Name: Sam, Sidney Star: 13524 Memorial Panel #: 23 Rank: Patrolman District / Unit: 0012 District End of Watch: 16 June 1971 Incident Details: On June 16, 1971, Police Officer Sidney Sam had finished working the 3rdwatch in uniform at the 012 District. Officer Sam put a gray jacket over his uniform and drove to 1531 S. Komensky arriving at approximately 12:30 AM. Officer Sam double parked his 1970 Buick Electra and was talking to a friend, who was outside of his car. Three offenders walked up to the car, approached the friend from behind, put a gun into her back and announced a robbery.At this time, Officer Sam began to reach down to his left side with his left hand, and the robber told Sam, “Don’t try for it.” At that time one of the offenders now known as Robert Dismukes began to shoot at Officer Sam through the open car window. After shooting Officer Sam, Dismukes pushed Officer Sam out from behind the steering wheel, got into the Buick and fled northbound in the vehicle with wounded Officer Sam still in the front seat. The other two offenders then fled on foot. Officer Sam was discovered dead in his Buick a short time later in an alley behind 1239 S Kedvale. Missing was Sam’s off duty .32 caliber revolver, his police star and identification. Subsequent investigation by Area 4 detectives revealed the identity of Robert Dismukes, Louis Allen and David Lee Johnson as the three offenders who robbed and killed Officer Sam. All three offenders were arrested and subsequently charged and convicted for First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery. Detectives recovered Officer Sam’s gun and his police star and identification. On December 20, 1971 Robert Dismukes was sentenced to 30 to 75 years in the Illinois Penitentiary, Louis Allen was sentenced to 20 to 50 years in the Illinois Penitentiary and David Lee Johnson was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in the Illinois Penitentiary Officer Sam is currently survived by his three daughters, Debra, Cindy and Daphne. Cindy is a Chicago Police Sergeant.
Name: Knox, Terrence J. Star: 2759 Memorial Panel #: 22 Rank: Patrolman District / Unit: 005 District End of Watch: 7 March 1969 Incident Details: On March 7, 1969, Officer Terrence Knox was driving his squad car when he spotted a youth near Hirsch High school he suspected was a school-truant. Officer Knox exited his vehicle near 76th Street and Drexel Avenue and inquired as to why Joseph Pannell was not inside of the school. Pannell then opened fire on Officer Knox 13 times. Officer Knox survived the incident but was left with limited use in his arm and lifelong illnesses caused by the blood transfusions required to save his life. Joseph Pannell was arrested and jumped bond in 1971. In 1973, Officer Knox found and arrested him again. The presiding judge set Pannell’s bond at 100,000 which he was posted and then fled to Canada. In 2004, a cold case squad found Joseph Pannell living under the alias of Douglas Freeman in Toronto. Pannell was extradited to the United States. Officer Knox helped broker a plea deal which required Pannell, the now librarian, to serve 30 days in prison and donate $250,000 of his legal defense fund to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. Pannell who did not apologize to Officer Knox for attempting to murder him in 1969, addressed the court and said, “…It was an American tragedy. By this plea, I accept responsibility for the part I played in that tragedy.” Joseph Pannell a.k.a Douglas Freeman has been expelled from Canada. He has been petitioning the Canadian Government to make an exception and ignore his criminal background and grant him re-entrance to Canada. Officer Terrence Knox died on May 8, 2011, after a prolonged illness caused by blood transfusions. Officer Knox’s funeral mass was held at Our Lady of the Woods Church and he was laid to rest in Good Shepherd Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Diane; children, Christine (Martin) Gramlick and Charlene (Nathan) Livingston; granddaughter, Evelyn; and his siblings, Nancy Kermer, Thomas Knox, and Dennis Knox.
