Death Classification: Performance of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 2 years, 11 months. 4 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 3, 6th Precinct - Thirty-Fifth Street
District of Incident (Present Day): 009 - Deering
Cause of Death: Illness - Blood Poisoning
Age at Time of Death: 38
Date of Birth: 1853
Date of Appointment: 23 Apr 1888
Date of Incident: 009 - Deering
End of Watch: 27 Mar 1891
Date of Interment:
Cemetery: St. James at Sag Bridge Cemetery - Lemont, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-9
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 19
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Frank E. Williams, Star # Unknown, aged 38 years, was a 2 year, 11 month, 4 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the District 3, 6th Precinct – Thirty-Fifth Street.
On approximately March 20, 1891, Officer Williams pursued a thief down a dark alley. During the incident he sustained an injury to his knee which resulted in blood poisening. One week later, on March 27, 1891, at 2:00 a.m., he died at his home located at No. 3126 Lowe Avenue (present day 3126 South Lowe Avenue). His cause of death was ruled fatal blood poisoning resulting from the knee injury.
Officer Williams was waked at his residence located at No. 3126 Lowe Avenue (present day 3126 South Lowe Avenue), his funeral mass was also held at his residence. He was laid to rest in St. James at Sag Bridge Cemetery, 10600 South Archer Avenue, Lemont, Illinois.
Officer Frank E. Williams, born in 1853, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 23, 1888.
Officer Williams was survived by his wife, Maggie (nee Cavanaugh) and four children.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
On June 25, 2013, Officer Williams’ star was retired by Superintendent Garry McCarthy and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.