Patrolman Irwin Francis "Irv" Hayden

Patrolman Irwin Francis "Irv" Hayden

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, August 10, 1971

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Irwin Francis "Irv" Hayden

Patrolman Irv Hayden was killed in a helicopter crash while conducting traffic condition broadcasts as part of a partnership with the Chicago Police Department and WGN radio.

The police helicopter suffered an airframe failure and crashed. Patrolman Hayden and civilian pilot David Demarest were both killed when the helicopter crashed into a baseball field in the 900 block of Cernan Avenue in Bellwood, Illinois.

Patrolman Hayden had served with the Chicago Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 4005/19

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

helicopter crash

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God bless you. RIP and thank you for your service. On that day, I was working a search warrant in Bellwood, not too far from the crash site. My Dad listened faithfully to your reports as he got ready for his long drive from Stone Park to Petersen and Pulaski every day.

Pete DONNELLY, Retired officer.
Chicago, US Treasury and Postal Inspector

July 19, 2023

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