Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 22 years, 1 months, 16 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 8, 19th Precinct - Stock Yards

District of Incident (Present Day): 009 - Deering

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Struck - By Train

Age at Time of Death: 64


Date of Birth: 1841

Date of Appointment: 01 May 1883

Date of Incident: 009 - Deering

End of Watch: 17 Jun 1905

Date of Interment: 20 Jun 1905


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 21

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 Patrick Rierdon, Star # Unknown, aged 64 years, was a 22 year, 1 month, 16 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 8, 19th Precinct – Stock Yards

On June 17, 1905, Officer Rierdon was on patrol as a watchman when a train struck him at 41st Street and Stewart Avenue. Officer Rierdon was directing a group of workman at the crossing when he jumped onto the northbound tracks to avoid a Southbound train. Unfortunately Pennsylvania Freight Engine train was headed northbound and he was struck. He was rushed to Mercy Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries one hour later.

Patrolman Patrick Rierdon, born in 1841, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 1, 1883.

Officer Rierdon was waked at his residence located at 5141 South Princeton Avenue. His funeral mass was held at St. Ann’s Church located at 1840 South Leavitt Street. He was laid to rest on June 20, 1905 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave –, Lot S 37, Block –, Section 17.

Officer Rierdon was survived by his children: Cecilia, Daniel, Dennis, Elizabeth, James, Margaret and Mary. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine.

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