Police Officer Helen P. Cardwell

Police Officer Helen P. Cardwell

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, May 19, 1988

Helen P. Cardwell

Officer Helen P. Cardwell was killed in an accident in the 1900 block of South Sacramento. She was on her way to exchange an unmarked squad for her assigned car when her vehicle left the roadway and struck two trees.

She was removed from the car by firefighters and at 10:45 a.m. was pronounced dead at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Officer Cardwell became a police officer in 1970. She had been assigned to the speakers unit of the senior citizens division since its establishment in 1982. Several times each day, Officer Cardwell would meet with the elderly to teach them the simple but crucial rules of crime prevention.

In her career, Officer Cardwell collected one honorable mention and 127 letters of commendation. Her husband, also a police officer in the Deering District, a son and brother, survives her.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not availa

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Officer Cardwell,
On today, the 29th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 19, 2017

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