Special Policeman Patrick Gorman

Special Policeman Patrick Gorman

Chicago House of Correction, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, March 9, 1873

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Patrick Gorman

Special Policeman Patrick Gorman drowned while on duty after being thrown into a water-filled ditch when the wagon he was driving overturned at the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Evans Street (modern-day 18th Street).

Bystanders pulled him from the water but were not able to revive him. He was taken to his home where he died a short time later.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

routine driving

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Officer Gorman,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


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March 9, 2023

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