Death Classification: Performance of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 25 years, 7 months, 12 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 22nd District - Morgan Park

District of Incident (Present Day): 018 - Near North

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Illness - Cardiac Arrest

Age at Time of Death: 48


Date of Birth: 17 Sep 1963

Date of Appointment: 14 Jul 1986

Date of Incident: 018 - Near North

End of Watch: 26 Feb 2012

Date of Interment:


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Unknown Cemetery
 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: Not Listed

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Police Officer Preston Therran Ross, Jr., Star #5007, aged 48 years, was a 25 year, 7 month, 12 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 22nd District – Morgan Park.

On February 26, 2012, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Officer Ross was working CTA Special Employment on his regular day off. While at the Grand Avenue Blue Line station, located at 502 North Milwaukee Avenue, he experienced difficulty breathing and collapsed. An ambulance was summoned and he was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 10:00 a.m. on February 26, 2012. A few hours later an honor motorcade transported Officer Ross from Northwestern Memorial Hospital to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police Officer Preston Therran Ross, Jr., born September 17, 1963, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 14, 1986. He earned 17 awards during his career.

Officer Ross was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife and son, Preston Therran Ross, III. He was preceded in death by his parents: Preston Therran Ross, Sr. and mother.