Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 3 years, 2 months, 17 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Traffic Division (TD)

District of Incident (Present Day): 002 - Wentworth

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy

Age at Time of Death: 25


Date of Birth: 18 Feb 1902

Date of Appointment: 21 May 1924

Date of Incident: 002 - Wentworth

End of Watch: 07 Aug 1927

Date of Interment: 10 Aug 1927


Interment Details

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


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-11

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 19

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 20

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 3-W: 16

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Thomas J. Healy, Star #5416, aged 25 years, was a 3 year, 2 month, 17 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Traffic Division (TD).

On August, 3, 1927, at 11:00 p.m., Officer Healy was off duty and in plain clothes when Porter Simpson approached him on the street. Simpson asked him if he would like to call on some women in a nearby flat. Officer Healy decided to raid the disorderly house and relocated with Simpson to a third floor apartment located at 71 East 46th Street. The men made it to the third floor porch when Simpson produced a revolver, announced a robbery and demanded Officer Healy hand over his money. Officer Healy, expecting some such move, had his revolver at the ready and both men opened fire almost simultaneously. Both men were struck by gunfire and fell to the porch floor continuing to shoot at each other until Simpson was killed. Officer Healy was mortally wounded and was shot in his abdomen in which a bullet penetrated his liver. He was transported to Chicago Hospital where he died five days later on August 7, 1927. Simpson was killed on the scene.

Officer Healy was waked at his residence located at 6810 South Princeton Avenue. His funeral mass was held at St. Cecilia Catholic Church located at 4515 South Wells Street. He was laid to rest on August 10, 1927 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 1, Lot 933, Block –, Section 50.

Patrolman Thomas J. Healy, born February 18, 1902, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 21, 1924.

Officer Healy was a member of the Chicago Policemen’s Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his parents: Joseph M. and Katherine (nee Durkin), siblings: Bernard P., Ernest, Frank and Joseph. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles.

Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #8249.