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Detective Sergeant Bernard J. Lenehan | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Detective Sergeant

Bernard J. Lenehan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, October 5, 1919

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: Not available

Badge # 536

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/3/1919

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Detective Sergeant Bernard Lenehan and Detective Sergeant George Burns were shot and killed during a holdup of a saloon on West Madison Street. The two officers had just entered the saloon when several minutes later two men entered with guns and announced a holdup. As Detective Sergeant Burns pulled his service weapon the men opened fire, striking him the abdomen. Detective Sergeant Lenehan was able to return fire.

Detective Sergeant Lenehan, who was shot three times, was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds two days later.

Detective Sergeant Lenehan is survived by his wife and eight children.

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Detective Sergeant George C. Burns
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Friday, October 3, 1919
Cause: Gunfire

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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 94th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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
September 16, 2013

 

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