Patrolman John C. Churchwood

Patrolman John C. Churchwood

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, March 25, 1864

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John C. Churchwood

Patrolman John Churchwood died from complications of an injury sustained on March 21st, 1864, when a drunk soldier fell on him at the Soldier's Home at what is now present-day 541 West Randolph Street.

He had been called to the home to place the disorderly soldier under arrest. He allowed the man to go to his room to obtain personal possessions. As they climbed the stairs the highly intoxicated subject stumbled and fell, knocking Patrolman Churchwood down as well. The two fell the entire length of the long staircase, resulting in Patrolman Churchwood suffering severe injuries and broken bones.

The injury quickly became infected and doctors recommended his arm be amputated, which Patrolman Churchwood refused to do. The infected spread throughout his body and he died as a result on March 25th, 1864.

Patrolman Churchwood was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall
  • Incident Date Monday, March 21, 1864


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A long time ago. But remembered as a Windy City hero! Rest in peace Patrolman Churchwood.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 25, 2024

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