Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 30 years, 4 months, 11 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: 20th District - Brighton Park
District of Incident (Present Day): 009 - Deering
Cause of Death: Crash - Automobile
Age at Time of Death: 54
Date of Birth: 26 Mar 1900
Date of Appointment: 29 Feb 1924
Date of Incident: 009 - Deering
End of Watch: 11 Jul 1954
Date of Interment: 14 Jul 1954
Cemetery: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Evergreen Park, Illinois
Grave Location: Lot N1/2 X368, Block --, Section G
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 7
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Sergeant Edward Horace Breen, Star #689, aged 54 years, was a 30 year, 4 month, 11 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 20th District – Brighton Park.
On July 11, 1954, Sergeant Edward Breen, while on duty as a supervising sergeant, was involved in an automobile accident near the intersection of Pershing Road and Hermitage Avenue. His patrol car had crashed into a metal post and was found with its red emergency light flashing. It was believed that he was chasing another vehicle for a traffic infraction when the crash occurred. Sergeant Breen was transported to Southtown Hospital where he died from injuries sustained in the crash.
Sergeant Breen was waked at Kenny Brothers Funeral Home located at 5438 South Halsted Street. His funeral mass was held at St. Clare de Montefalco Church located at 5443 South Washtenaw Avenue. He was laid to rest on July 14, 1954 in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, 87th Street and Hamlin Avenue, Evergreen Park, Illinois. His grave is located in Lot N1/2 X368, Block –, Section G.
Sergeant Edward Horace Breen, born March 26, 1900, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 29, 1924 and was issued Star #4727. On January 4, 1926 he was issued Patrolman Star #2241. On August 3, 1945, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and issued Star #689. He earned 3 Credible Mentions and 2 Extra Compensations for Meritorious Conduct totaling $240.00 during his career.
Sergeant Breen was survived by his wife, Ann (nee Brankin); father: John J. and siblings: Helen Singer, Lawrence and Thomas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine (nee Fenton).