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Sergeant Patrick F. Delaney | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Sergeant

Patrick F. Delaney

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 4, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 417

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 14 years

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Sergeant Patrick Delaney was shot and killed as he attempted to question suspicious men at the intersection of 14th Street and Loomis Street.

As Sergeant Delaney was questioning the men, one drew a revolver and fired, killing Sergeant Delaney.

Sergeant Delaney was able to reach a call box and contact the station to let them know he had been shot. Other officers found him unconscious at the foot of the box and took him to the Cook County Hospital, where he died a short time later.

The shooter was arrested and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Sergeant Delaney had served with the Chicago Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.

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Dear Grandpa,

As I said earlier, I have always missed having a grandpa keeping an eye out for me. As I read through the reflections, I was struck by what my cousin, who I have known as Bobby Delaney, said about your loss impacting us to this very day.

What Bobby said had me remembering that when I turned to writing fulltime, one of the first pieces I wrote was about your loss to us. Since I am a fiction writer, the piece was fictionalized,
but it rose from what had happened to you. The piece was well received. It was published in several magazines, the newspaper, and read on public radio. I think you would have liked the policeman in my first novel, President Kennedy's Promises.

Bobby's reflection also had me remembering that when I was teaching, I once took my class to 11th and State to view your star and the stars of other murdered Chicago policemen. I also sometimes visited you, my uncles, and later Aunt Babe at Mt. Carmel.

I have a letter you wrote to grandma before you were married. I guess Bobby was right, grandpa, you have been and are with us to this day.

Mary P. Carroll, your oldest granddaughter
August 11, 2017

 

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