Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 25 years, 3 months, 7 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Office of Operations, Bureau of Detectives, Unit 610 - Bureau of Detectives - Area Central

District of Incident (Present Day): 002 - Wentworth

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Illness - COVID-19

Age at Time of Death: 56


Date of Birth: 04 Jun 1963

Date of Appointment: 03 Jan 1995

Date of Incident: 002 - Wentworth

End of Watch: 10 Apr 2020

Date of Interment: 21 Apr 2020


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Lincoln Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-11

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 25

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 5, Line 29

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 8-E: 32

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: Unknown


Incident & Biographic Details

Sergeant Clifford Willie Martin, Sr., Star #1456, aged 56 years, was a 25 year, 3 month, 7 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Office of Operations, Bureau of Detectives, Unit 610 – Bureau of Detectives – Area Central.

On March 20, 2020, Sergeant Martin began experiencing minor symptoms of COVID-19 and went to the ER at the University of Chicago Hospital to be tested. On March 22, 2020 at 10:43 a.m., Sergeant Martin was placed on the “Medical Roll“ after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. On March 29, 2020, he was hospitalized at the University of Chicago Hospital, located at 5700 South Maryland Avenue, where he was admitted to the ICU and would later succumb to the illness. He was pronounced dead by Dr. Avery Tung at 12:27 p.m. on April 10, 2020. On April 13, 2020, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Interim Superintendent Charles Beck announced that Officer Martin’s death would be classified as in the line of duty. Sergeant Martin was the second Chicago Police Officer to die in the line of duty from COVID-19.

Sergeant Clifford W. Martin, Sr., born June 4, 1963, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 3, 1995 and he attended the Jackson Street Police Academy. On February 16, 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and issued Star #1456. He earned 1 Police Officer of the Month Award, 9 Department Commendations, 2 Joint Operations Awards, 5 Attendance Recognition Awards, The 2019 Crime Reduction Award, The 2009 Crime Reduction Award, The 2004 Crime Reduction Award, The NATO Summit Service Award, 1 Democratic Convention Service Award, 7 Honorable Mentions, 1 Physical Fitness Award and 8 Complimentary Letters during his career.

Sergeant Martin was waked at Calahan Funeral Home located at 7030 South Halsted Street. He was laid to rest on April 21, 2020 in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Sergeant Martin was a member of the Police Benevolent & Protective Association. He was survived by his wife, Robin Renae Martin (nee Shannon), age 55 and children: Clifford Willie, Jr. (CPD), age 23, Kaysee Hayes, age 30 and Shannon (CPD), age 30.

Incident Recorded Under Chicago Police Department RD #JD206287.

On September 21, 2021, Officer Martin’s star was retired by Superintendent of Police David O’Neal Brown and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.