Death Classification: Performance of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 29 years, 11 months, 10 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: 31st District - Cragin
District of Incident (Present Day): 025 - Grand Central
Cause of Death: Illness - Pneumonia
Age at Time of Death: 55
Date of Birth: 25 Nov 1896
Date of Appointment: 07 Jun 1922
Date of Incident: 01 Oct 1950
End of Watch: 17 May 1952
Date of Interment: 21 May 1952
Cemetery: Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
Grave Location: Grave 4, Lot SS22, Block 3, Section 22
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-9
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 5
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 4, Line 40
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Inclusion Request Declined
Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed
Military Service: Canadian Army
Incident & Biographic Details
Detective Martin James Moylan, Sr., Star #1112, aged 55 years, was a 29 year, 11 month, 10 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 28th District – Austin Stolen Auto Detail.
In October, 1950, Detective Moylan was directing traffic on Austin and Wabansia Avenues after an accident involving two trucks when he was struck by another automobile. Detective Moylan sustained severe injuries in the crash. His leg was broken in five places, his ankle bone was cracked and his skull was fractured. After the accident he never completely recovered from his injuries and never returned to work. Nearly two years later Detective Moylan’s back was bothering him so he went to St. Anne Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital with back pains and developed pneumonia while in the hospital. He was discharged and went home. Detective Moylan later returned to St. Anne Hospital and was pronounced dead three weeks after he was discharged on May 17, 1952. His death was linked to the pneumonia and the injuries he sustained 19 months earlier.
Detective Moylan was waked at his residence located at 1425 North Parkside Avenue. His funeral mass was held at St. Angela Catholic Church located at 5758 West Potomac Avenue. He was laid to rest on May 21, 1952 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 4, Lot SS22, Block 3, Section 22.
Detective Martin James Moylan, Sr., born November 25, 1896, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 7, 1922. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career. Detective Moylan also served in the Cragin, Maxwell and Stockyards stations during his career.
Detective Moylan served in the Canadian Army in a regiment of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, was a veteran of World War II and was Honorably Discharged. He was also a member of the Chicago Police Post No. 207 American Legion, Chicago Policemen’s Benevolent & Welfare Association, Hennepin-Shields Council No. 967 Knights of Columbus. Detective Moylan was survived by his wife, Margaret M. (nee Conroy), age 52; children: Juliann, age 21, Marguerite and Martin James, Jr., age 24; siblings: Bryan A., Grace R. Fleming, Jerome Edmund, John, Julia Agnes Luebke, Julian and Margaret I. McCann and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Ellen Long, age 3; parents: Grace Regina (nee Campion) and Patrick and Sister, Mary E.
Paperwork for inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Fund (NLEOMF) was submitted in July 2016 by the Chicago Police Department. On December 20, 2016 the Chicago Police Department received word that the NLEOMF did not approve Officer Moylan’s name for inclusion on their wall as a “ Line of Duty“ death. NLEOMF stated the circumstances of Officer Jackson’s death did not meet their criteria for inclusion.
On June 25, 2013, Detective Moylan’s star was retired by Superintendent Garry McCarthy and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.