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Lieutenant James F. Day | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Lieutenant

James F. Day

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 19, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 71

Tour: 43 years

Badge # 261

Cause: Heart attack

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Lieutenant James F. Day died of a heart attack after being attacked during a robbery.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., Lieutenant Day was robbed and beaten. His body was found early the next morning in a vacant lot near 8545 South Green Street, within 100 yards of the Gresham Station where he was assigned. Evidence showed Lieutenant Day put up a fight for his life when he was attacked as his right hand was severely bruised. Although death was caused by a heart attack, Lieutenant Day was struck many times on the head and body with a club.

Lieutenant Day's pockets were turned inside out and his wallet was gone when he was found. His widow reported that he cashed his paycheck and had a large sum of money when he left his home for work. His revolver was still in his coat pocket.

Lieutenant James Day was a 43-year veteran of the police force. His wife, 5 daughters and 3 sons survived him. Funeral services were held at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, 55th Street and Wentworth. Burial was in St. James Cemetery, on Archer Avenue.

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Thus seamed with many scars,
Bursting these prison bars,
Up to its native stars
My soul ascended

There from the flowing bowl
Deep drinks the warrior's soul,
Skoal! to the Northland! skoal!
Thus the tale ended.

The Skeleton in Armor
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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March 20, 2013

 

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