Death Classification: Performance of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 15 years, 10 months, 19 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 6th District - Gresham

District of Incident (Present Day): 006 - Gresham

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Illness - Cardiac Arrest

Age at Time of Death: 43


Date of Birth: 11 Jan 1932

Date of Appointment: 16 Dec 1959

Date of Incident: 006 - Gresham

End of Watch: 01 Nov 1975

Date of Interment: 06 Nov 1975


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Oak Woods Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 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 Milton Barnes, Star #6423, aged 43 years, was a 15 year, 10 month, 19 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 6th District – Gresham.

On November 1, 1975, at 10:35 p.m., Officer Barnes was working beat 617 with his partners Patrolmen Pleas G. Ranson and C. W. Stewart. The officers responded to a domestic disturbance at 8218 South Drexel Avenue. Upon arrival it was learned that three occupants of this address were having a dispute as to who was the rightful tenant of the premises. The officers were able to settle the basic issues of the dispute. Just after name calling began and a scuffle ensued between the three parties. The officers were able to separate the parties using a bit of restraint during the encounter. Peace was restored and the officers left. Moments after the officers pulled away in their squad car, Officer Barnes began complaining of severe chest pains. The officers rushed him to Michael Reese Hospital where he passed away from a heart attack.

Officer Barnes was waked at the A. R. Leak Funeral Home located at 7838 South Cottage Grove Avenue. He was laid to rest on November 6, 1975 in Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street, Chicago, Illinois

Patrolman Milton (NMN) Barnes, born January 11, 1932, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on December 16, 1959 and was issued Star #6423. He was promoted to Investigator on February 3, 1968 and maintained issue of Patrolman Star #6423. On September 16, 1975, he was restored to his Civil Service rank of Patrolman. Officer Barnes earned 1 Department Commendation and 13 Honorable Mentions during his career.

Officer Barnes was survived by his wife, Shirley (nee Williams) and children: Lydia V., age 14 and Milton V., age 8. He was preceded in death by his parents: Helen (nee McWhinnie) and John Jacob.