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
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:
Cemetery: Unknown Cemetery
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
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 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.