Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 9 years, 11 months, 22 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 18, 29th Precinct - Warren

District of Incident (Present Day): District of Incident Unknown

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Crash - Motorcycle

Age at Time of Death: 33


Date of Birth: 15 Aug 1883

Date of Appointment: 01 Dec 1906

Date of Incident: District of Incident Unknown

End of Watch: 23 Nov 1916

Date of Interment: 26 Nov 1916


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave 3, Lot N25, Block 9, Section T
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-4

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 8

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 30-W: 28

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman John Francis Kenny, Star #3204, aged 33 years, was a 9 year, 11 month, 22 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 18, 29th Precinct – Warren.

On November 11, 1916, Officer Kenny was struck by a Borden Dairy delivery truck at Monroe Street and Campbell Avenue while on his motorcycle. The truck was driven by E. Weaver of 2708 West Cortez Street. Officer Kenny sustained severe injuries and was transported to Washington Park Hospital located at 60th Street and Vernon Avenue. The impact crushed his right leg so severely that it had to be amputated. He remained in the hospital and died twelve days later on November 23, 1916 from infection. Officer Kenny most likely suffered from an infection in his right leg which ultimately caused his death.

Officer Kenny was waked at his residence located at 4034 West Colorado Avenue (present day Fifth Avenue). His funeral mass was held at Presentation Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church located at 734 South Springfield Avenue. He was laid to rest on November 26, 1916 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 3, Lot N25, Block 9, Section T.

Patrolman John Francis Kenny, born August 15, 1883, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on December 1, 1906.

Officer Kenny was a member of the Chicago Policemen’s Benevolent & Welfare Association and the Clan na Gael Guards. He was survived by his wife, Hannah (nee Ford); children: Daniel, James, John, Mary and William; parents: Ann (nee Donahue) and John and siblings: Catherine, Hannah Bride, Lizzie, Mary, Michael, Patrick and William. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edward and James.

Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database case not found for this incident.

On January 11, 2006, Officer Kenny’s star was retired by Superintendent Philip J. Cline and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.