Patrolman Leonard F. Baldy

Patrolman Leonard F. Baldy

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, May 2, 1960

Leonard F. Baldy

Patrolman Leonard F. Baldy was killed in a helicopter crash as he was preparing to deliver his traffic report.

Patrolman Baldy was assigned to the department's Safety Education Bureau, which provided citizens live traffic reports from a helicopter.

As Officer Baldy was preparing his report, the helicopter suddenly threw a main rotor blade and crashed in a railroad yard near Milwaukee Street and Hubbard Street. The officer and his pilot were killed in the accident.

Officer Baldy served with the Chicago Police Department for 8 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 1451

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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I FLEW ON HELICOPTERS IN VIETNAM. I REMEMBER OFFICER BALD'S ACCIDENT. I DID NOT THINK IT WAS THAT LONG AGO. I WONDER IF THEY LOOKED INTO WHY HIS AIRCRAFT THREW A BLADE, OR THE ENTIRE ROTOR ?? I WOULD IMAGING THAT TO BE SOME MAJOR KIND OF MAINTAINANCE PROBLEM, THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SCRUTINIZED.

TOM NEWTON
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January 13, 2015

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