Fallen Heroes

Officer John Lynch died after suffering a massive heart attack while transporting a deceased person. Officer Lynch and his partner were assigned to process a deceased body that was inside a residence. They carried the body from the house to the squadrol on a portable stretcher...

On March 5, 1982, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Robert Danaher of Hook and Ladder Company 52 died in the line of duty while operating at a house fire. A nineteen year veteran, Danaher was one of the first firefighters to enter the burning house, helping...

Patrolmen William P. Fahey and Richard J. O'Brien were gunned down during a traffic stop. Hours after attending the funeral of fellow officer James Doyle, Officers Fahey and O’Brien made a traffic stop. At 2:00 p.m., Fahey and O’Brien observed a late model Chevrolet go through...

Patrolmen Richard James O'Brien and William Fahey were gunned down during a traffic stop. Hours after attending the funeral of fellow officer James Doyle, Officers O’Brien and Fahey made a traffic stop. At 2:00 p.m., O’Brien and Fahey observed a late model Chevrolet go through a...

James E. Doyle, 34, was a Chicago police officer for less than one year when he was killed in the line of duty. Officer Doyle was assigned to the 006th District Gresham Station. On February 5, 1982, the rookie officer and his partner, Robert M. Mantia,...

Chicago Police Officer Edgar A. Clay, 51, was assigned to the 002nd District – Area 1 Youth Division. On January 7, 1982, Officer Clay questioned and searched a juvenile offender who was accused of stealing from Hyde Park Academy. After a .22 caliber pistol was discovered...

Born on January 21, 1928, Samuel L. Taylor, Sr. served the citizens of Winthrop Harbor for over 22 years. Joining the department in 1959, Taylor brought many skills and enthusiasm to his fellow members. On October 29, 1981, while on the scene of a residential fire,...

On September 22, 1981, two Chicago firefighters died in the line of duty during a fire at the Willoughby Tower on Michigan Avenue. Joseph Hitz, a veteran firefighter and snorkel truck driver with Hook and Ladder 1, and Craig McShane, a rookie firefighter with Engine...

Police Officer Michael Healy was shot and killed during a robbery attempt at the main post office in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Three suspects entered the post office and attempted to disarm Officer Healy at gunpoint. He refused to hand over his weapon and was attempting to...