Name: Furlong, John P. Star: Unknown Memorial Panel #: 22 Rank: Patrolman District / Unit: Deering Street Station End of Watch: 27 October 1915 Incident Details: Police Officer John Furlong, 33, was a 4-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Deering Street Station. On October 25, 1915, Officer Furlong used a policeman’s patrol box at Lyman and Throop Streets to check-in with his supervisor at midnight. At 12:15 a.m., the officer was found bloodied and unconscious by a civilian. The officer was transported to People’s Hospital with a skull fracture. Before lapsing into a coma, he informed a nurse that he had been attacked from behind by four neighborhood gangsters. Officer Furlong died on October 27, 1915. The offenders were never identified. Officer Furlong was survived by his wife, son, parents, a brother, and two sisters.
Name: Rourke Jr, Cornelius Star: Unknown Memorial Panel #: 24 Rank: Lieutenant District / Unit: 006 District End of Watch: 23 October 1967 Incident Details: Sergeant Cornelious Rourke, 65, a 30-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 006 District. On October 23, 1967, Sergeant Rourke was driving southbound on Halsted Street when he observed a vehicle rolling through a stop sign. The sergeant curbed the vehicle at 350 W. 87thStreet and ordered the occupants of the vehicle to exit-Lorenzo Bacon, Richard Pillow, and Ronald Turner. Unbeknownst to the sergeant the three had earlier committed an armed robbery. The men were ordered to the rear of the vehicle and frisked. Sgt. Rourke was calling for assistance when two of the offenders began walking towards the passenger side of the car. Sgt. Rourke commanded them to return to their position. One of the men complied, but Lorenzo Bacon turned around and shot the sergeant in the lower abdomen. The sergeant returned gunfire and struck Richard Pillow. The three men fled the scene and abandoned their vehicle shortly after. Sgt. Rourke was rushed to Little Company of Mary Hospital by Officer Dennis O’Hare. O’Hare had been driving his squad car nearby and was flagged down by a group of people. Richard Pillow, 18, was arrested when he sought medical treatment at a hospital for a bullet wound to the shoulder. Ronald Turner, 21, was arrested while driving a get-away car in another incident. Lorenzo Bacon, 21, was arrested by the Illinois State Police onboard a bus going to Wichita, Kansas. Pillow and Turner were charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, and aggravated battery. Both were found guilty of aggravated battery and were sentenced to serve three to five years. Bacon was charged and found guilty of attempted murder and aggravated battery. Bacon appealed his conviction and was subsequently released from prison. In 1974, Bacon was charged with attempted murder, armed violence, aggravated battery, four counts of armed robbery, and a weapons violation for robbing, pistol-whipping, and firing one failed shot at a 71-year old tavern owner. Later on, he attempted to shoot the arresting officer. Sergeant Rourke survived the incident and had medical complications for the remainder of his life. He returned to the department in 1979, and left in 1980 due to his medical issues. In 1982, he returned to the CPD and was promoted to lieutenant, but went back on disability in 1986. Lt. Rourke retired in 1988. He died on September 7, 1992, at the age of 65, of cirrhosis of the liver which he developed as a result of the blood transfusions he received when he was wounded. Lieutenant Rourke’s funeral mass was held at St. Bede the Venerable Church. He is survived by his wife, Dolores “Dee”; two daughters, Linda and Susan; four sons, John, Daniel, Michael and Neal; his mother, Mae; a sister; and grandchildren.
Name: Goles, Willam E. Star: 4576 Memorial Panel #: 23 Rank: Detective District / Unit: Lawndale Station End of Watch: 19 January 1947 Incident Details: Detective William Goles, 34, was assigned to the Lawndale Station. On January 19, 1947, Officer William Goles was on duty with his temporary partner, Detective Clarance Mallon. The officers were called by the night watchman to the Garden City Brewery located in the 2100 block of South Albany Avenue. The watchman reported to the officers that he suspected an intruder was in the basement because the door was pried open. Detective Goles was positioned near the front door. Detective Mallon entered the facility when back-up arrived. Unbeknown to the officers, Detective Goles had entered the facility and was mistaken for the intruder. Detective Mallon stated, “I was two steps away when an office door opened about a foot. I saw part of a man’s head and part of a revolver. I thought it was the burglar and fired one shot at his head.” Detective Goles succumbed to his injuries. The incident was ruled an accident. Detective Goles was laid to rest in Bohemian National Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Vlasta, and children, Marilyn and Ronald.
