Park Police Officer Spencer Thornton, Jr.

Park Police Officer Spencer Thornton, Jr.

Chicago Park District Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, September 3, 1945

Spencer Thornton, Jr.

Park Police Officer Spencer Thornton, Jr. was shot and killed while intervening in a quarrel at the 31st Street Beach. One of the men opened fire, killing Officer Thornton and the other participant in the quarrel. Two other police officers who had been assigned to the Democratic picnic shot the suspect in the shoulder.

Park Police Officer Thornton died of his wounds at Michael Reese Hospital.

The Chicago Park District Police in the City of Chicago was disbanded in 1957. Remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Police Department through an intergovernmental agreement. Fallen officers are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers.

Bio

  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 327

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Not available

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 68th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 28, 2013

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