Death Classification: Canine / Equine Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 15 years

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Mounted Police Division

District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Crash - Automobile

Age at Time of Death: Unknwn


Date of Birth:

Date of Appointment:

Date of Incident: 09 Nov 1936

End of Watch: 09 Nov 1936

Date of Interment:


Interment Details

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


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed



 Military Service: Did Not Serve


Incident & Biographic Details

Police Equine Teddy, was a 15 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Mounted Police Division.

On November 9, 1936, at 5:55 p.m., Police Horse Teddy and his partner, Patrolman Andrew Gregerson, were on patrol in the west loop. On Van Buren Street near Clark Street Officer Gregerson dismounted Teddy to inspect a car. The two officers were scheduled to assemble with other mounted patrol officers at Madison and Wells Streets at 6:10 p.m. for their return to the police stables located at 252 East Illinois Street. After Officer Gregerson dismounted Teddy, he suddenly ran west to Wells Street and then turned north. Pedestrians scrambled to move out of Teddy’s way as he ran by. In the commotion Teddy ran past the assembly point. At Randolph and Wells Streets, Teddy ran into a new car driven by John A. Sternberg and sustained severe injuries to himself. As a result of the injuries, Police Horse Teddy had to be put down. It was unknown as to why Teddy ran off.

Police Horse Teddy was survived by his handler, Patrolman Andrew Gregerson.