Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 21 years, 2 months, 5 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 32 - North Robey
District of Incident (Present Day): 019 - Town Hall
Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy
Age at Time of Death: 50
Date of Birth: 22 Dec 1876
Date of Appointment: 02 Apr 1906
Date of Incident: 019 - Town Hall
End of Watch: 07 Jun 1927
Date of Interment:
Cemetery: St. Joseph Cemetery - River Grove, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-10
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 20
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 19
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 14-W: 14
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: U.S. Army
Incident & Biographic Details
Sergeant Kazimer J. Wistert, Star #247, aged 50 years, was a 21 year, 2 month, 5 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 32 – North Robey.
On July 10, 1926, at 3:25 a.m., Sergeant Wistert was approached by a citizen who identified a man on the street who was in the process of committing a robbery. Sergeant Wistert raced to the scene where he frustrated the robbery causing the offender to flee on foot. Wistert followed the suspect into a building located at 2204-06 West Wilson Avenue. After entering the building, Sergeant Wistert had discovered the offender had climbed a flight of stairs and was on the landing. The armed offender suddenly turned around and fired a revolver, striking Sergeant Wistert in the chest before fleeing. Sergeant Wistert was rushed to Ravenswood Hospital where he lingered for almost a year before succumbing to his injuries on June 7, 1927.
On July 8, 1927, the arrest of the unknown assailant was recommended by the Coroner. The offender is still at large.
Sergeant Wistert was laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery, 3100 North Thatcher Avenue, River Grove, Illinois.
Sergeant Kazimer J. Wistert, born December 22, 1876, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 2, 1906 and was issued Star #3087. On January 10, 1920, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and issued Star #247.
Sergeant Wistert served in the U.S. Army from December 22, 1898 thru December 28, 1901 in Company G, 4th Infantry, was a veteran of the Spanish American War and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Private. He was survived by his wife, Josephine (nee Szukis) and four children: Son, Francis Alexander.
Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #9324.