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave NW, Lot 1162, Block --, Section AM
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 17

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 3, Line 37

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 48-E: 10

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: Did Not Serve


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman John F. Lynch, Star #11189, aged 46 years, was a 20 year, 0 month, 13 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 7th District – Englewood.

On August 16, 1982, at 7:00 a.m., Officer Lynch and his partner, Patrolman Raymond T. Zene, were working the second watch on beat 773. The officers, assigned to the squadrol, were assigned to transport a deceased body. The officers responded to 1140 West Marquette Road to transport Ms. Willie Davis, age 82, whom had passed away. Upon arrival, they loaded Ms. Davis onto a portable stretcher and carried the body to the squadrol. While removing the body Officer Lynch began to experience severe chest pains. After loading the body, they transported Ms. Davis to St. Bernard Hospital where she was pronounced dead by Dr. Arnold at 8:30 a.m. on August 16, 1982. While in the hospital’s emergency room, Officer Lynch became pale and began to perspire profusely. Officer Zene immediately called for assistance and he was diagnosed as suffering a massive heart attack. Officer Lynch’s heart and lungs had stopped functioning and through the extraordinary efforts of Nurse Ora Wright Officer Lynch’s life was prolonged. Officer Lynch was admitted and confined to the intensive care unit where he died three days later. He was pronounced dead at 10:40 a.m. on August 19, 1982.

Officer Lynch was waked at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home located at 4727 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, Illinois. His funeral mass was held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church located at 6435 South Kilbourn Avenue. He was laid to rest on August 23, 1982 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3801 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave NW, Lot 1162, Block –, Section AM.

Patrolman John F. Lynch, born June 21, 1936, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on August 6, 1962.

Officer John Lynch was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, JoAnn M. (nee McLaughlin), age 45; children: James Joseph, age 14, Joan Gunn and Michael; mother, Johanna (nee Greaney) and siblings: Edward and Peggie Tunney (CFD). He was preceded in death by his father, Luke.

Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #D291720 and D291795.