Death Classification: Performance of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 5 years, 5 months, 21 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 14th District - Shakespeare

District of Incident (Present Day): 014 - Shakespeare

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Illness - Cardiac Arrest

Age at Time of Death: 38


Date of Birth: 15 Nov 1924

Date of Appointment: 01 Jul 1957

Date of Incident: 014 - Shakespeare

End of Watch: 22 Dec 1962

Date of Interment: 24 Dec 1962


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave 6, Lot 52, Block 2, Section 37
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 13

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 Paul A. Batson, Star #10018, aged 38 years, was a 5 year, 5 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 14th District – Shakespeare.

On December 22, 1962, Officer Batson was on patrol with his partner heading Eastbound on west Armitage Avenue. They witnessed a white Chevrolet convertible traveling on the wrong side of Armitage at a high rate of speed, which forced the officers’ vehicle into the curb. The officers gave chase, but the driver of the suspect vehicle increased his speed and refused to pull over. As the chase ended, the driver leapt from his vehicle, raised his hands, but refused to turn around as commanded by Officer Batson and his partner. Officer Batson used necessary force to subdue the driver and placed him under arrest. During the arrest, Batson suffered a heart attack and expired.

Officer Batson was waked at Rago Brothers Funeral Home located at 5120 West Fullerton Avenue. His funeral mass was held at Santa Maria Addolorata Catholic Church located at 528 North Ada Street. He was laid to rest on December 24, 1962 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 6, Lot 52, Block 2, Section 37.

Patrolman Paul A. Batson, born November 15, 1924, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 1, 1957.

Officer Batson was survived by his wife, Elaine (nee Ryan); children: Patricia, Philip and Phyllis Ann; mother, Carrie (nee Berger) and sister, Grace Saletta. He was preceded in death by his father, Philip.