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Park Policeman Willard E. Hoard | South Park District Police Department, Illinois South Park District Police Department, Illinois

Park Policeman

Willard E. Hoard

South Park District Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, September 10, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # 223

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Policeman Willard E. Hoard was killed when his motorcycle crashed as he chased a speeder.

Policeman Hoard was traveling at more than 70 mph when he collided with an automobile near 23rd and the Outer Drive. Hoard's partner said they were chasing a speeder and had reached a point opposite the 23rd Street entrance to the World's Fair when an automobile suddenly emerged from a parking lot and cut across the road in front of them. Hoard's partner managed to stop his motorcycle after skidding more than 40 feet, but Hoard apparently did not see the vehicle and struck it at high speed.

Policeman Hoard was taken to Chicago Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Chicago Park District Police in the City of Chicago was disbanded in 1957. Remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Police Department through an intergovernmental agreement. Fallen officers are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 80th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
May 4, 2013


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