Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 2 years, 3 months, 27 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: 40th District - Summerdale
District of Incident (Present Day): 020 - Lincoln
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 36
Date of Birth: 15 Nov 1896
Date of Appointment: 03 Jan 1931
Date of Incident: 020 - Lincoln
End of Watch: 30 Apr 1933
Date of Interment: 04 May 1933
Cemetery: St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery - Niles, Illinois
Grave Location: Lot 7, Block F, Section St. Procopius
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # C-4
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 24
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 34
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 44-E: 1
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Stanley Joseph Lutke, Star #6510, aged 36 years, was a 2 year, 3 month, 27 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 40th District – Summerdale.
On April 30, 1933, in the early morning hours, Officer Lutke, while on foot patrol, suspected there was suspicious activity taking place at the Argyle Smoke Shop located at 5018 North Broadway Avenue. It was a rather wet night with a driving rain falling. He crossed the street to investigate and peered through the front window. He discovered that his instincts were correct. The owner of the store, Edward Searmore, was being robbed. Officer Lutke came upon the scene just as the robbers were finishing up. Lutke made the decision to wait outside the store in an effort to surprise the robber as he exited. Due to the rain Officer Lutke’s vision was obscured and he only saw the one robber, which would prove to be fatal. The robber, before exiting, spotted the officer and bolted out of the front entrance. Officer Lutke fired five shots at the robber, causing him to stumble, as he fled on foot down Broadway Avenue. Lutke pursued the offender on foot as he reloaded his revolver while the second offender emerged from the store behind him. Creeping up behind Officer Lutke, the offender came within five feet before Lutke sensed his presence. As Lutke turned to confront him, the offender fired a single shot. Officer Lutke was struck in the forehead and collapsed to the ground. The offenders fled the scene making good their escape. They were never apprehended. Officer Lutke was rushed to Edgewater Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds at 3:05 a.m. the same day.
Officer Lutke was waked at his residence located at 2327 North Hamlin Avenue. His funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Grace Church located at 2455 North Hamlin Avenue. He was laid to rest on May 4, 1933 in St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, 6800 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois. His grave is located in Lot 7, Block F, Section St. Procopius.
Patrolman Stanley Joseph Lutke, born November 15, 1896, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 3, 1931.
Officer Lutke was survived by his wife, Estelle (nee Pilarczyk), age 34 and children: Bernice, age 13, Dolores Grace, age 7, James Arthur, age 3 and Lorraine Lillian, age 11. He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Gene, age 8.