Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 17 years, 3 months, 29 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 15, 25th Precinct - Lawndale

District of Incident (Present Day): 010 - Ogden

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Asphyxiated

Age at Time of Death: 40


Date of Birth: 1864

Date of Appointment: 18 Oct 1886

Date of Incident: 010 - Ogden

End of Watch: 26 Feb 1904

Date of Interment: 25 May 1904


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave 7, Lot 6, Block 10, Section D
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

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 Lucasey, Star # Unknown, aged 40 years, was a 17 year, 3 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 15, 25th Precinct – Lawndale.

On February 26, 1904, Officer Lucasey was found dead in the Union Traction Company’s Lawndale Car Barn located at 12th Place and 40th Avenue (present day Pulaski Road). The cause of Officer Lucasey’s death was ruled asphyxiation

On February 27, 1904, Sergeant Maher, Inspector John T. Long and another man were investigating Lucasey’s death when the car barn exploded. Sergeant Maher and Inspector Long were fatally injured in the explosion. Inspector Long died on February 29, 1904 and Sergeant Maher on March 12, 1904. It is unknown if the third man was injured.

The Coroner’s Jury in the Lucasey, Long and Maher cases found that the Union Traction Company had failed to comply with building ordinances.

Officer Lucasey was laid to rest on May 25, 1904 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 7, Lot 6, Block 10, Section D.

Patrolman John Lucasey, born in 1864, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 18, 1886.

Officer Lucasey was survived by his wife.

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