Patrolman Anthony Cannata

Patrolman Anthony Cannata

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, June 15, 1953

Anthony Cannata

Patrolman Anthony Cannata was killed and his partner seriously injured when their squad car struck a light pole at Milwaukee Avenue near Walton Street while they were pursuing a vehicle.

Officer Cannata and his partner attempted to question two men they saw at Chicago Avenue and Noble Street, in a parked auto without license plates similar to the one used by the men who kidnapped a state representative four days earlier. The men sped away and the policemen gave chase. They were gaining when an approaching car swerved into their path and forced the squad car against the light pole. The driver did not stop.

Patrolman Cannata joined the Chicago Police Department in October 1947. His wife, two sons, two daughters, and mother survive him.

On May 25, 2006, Officer Cannata's star was retired and enshrined in the Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Avenue.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 1 year, 11 months
  • Badge 2216

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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I wish I could have met you Uncle but I heard a lot of story's about you from my dad, your brother Carlo. He was only 19yrs old when you passed away he is 81yrs old now & the last member of the family still here. When he gets to Heaven it will be a grand reunion for all of you!

Carmella 'Cannata' Roberts

August 26, 2015

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