Patrolman Thomas W. Burke

Patrolman Thomas W. Burke

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, June 16, 1921

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Thomas W. Burke

Patrolman Thomas Burke was pursuing a speeder when his motorcycle overturned at the intersection of Crawford Avenue (modern-day Pulaski Street) and Huron Street.

He was fatally injured when the motorcycle he was riding in struck a lump of coal and overturned as he and his partner attempted to stop a speeding vehicle.

Patrolman Burke had served with the Chicago Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 4986

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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Patrolman Burke,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago.


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June 16, 2021

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