Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 21 years, 4 months, 14 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: 23rd District - Town Hall
District of Incident (Present Day): 019 - Town Hall
Cause of Death: Crash - Automobile
Age at Time of Death: 56
Date of Birth: 05 Jul 1953
Date of Appointment: 05 Dec 1988
Date of Incident: 019 - Town Hall
End of Watch: 22 Feb 2010
Date of Interment: 26 Feb 2010
Cemetery: Maryhill Catholic Cemetery - Niles, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-9
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 1
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 5, Line 15
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 37-E: 27
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: Did Not Serve
Incident & Biographic Details
Sergeant Alan Joseph Haymaker, Star #2532, aged 56 years, was a 21 year, 4 month, 14 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 23rd District – Town Hall.
On February 22, 2010, at 5:06 a.m., Sergeant Haymaker was working 10-99 on beat 2320R. He was responding to a burglary in progress call at a Verizon Wireless store located at 3176 North Clark Street. While driving Southbound on Lake Shore Drive, he drove over a patch of ice and his vehicle veered off the road. His squad car jumped a curb and struck a light pole, then a tree located just south of the exit ramp to Irving Park Road at 4100 North Lake Shore Drive. He was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center by CFD Ambulance #31 where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Ricco at 7:33 a.m. on February 22, 2010.
Other responding units to the burglary were able to apprehend Larry Brown, age 28, of the 16500 block of Park Avenue in Markham, IL. He was charged with burglary and with obstructing identification.
Sergeant Haymaker was waked at Bethel Community Church located at 7601 West Foster Avenue, his funeral mass was also held at St. Bethel Community Church. He was laid to rest on February 26, 2010 in Maryhill Catholic Cemetery, 8600 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois.
Sergeant Alan Joseph Haymaker, born July 5, 1953, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on December 5, 1988, attended the Jackson Street Police Academy and was issued Star #9320. He received numerous Honorable Mentions and commendations during his career. On June 25, 1992, he was promoted to the rank of Field Training Officer. On June 16, 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and issued Star #2532.
Sergeant Haymaker was a member of the Police Benevolent & Protective Association. He was survived by his wife, Elaine Blanche (nee Fisher); daughters: Amanda Joy (Daniel) Talavera, age 24, Elyse Beth, age 16 and Melina Sue, age 23; parents: Catherine (nee Gilhooly) and Harry (CPD) and siblings: Diane (Phil) Evans, Gary, Jerome, Paul and Susan Jung Carl.
Incident Recorded Under Chicago Police Department RD #HS175561 Burglary Report and HS175557 Crash Report.
On August 31, 2010, Sergeant Haymaker’s star was retired by Superintendent Jody P. Weis and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.