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Sergeant Richard F. Cummings | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Richard F. Cummings

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, May 1, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 101

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Sergeant Richard Cummings or the 42nd Precinct was run over while guarding wagons of Montgomery and Ward Company, on Washington Street, near Dearbonr. Sergeant Cummings commanded a large group of officers assigned to an area experiencing serious labor problems. Verbal conflict flared between striker breakers and strike sympathizers. A horse-drawn wagon driver disobeyed police orders and attempted to force his vehicle into a heavily congested area. The side of the wagon struck Sergeant Cummings, throwing him to the ground. The sergeant died as a result of the injuries he sustained.

Sergeant Cummings died in Alexian Bros. Hospital. The horse driver was arrested and held by Coroner's Jury May 10.

He was acquitted by jury in Judge Kavanagh's court, Oct. 23, 1906.

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So proud of your duty and honor for the city and people of chicago. I am grateful to be your great granddaughter, and forever indebted to your bravery. You shall be long remembered. Rest in peace.

Janie Dowdle Garb
Great Granddaughter
October 16, 2017


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