Name: Flisk, Michael R. Star: 6962 Memorial Panel #: 15 Rank: Evidence Technician District / Unit: Forensic Services Division District End of Watch: 26 November 2010 Incident Details: Police Officer Michael Flisk, 46, was a 20-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Forensic Services Department.On November 26, 2010, Officer Michael Flisk was dispatched to the 8100 block of South Burnham Avenue to collect evidence from CHA Officer Stephen Peters’ vehicle. Peters’ customized mustang had been broken into and had its stereo equipment stolen. Officer Flisk was collecting fingerprint evidence from the vehicle when the offender, Timothy Herring, Jr., returned to the scene. In an effort to evade arrest, Herring told Peters that he knew who had broken into the vehicle. Peters replied that Officer Flisk had recovered fingerprints from the vehicle. Herring, a parolee, understood it would only be a matter of time before police traced the fingerprints back to him-through his previous arrest records. He was determined not to return to prison after having served a six-year prison sentence for armed robbery. Herring pretended to walk away when he removed his gun and shot both officers. He left the scene and attempted to discard the stolen radio equipment when he noticed one of the officers moving. He walked back to the officers and shot them again. Officer Flisk and Officer Peters, 44, died at the scene. Timothy Herring, Jr., 19, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Officer Flisk’s funeral mass was held at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Nora; children, Michael John, Timothy Joseph, Margaret, and Brian Patrick; parents, Kathryn and Michael Sr., (CFD); and siblings, Martin, Maureen (CPD), Sgt. Timothy Flisk (CPD), and Sgt. Meg Flisk (CPD). On June 26, 2015, Herring was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Michael Flisk and Stephen Peters.
Name: Lewis, Clifton P. Star: 4103 Memorial Panel #: 17 Rank: Police Officer District / Unit: 015 District End of Watch: 29 December 2011 Incident Details: Police Officer Clifton Lewis, 41, was an 8-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 015 District – Tactical Team. On the night of December 29, 2011, Officer Lewis was working his second job as a security guard at a convenience store on the 1200 block of North Austin Blvd. At approximately, 8:30 p.m., two masked men, Alexander Villa and Tyrone Clay entered the store with their guns drawn. A third man, Edgardo Colon, a parolee, acted as the getaway driver and lookout, as he waited in the car with a fourth accomplice. Officer Lewis announced he was a police officer, when one of the offenders climbed over the counter and used a Tech-9-style weapon to shoot Officer Lewis. Officer Lewis’ gun and $670 was taken from the cash register before the offenders fled to the getaway car. Officer Lewis succumbed to his injuries. Edgardo Colon, 36, and Tyrone Clay, 31, were charged with first-degree murder of a peace officer. Alexander Villa, 25, has been charged with first-degree murder of a peace officer, aggravated battery, and armed robbery. All three alleged gang members are being held without bond. Officer Lewis’ service weapon was eventually found in the home of Dimitri Mitchell, 19. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. Officer Lewis’ funeral mass was held at United Baptist Church and he was laid to rest in Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens. He is survived by his daughter, Simone; mother, Maxine; and fiancé, Latrice.
Name: Nauden, Paul W. Star: 10803 Memorial Panel #: 16 Rank: Police Officer District / Unit: Unit 189 District End of Watch: 20 May 2011 Incident Details: Police Officer Paul Nauden, 46, was a 21-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to Unit 189. On May 19, 2011, Officer Nauden was involved in an undercover narcotics investigation. During the investigation, he discreetly informed the other undercover officers that he had fallen ill. He withdrew himself in order not to jeopardize the safety of his fellow officers and the drug investigation in progress. He walked several blocks and flagged down a passing ambulance which then transported him to the hospital. Officer Nauden was treated for a heart attack and passed away early the following morning. The investigation Officer Nauden was involved in, yielded over a dozen arrests. Officer Nauden’s funeral service took place at House of Hope and he was laid to rest in Lincoln Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, April, and daughters, Alana and Avril.
