Death Classification: Canine / Equine Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 1 year, 11 months

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Bureau of Patrol - Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 - Mounted Unit

District of Incident (Present Day): 003 - Grand Crossing

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Illness - Other

Age at Time of Death: 12


Date of Birth:

Date of Appointment: 16 Jun 1987

Date of Incident: May 1989

End of Watch: May 1989

Date of Interment:


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Not Interred - Other
 Grave Location: Does Not Apply
 Interment Disposition: Cremated


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case:

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall:

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall:

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall:

Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed



 Military Service: Did Not Serve


Incident & Biographic Details

Police Equine Star, aged 12 years, was a 1 year, 11 month veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Patrol – Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 – Mounted Unit.

In May 1989, Police Horse Star and his partner were on duty in Jackson Park. Suddenly and without warning Speed collapsed. Speed was transported back to the police barn at the South Shore Country Club located at 7059 South Shore Drive. After two days under veterinary care, Star passed away. The diagnosis of his death was Azoturia, a condition of horses that causes stiffness and pain in the muscles of the hindquarters and back, and the production of dark-colored urine containing myoglobin.

Police Equine Star, born in 1977, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 16, 1987.

Police Horse Star was survived by his handler.