Author: 100 Club of Chicago

Officer John W. Mathews was attacked and killed by five assailants. Officer Mathews was returning home and was attacked and killed by five assailants while investigating a drinking and drag racing party. He was off duty when he noticed several squad cars down the street. He...

Correctional Officer Jeffery Blakey died as a result of an injury he suffered six weeks earlier while stopping an inmate from escaping a courthouse in Des Plaines. One of five prisoners tried to escape out of a fire exit during their transport to court. Correctional Officer...

Police Officer Lee Seward, 43, was a 16-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 023 District. On December 30, 1987, Officer Seward and his partner, Patricia Cosgrove, responded for the second time to an apartment building in the 4000 block of North...

On October 5, 1987, Chicago Fire Department Captain Richard O’Connor of Engine 29 collapsed after climbing ten flights of stairs while responding to a false alarm in a multi-story Chicago Housing Authority project building. The building’s two elevators had been vandalized and were not in...

Officer Morrison was killed when his patrol car was broadsided by a drunk driver traveling at a high rate of speed. While working special employment for Public Housing North, Officer Morrison learned of a man with a shotgun in the area. Accompanied by other officers, Morrison...

The first Chicago firefighter to die this year while on duty was killed in a fire that police are blaming on a 4th of July rocket. Firefighter James E. Hill, 44, died in the fire, and three other firefighters were injured, one seriously. Hill, a nine-year...

Police Officer Jay Brunkella, 39, was an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 024 District Tactical Unit. On September 22, 1986, Officer Brunkella was fatally shot when his partner’s gun accidentally discharged.  The officers were at Stephen F. Gale Community Academy at 1631 W....

Sergeant Richard Davenport, Jr., 54, was a 26-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 9th District. On August 4, 1986, Sergeant Davenport, while off duty, was alerted to an attempted auto theft in his neighborhood. He responded, identified himself as a police officer...

Patrolman George T. Bryja collapsed and died of a heart attack after a foot pursuit. Officer Bryja was off duty when he was awakened at 3:00 a.m. by the sound of the burglar alarm on the family car. His wife set the alarm off when she...