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Police Officer Patrick J. Crowley

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, September 13, 1976

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Reflections for Police Officer Patrick J. Crowley

I never met Officer Crowley. I was almost 4 months old on the night he was killed. I grew up hearing about him though. My dad was one of his partners that night. From what I was told, Mr. Crowley had told my dad he would take the lead on entry rather than my dad or Mr. Duignan. By doing that I got to grow up with a father but my dad lost a partner. It was a tragic night for all officers involved.

Rest easy, Officer Crowley and thank you for your service.

Heather Wood
Daughter of retired CPD Officer James P. McKeon, Jr.

September 10, 2021

My husband, Jim Duignan and Jim McKeon were working with Pat on the night he lost his life. I’ll never forget what transpired that night and what followed. I know that both Jim’s relived that night every time they appeared in front of parole board to speak out against the offender receiving parole and they did this almost every year! The support they had from fellow officers was amazing. The only good thing that came out of the Covid Lockdown was receiving the letter from prisoner review board that the offender died of natural
Causes while still incarcerated. Even though both Jim’s have passed on both our families remain CPD strong.

Kathleen Duignan
Widow of James P. Duignan retired CPD 33yrs

September 5, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 13, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Crowley.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 2, 2019

I meet Pat in 1976 , when I was a police beat reporter with City News Bureau of Chicago.

He was always helpful to me and was very kind . I remember September 13, 1976 and was aware of the raid they were on. I still Remember the 10-1 call and the words "we have a police officer shot". I honor Pat always by buying a brick in his name , golfing for 15 years in the Memorial outing . I always put a candle with his picture before his name on the wall for 42 years on the date. I also read his name at the Candellight ceremony

Gera-Lind Kolarik, journalist

Gera-Lind Kolarik
Friend journalist

September 6, 2018

I never knew Officer Crowley - but I feel compelled to write. His EOD date was my birth date. I am now 14 years into my career and am honoured to have some small connection with this brave Officer. I will always do my best to ensure that he is never forgotten at memorial events and will in future years, attending events such as National Police Week in Washington DC, make sure that he is honoured. Thank you Officer Crowley for your service.

Sergeant Jason Parry
Hampshire Constabulary - UK Police

February 17, 2018

Before I went on the job in 73 I hung out with pat a lot, the old emerald isle was a favorite place. Pat was the original wild colonial boy...He was a coppers' cop, a loyal friend. I named my son after him, as did many of his friends. He belongs to the ages now. rip

Sgt Larry Ashe(ret)

September 13, 2017

In 1975 Pat was one of the founders of the Emerald Society of Illinois. I was privileged to be chosen as the attorney to incorporate the society. Fortunately, I got to know Pat fairly well during the year or so before his murder by a drug dealer. Pat was the consummate police officer who was highly respected by other members of the CPD. He was also a kind and generous gentleman who gave of his time to charitable causes. I and several others were at an Emerald Society meeting and were planning to meet Pat on 9/13/76 when we got the news that he was shot by a drug dealer. I'll never forget the shock, horror and sorrow of everyone of the 100 plus officers in the room.
Today I was walking near the police memorial and stopped to see your name and say a prayer. Can't believe it has been 40 years, Pat. We will all get together at sundown. Know that you will never be forgotten.

Daniel F. Gallagher
Attorney for Emerald Society

August 5, 2016

I worked with Officer Crowley and his partner Thomas Kelly, who was killed in the line of duty on March, 1970 in Area#1 Task Force. They were great officers and great guys. They are surely missed.

Joe Davenport
CPD Area#1 Task Force and Retired from the 2nd District

August 9, 2015


P.O. T KUCHARSKI # 11902
CPD 012

December 21, 2014

Rest in peace my brother

Pltmn D. Crowe star # 14006
CPD 006 th District

October 9, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 11, 2013

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones and close friends today. Continue to keep watch over all of them. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 13, 2012

When I was recovering from a gunshot wound, Pat would come by my house every morning and take me to the gym for re-hab.
He was an outstanding Policeman and a terrific human being. I proudly wear his bracelet from the National Memorial.

John Sullivan
Retired Chicago Police Dept.

September 8, 2012

Rest easy Pat, your work here is done. May the Lord grant you everlasting peace. You will not be forgotten.

Ptlmn. J. Murray (Ret.)
Chicago Police Department

June 14, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Crowley. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

It has been 35 years since your ultimate sacrifice but please know that your contribution will not be forgotten. The CPD will not allow you to be forgotten.

Detective Thomas Downes

September 14, 2011

Mr. Crowley,

I doesn't seem right that I have to leave a note on a web page but I thought you would be proud to know your name will live on for another generation. I have had the honor of being the keeper of your name for many years now. This year when my son was born I couldn't think of a better name than yours. So Patrick Jr will carry on your name for many years and I am sure he will carry it with the same pride I do.


November 28, 2010

Today we heard on the radio that more than two dozen of your fellow officers were returning to Chicago from Sprigfield today with good news. The Prisoner Review Board voted unaminously today to keep your killer behind bars. NO PAROLE. Thank you to these officers. Those convicted of murder should not be paroled back to our streets and communities. And especially, thank you to the PRB.


July 10, 2008

The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 17, 2007

As a Patrolman I had the privilege of working with Pat in the 10th district from time to time. He had a uncanny sense when it can to stopping car that had guns in them. He was truly an inspirational and dedicated Police Officer.
He was always available to assist other officers with a smile on his face and a kind word.

God Bless,

Jim McDonough, retired

Sgt. James McDonough
CPD 010 district

August 24, 2007

Pat, it was a long time ago that we worked together. I remember the night you were slain and worked with all the other members of our tact team gathering the evidence to convict your killer. It was one of the most tragic nights of my career. I can still see your beautiful wife trying to hold herself together. It was hard for all of us. I pray your soul is resting now in heaven. You will never be forgotten.

Ptlmn. John M. Herr
Fmr member 6th Dist Tactical Team

January 17, 2007

I have heard many stories over the years of why I was named after you and I must say that I am honored to carry your name. You saved my father's life many times and now everyday I know you are in the empty seat in my squad. Thank You for your service, heroism and name. Hopefully I can I can carry on meaning of your name. God rest your soul.


October 17, 2006

Rest in Peace, P.O. Crowley and watch over us as we continue the struggle in the streets of Chicago.

Chicago P.D.

May 25, 2006

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero. God bless.

September 30, 2004

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