Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 3 years, 4 months, 7 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 13, 17th Precinct - Maxwell

District of Incident (Present Day): 012 - Near West

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Struck - By Vehicle

Age at Time of Death: 30


Date of Birth: 29 Nov 1887

Date of Appointment: 05 Feb 1915

Date of Incident: 012 - Near West

End of Watch: 12 Jun 1918

Date of Interment: 14 Jun 1918


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Waldheim Cemetery - Forest Park, Illinois
 Grave Location: Progressive Order of the West Section
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-4

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 23

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 1, Line 53

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 50-E: 15

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Peter H. Ostiller, Star #3376, aged 30 years, was a 3 year, 4 month, 7 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 13, 17th Precinct – Maxwell.

On June 12, 1918, Officer Ostiller was on foot patrol when a vehicle on 12th (Roosevelt Road) and Halsted Streets hit him. The driver, Henry Stephan of the Commonwealth Edison Company, swerved to avoid colliding with a streetcar and made a sharp turn. After making the sharp turn he struck Officer Ostiller. Officer Ostiller was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the same day.

Officer Ostiller was waked at his residence located at 3955 West 12th Street. He was laid to rest on June 14, 1918 in Waldheim Cemetery, 1400 Des Plaines Avenue, Forest Park, Illinois. His grave is located in the Progressive Order of the West Section.

Patrolman Peter H. Ostiller, born November 29, 1887, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 5, 1915. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career.

Officer Ostiller was survived by his mother, Clara (nee Lamas) and brother, S. J.

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