Policeman Robert "Red" McCarthy

Policeman Robert "Red" McCarthy

Cook County Highway Police, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, August 24, 1931

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Robert "Red" McCarthy

Policeman Red McCarthy was killed in a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Graceland Avenue and Rand Road in Des Plaines at approximately 2:00 am

He and another officer were on patrol when a vehicle turned left in front of them, causing a collision. Policeman McCarthy succumbed to his injuries while being transported to Des Plaines Emergency Hospital.

The driver of the car that caused the collision was arrested and charged with manslaughter.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Officer McCarthy,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cook County.


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August 24, 2021

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