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