Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Department of Aviation Police Department

Served: 1 year*

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Patrol

District of Incident (Present Day): 016 - Jefferson Park

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Crash - Automobile

Age at Time of Death: 28


Date of Birth: 11 Jan 1964

Date of Appointment: 1991

Date of Incident: 016 - Jefferson Park

End of Watch: 27 Mar 1992

Date of Interment: 27 Mar 1992


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Maryhill Catholic Cemetery - Niles, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 5, Line 6

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 38-E: 18

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: Unknown


Incident & Biographic Details

Police Officer Michael Capparelli, Star #92, aged 29 years, was a 1 year veteran of the Chicago Department of Aviation Police Department, assigned to Patrol.

On March 27, 1992, Officer Michael Capparelli’s patrol car crossed the median of Spine Road and struck an oncoming semitrailer dump truck head-on on airport property at O’Hare International Airport. He was killed in the incident. The truck driver suffered only minor injuries. Michael Capparelli lived in the 3200 block of North Pittsburgh Avenue in Chicago.

Officer Capparelli was waked at Belmont Funeral Home located at 7120 West Belmont Avenue. He was laid to rest on March 31, 1992 in Maryhill Catholic Cemetery, 8600 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 9, Lot 17, Block 8, Section 27

Police Officer Michael Capparelli, born February 25, 1963, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Department of Aviation Police in 1991.

Officer Capparelli was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Alice (nee Crawley); mother, Alice and sisters: Anne Capparelli-Oldham and Laura. He was preceded in death by his father, Carmen.