Patrolman Thomas W. Burke

Patrolman Thomas W. Burke

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, June 16, 1921

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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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 16, 2015

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