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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Officer Burke's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 8-1-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

August 1, 2018

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