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Detective Joseph M. Airhart, Jr. | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Joseph M. Airhart, Jr.

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 25 years

Badge # 20931

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/28/2001

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Detective Joseph Airhart succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained seven years earlier while leading an FBI Task Force raid at the home of a bank robbery suspect. As the team entered the man's apartment the suspect opened fire, striking Detective Airhart.

The suspect then held Detective Airhart hostage for two hours before being taken into custody.

Detective Airhart remained in a coma for two months, but never fully recovered. He was unable to speak, walk or swallow food. He died as a result of his wound on November 4, 2008.

Prior to Detective Airhart's death, the suspect had been sentenced to life in prison plus 132 years for the shooting and robberies.

Detective Airhart had served with the Chicago Police Department for 19 years at the time of the shooting.

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Approximately 7 years ago I was walking into the cafeteria at University of Chicago hospital and I seen an older couple sitting there wearing memorial buttons with your photo on it. I was there anticipating the arrival of my son, Kenneth Louis Kaner.

I walked up to your parents and introduced myself. They are so proud of you. Rest in Peace

Son of murdered CPD Officer Kenneth Kaner EOW June 19, 1970
Kurt Kaner

P.O Kaner
chicago police
September 9, 2016


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