Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 39 years, 8 months, 17 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 18th District - Stock Yards

District of Incident (Present Day): 009 - Deering

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Struck - By Vehicle

Age at Time of Death: 70


Date of Birth: 15 Mar 1861

Date of Appointment: 04 Apr 1892

Date of Incident: 009 - Deering

End of Watch: 21 Dec 1931

Date of Interment: 24 Dec 1931


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: Not Listed

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 31

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 64-W: 3

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Thomas Burke, Star #2100, aged 70 years, was a 39 year, 8 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 18th District – Stock Yards.

On December 21, 1931, at 5:05 p.m., Officer Burke was on duty and had just “pulled“ a patrol box at 47th and Morgan Streets. As he stepped off the curb to cross the street he was struck by a motor truck that was traveling Westbound on 47th Street. The accident occurred at dusk and in fog. Officer Burke succumbed to his injuries and died three hours later from a fractured skull.

Officer Burke was laid to rest on December 24, 1931 in Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave N. Line, Lot 236, Block –, Section 19.

Patrolman Thomas Burke, born March 15, 1861, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 4, 1892. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career.

Officer Burke was survived by his wife, Sarah C. A.