Park Police Officer Harry Francois

Park Police Officer Harry Francois

Chicago Park District Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, November 20, 1939

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Harry Francois

Patrolman Harry Francois was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest three youths who were robbing a couple in the park.

All three were apprehended. The one who shot him was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. A year later his sentence was commuted to 199 years. He died in prison August 6, 1946. A second suspect was sentenced to 20 years.

The Chicago Park District Police in the City of Chicago was disbanded in 1957. Remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Police Department through an intergovernmental agreement. Fallen officers are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 629

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Died in prison

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Officer Francois,
On today, the 80th 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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November 20, 2019

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