Name: Sweeney, James Patrick
Star: Unknown
Memorial Panel #: 14
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: Unknown
End of Watch: 28 October 1978
Incident Details: Police Officer James P. Sweeney was severely injured in the line of duty on May 13, 1968. Officer Sweeney was patrolling South Lake Shore Drive on his three-wheeler when one of the tires disengaged. He suffered multiple injuries including a skull fracture and a ruptured spleen. Officer Sweeney spent several weeks in the intensive care unit and was released from the hospital after five months. As a result of his injuries, Officer Sweeney developed epilepsy and was disabled in the last decade of his life. He passed away on October 28, 1978. Officer Sweeney’s funeral mass was held in Queen of Martyrs Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Officer Sweeney was survived by his children: Pat, Cathy, Mary Denise, James, Kevin, and Patrick.


  • Pat Sweeney was a “TASK FORCE GUY”. After his accident, he was assigned to the desk, and he did not like that very much. He was a wonerful person and deciated to all the guys in Area #2 SOG. Well liked and highly thought of. I recently met his son at a police meeting in Orland Park, O.P.L.E.O and his son really wanted to know more about his father’s working on the police department. He died as a recult of injuries he obtained in a traffic accident involving his 3-wheel motorcycle. The repair shop failed to give this motorcycle proper maintence. His accident was prior to FOP being organized and officers really did not have any voice in how maintance in perform, as they do now. “May HE REST IN PEACE” and “GOD BLESS PAT SWEENEY”.

  • I was just informed that PO Sweeney’s son, Patrick West, has died. He was a faithful CPD GoldStar family member.

  • Hi Jeanne, My first time seeing this website I have something I want to run by you. If you haven’t changed your phone number I still have it. I”ll try and call you. Mine is the same. Glad to see you went to the hearing. I couldn’t make it for personal reasons. Think of you and July 17, 1970 most everyday. Never Forget ! Fondly, Marilyn

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