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Patrolman Edwin E. Peppard | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

Edwin E. Peppard

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, April 15, 1935

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 5967

Cause: Fall

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Patrolman Peppard was killed after falling from an apartment building that was on fire. He and his partner had just delivered a suicidal patient to a nearby hospital when they observed the flames. The two officers immediately responded to the scene and rescued 15 families from the building.

As Patrolman Peppard continued to search for more people in the building he became entrapped on the top floor, surrounded by flames. In an effort to escape the flames he hung from a window ledge with one hand, while attempting to signal other officers with a flashlight in his other hand. The flames burned his hand, causing him to lose his grip and fall to the pavement below. He was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Patrolman Peppard had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and son.

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It was an honor to read your name among the 567 heroes of the Chicago Police Department during last night's Candlelight Vigil at Gold Star Families and Memorial Park. Your service, and your family's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Mark Hannan
IL COPS
September 18, 2013

 

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