Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 4 years, 6 months, 4 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 9, 22nd Precinct - Scotland Yards
District of Incident (Present Day): 012 - Near West
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 32
Date of Birth: 1857
Date of Appointment: 28 Apr 1890
Date of Incident: 012 - Near West
End of Watch: 01 Nov 1894
Date of Interment:
Cemetery: Forest Home Cemetery - Forest Park, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # A-3
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 11
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 1, Line 26
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 16-W: 5
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman George Krum, Star #1452, aged 37 years, was a 4 year, 6 month, 4 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 9, 22nd Precinct – Scotland Yards.
On November 1, 1894, at 1:30 a.m., Officer Krum responded to a disturbance at an apartment building located at No. 161 West 20th Street (present day 700 West 20th Street) during a Halloween party. While Officer Krum attempted to settle the dispute, Cornelius “Con” Burns stepped forward and fired three shots at the officer. Despite being shot, Officer Krum was able to return fire emptying his revolver before collapsing to the floor. Officer Krum sustained three gunshot wounds; one to his chest, the bullet penetrating his heart, one to the thigh and one to the right groin. He died shortly after collapsing. Patrolmen Baldwin and Hannegan, who were in the area, heard the gunfire and rushed to the scene. Upon arrival they discovered Officer Krum’s lifeless body lying at the bottom of the stairs that led to the second floor. A search of the residence found Mrs. Margaret Ward, her thirteen-year old daughter, Ella, James Quinn and Cornelius Burns hiding in a small room on the second floor. Burns was hit three times; once in arm, once in the abdomen and once in the thigh. He later died at Cook County Hospital.
Officer Krum was waked at his residence located at No. 401 Johnson Street (present day 2024 South Peoria Street). He was laid to rest in Forest Home Cemetery, 863 Desplaines Avenue, Forest Park, Illinois.
Patrolman George Krum, born in 1857, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 28, 1890.
Officer Krum was survived by his wife.
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #1149.
In February 1958, Officer Krum’s star was retired by Commissioner Timothy J. O’Connor and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 1121 South State Street. In 2000, Chicago Police Headquarters moved to a new facility at 3510 South Michigan Avenue, Officer Krum’s Star was re-encased in the new headquarters building lobby.