Name: Bailey, Michael R. Star: 13970 Memorial Panel #: 10 Rank: Police Officer District / Unit: 001 District End of Watch: 18 July 2010 Incident Details: Police Officer Michael Bailey, 62, was a 20-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 001 District. On July 18, 2010, Officer Bailey was outside of his home shining his new Buick Regal, in the Park Manor. The officer was set to retire in a few weeks and purchased the vehicle as a gift to celebrate his upcoming retirement. At approximately 6:00 a.m., Officer Bailey returned to his home after working an overnight shift as part of the mayoral protection detail. As the officer cleaned his car in his driveway, Antwon Carter, a parolee, approached and shot him in an attempted car theft. Antwon Carter was charged with first-degree murder of a police officer, felony murder, and attempted armed robbery. At the time of his arrest, Carter was in prison serving a sentence on unrelated charges. Officer Bailey’s funeral mass was held at St. Sabina Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Pamela; son, Michael; daughter, Daniel; and grandchildren.
Name: Soderberg, Thor Star: 14767 Memorial Panel #: 9 Rank: Police Officer District / Unit: Education and Training Division District End of Watch: 07 July 2010 Incident Details: Police Officer Thor Soderberg, 43, was an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Education and Training Division. On July 7, 2010, Officer Soderberg participated in a weeklong police operation called Operation Protect Youth. The program was taking place in the Target Response Unit’s facility located at 6120 S. Racine Ave — former Englewood District Station. At approximately 3:45 p.m., Officer Soderberg finished his shift and proceeded to walk to his vehicle in the deployment’s parking lot. The officer was approached by Bryant Brewer, 24, and a physical altercation ensued. During the struggle, Brewer was able to disarm and fatally shoot Officer Soderberg. Then, Brewer stole his gun and left the officer to die. Moments later, Brewer opened fire in what appears to have been an attempted-armed robbery of a civilian. Officers heard the gunshots and ran out of the building where they discovered Brewer and exchanged gunfire with him. Brewer was wounded, but recovered. Officer Thor Soderberg died at the scene. Bryant Brewer has been charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting trial. Officer Soderberg’s memorial service was held in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago. The U.S. Army Veteran is survived by his wife, Jennifer; sisters, Diane and Vanessa; and his brother, Fred.
Name: Wortham, Thomas E. Star: 6181 Memorial Panel #: 8 Rank: Police Officer District / Unit: 007 District End of Watch: 20 May 2010 Incident Details: Officer Thomas E. Wortham IV was a 3-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 007 District. On May 19, 2010, Officer Wortham was off duty and visiting his parents’ home following a trip to Washington, D.C. for National Police Week. As he left the residence, Wortham was approached by four male offenders who attempted to rob him of his motorcycle. Wortham identified himself as a police officer and drew his service weapon as the offenders opened fire, striking the officer in the abdomen. The officer’s father, a retired Chicago police sergeant, witnessed the shooting and exchanged gunfire with the offenders, killing one and seriously wounding another. Officer Wortham was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. The three surviving offenders, Paris McGee, Toyius Taylor and Marcus Floyd, were arrested and charged with first-degree murder. They are currently awaiting trial. Officer Wortham had recently returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq while serving with the Wisconsin Army National Guard. He is survived by his parents, Carolyn and Thomas III, and sister, Sandra.
Name: Haymaker, Alan J. Star: 2532 Memorial Panel #: 1 Rank: Sergeant District / Unit: 023 District End of Watch: 22 February 2010 Incident Details: Sergeant Alan Haymaker, 56, was a 21-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 023 District. In the early morning hours of February 22, 2010, Sgt. Haymaker was dispatched to a burglary-in-progress. While driving southbound on Lake Shore Drive, he drove over a patch of ice and his vehicle veered off the road. His squad car jumped over a curb and struck a tree on Irving Park Avenue. He was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. His funeral service was held at St. Bethel Community Church and he was laid to rest in Maryhill Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; three daughters, Melina, Amanda, and Elyse; parents, Catherine and Harry (CPD); three brothers, and two sisters.
