Patrolman Joseph P. Hastings

Patrolman Joseph P. Hastings

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, August 14, 1933

Add to My Heroes

Joseph P. Hastings

Patrolman Joseph Hastings was shot and killed as he interrupted an armed robbery in progress on Navy Pier.

He was conducting routine checks on various businesses on his beat when he came upon several gunmen, including one juvenile, committing an armed robbery at a welfare office. The office was being used to issue welfare payments to citizens affected by the Great Depression. The offenders opened fire, fatally wounding Patrolman Hastings in the encounter.

The man who shot him was convicted of murder and subsequently executed in the electric chair on October 13th, 1933.

Patrolman Hastings had served with the Chicago Police Department for over two years. He was survived by his wife, five sisters, and a brother.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 2 years, 7 months
  • Badge 6384

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1933

juvenile offender, robbery

Most Recent Reflection

View all 10 Reflections

Patrolman Hastings,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War I.


United States Border Patrol

August 14, 2023

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.