Detective Sergeant Bernard J. Lenehan

Detective Sergeant Bernard J. Lenehan

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, October 5, 1919

Bernard J. Lenehan

Detective Sergeant Bernard Lenehan and Detective Sergeant George Burns were shot and killed during a holdup of a saloon on West Madison Street. The two officers had just entered the saloon when several minutes later two men entered with guns and announced a holdup. As Detective Sergeant Burns pulled his service weapon the men opened fire, striking him the abdomen. Detective Sergeant Lenehan was able to return fire.

Detective Sergeant Lenehan, who was shot three times, was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds two days later.

Detective Sergeant Lenehan is survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 536

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, October 3, 1919
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Detective Sergeant Lenehan's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 7-14-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

July 14, 2018

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