Name: Valadex, Alejandro Star: 9534 Memorial Panel #: 1 Rank: Police Officer District / Unit: 005 District End of Watch: 01 June 2009 Incident Details: Police Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez, 27, was a 3-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 007 District. Shortly after midnight, on June 1, 2009, Officer Valadez and his partner, Officer Thomas Vargas, responded to a shots fired call. When the officers arrived at the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue, the gunfire had ceased. Officer Valadez was questioning a man when a car marked with a bullet hole from the earlier shooting returned to the scene. The three men inside of the vehicle were determined to seek revenge. The driver, Kevin Walker, 25, positioned the vehicle as his passengers, Shawn Gaston, 24, and Christopher Harris, 24, aimed to shoot. Seconds later, both officers were on the ground. Officer Vargas was unharmed and stood-up to see his partner and friend bleeding. Officer Valadez had been shot twice. He was rushed to Stroger Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries in the afternoon. After the shooting, the three men parked their vehicle at 61st Street and Paulina Avenue and attended a party. A .357 magnum, .40 caliber gun, and a rifle were recovered from Kevin Walker’s trunk. Shawn Gaston was sentenced to serve 125 years in prison. Kevin Walker was sentenced to 120 years and Christopher Harris was sentenced to 105 years in prison. In 2010, the Valadez Law was enacted in memory of Officer Alejandro Valadez. The law mandates that any gang member found to be in the unlawful possession of a firearm must serve a prison sentence. Officer Valadez’s funeral mass was held at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Officer Valadez died prior to the birth of his son, Alex, Jr. He is survived by his fiancé, Christina Rodriguez; son, Alex, Jr.; his parents, and siblings.
Name: Airhart, Joseph M. Star: 20931 Memorial Panel #: 21 Rank: Detective District / Unit: CPD/FBI Violent Crimes Task Force End of Watch: 04 November 2008 Incident Details: det-joseph-airhart-20931-0-100 Name: Airhart Jr., Joseph M. Star: 20931 Rank: Detective District / Unit: CPD/FBI Violent Crimes Task Force End of Watch: 04-Nov-2008 Incident Details: Detective Joseph Airhart was a 19-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. On August 28, 2001, Detective Airhart was involved in a Chicago Police Department and FBI joint task force raid. Detective Airhart pretended to be a delivery man and knocked on the door of bank robbery suspect, Daniel Salley. Salley opened the door, but then attempted to slam it shut. Detective Airhart gained entrance and pursued Salley when the offender opened fire. Salley proceeded to take the wounded officer hostage for approximately two hours before surrendering. Detective Airhart was transported to Northwestern Hospital. The detective was in a coma for two months before he awoke. He was unable to speak or swallow food on his own again for the remainder of his life. Detective Airhart, 53, died on November 4, 2008. Daniel Salley was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison plus 132 years in prison. Detective Airhart’s funeral was held at Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago and he was laid to rest in Beverly Cemetery.
Name: Taylor, Nathaniel Star: 7322 Memorial Panel #: 20 Rank: Police Officer District / Unit: Organized Crime Division End of Watch: 28 September 2008 Incident Details: Nathaniel Taylor, Jr., 39, was a 14-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Organized Crime Division. On September 28, 2008, Officer Nathaniel Taylor, and his partner, Officer Lemornet Miller, were waiting outside of a home in the 7900 block of South Clyde Avenue in order to execute a search warrant. As the officers waited for Calumet Area narcotics officers to arrive, the owner of the home, Lamar Cooper, unexpectedly returned to his home. The officers radioed their superior that Cooper had arrived, and they were given permission to proceed and detain Cooper before he entered the home. Officer Taylor was approximately six feet away from Cooper’s open door window when he shouted, “Police. Put your hands up!” Cooper drew his weapon and shot Officer Taylor twice. Officer Miller returned gunfire and struck Cooper; he recovered. Officer Taylor was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he died of his gunshot wounds. Lamar Cooper, 40, was convicted of the first-degree murder of Officer Taylor and several narcotics charges. Cooper is ineligible for parole. The felon had previously been convicted of the attempted murder of a police officer for which he had only served six-years in prison. Officer Taylor’s funeral mass was held at St. Bede the Venerable Church and he was laid to rest in Lincoln Cemetery. He is survived by his daughter, Naomi.