Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Park District Police Department
Served: Length of Service Unknown
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Patrol Division
District of Incident (Present Day): 018 - Near North
Cause of Death: Struck - By Vehicle
Age at Time of Death: 39
Date of Birth: 13 Dec 1896
Date of Appointment:
Date of Incident: 018 - Near North
End of Watch: 22 Oct 1936
Date of Interment: 26 Oct 1936
Cemetery: Waldheim Cemetery - Forest Park, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-1
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 8
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 40
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: U.S. Navy
Incident & Biographic Details
Sergeant Frederick Fischer, Star #36, aged 39 years, was a veteran of the Chicago Park District Police Department, assigned to the Patrol Division.
On October 21, 1936, Sergeant Fischer was called to the scene of a traffic accident on Fullerton Parkway and North Lake Shore Drive, in Lincoln Park. George Levinson was driving his vehicle when it struck the vehicle of Arthur Cohen. While writing the crash report for the accident a third vehicle struck Levinson’s car pushing it into Sergeant Fischer. Cohen’s wife, who was injured in the first crash, was also injured in the second crash. Sergeant Fischer was mortally wounded. He was transported to Columbus Memorial Hospital where he died from the injuries he sustained the next day on October 22, 1936.
Sergeant Fischer was waked at Christ Nielsen Funeral Home located at 3301 West Fullerton Avenue, his funeral mass was also held at Christ Nielsen Funeral Home. He was laid to rest on October 26, 1936 in Waldheim Cemetery, 1400 Des Plaines Avenue, Forest Park, Illinois.
Sergeant Frederick Fischer, born on December 13, 1896, was appointed to the Lincoln Park District Police Department. He was laterally transferred to the Chicago Park District Police Department upon the consolidation of park districts on May 1, 1934.
Sergeant Fischer served in the U.S. Navy from July 26, 1918 thru June 19, 1919 in, was a veteran of World War I and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Fireman 1st Class Non-Petty Officer. He was also a member of the Chicago Park Policemen’s Benevolent Association. Sergeant Fischer was survived by his wife, Clara; daughter, Muriel; mother, Mathilda (nee Schaefer) and siblings: Arthur, Charles, Martha Amerski, Max and William.
The Chicago Park District Police Department, in the City of Chicago, was disbanded on December 31, 1957. On January 1, 1958, the remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Police Department through an intergovernmental agreement. Fallen Officer of the Chicago Park District Police Department are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers. Their stars are displayed in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case located in the lobby of the Chicago Police Department at 3510 South Michigan Avenue.