Joseph  Palczynski Sr. | Star #Unknown

Death Classification: Performance of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 49 years, 7 months, 9 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Detective Bureau (DB)

District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central

Location of Occurrence: 1121 South State Street

Cause of Death: Illness - Cardiac Arrest

Age at Time of Death: 73


Date of Birth: 21 Jun 1861

Date of Appointment: 1885

Date of Incident: 05 Mar 1935

End of Watch: 05 Mar 1935

Date of Interment: 11 May 1834


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Oakridge Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave 1, Lot 487, Section 15
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 25

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Captain Joseph Palczynski, Sr., Star # DNA, aged 73 years, was a 49 year, 7 month, 9 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, unit of assigned to the Detective Bureau.

On March 5, 1935, Captain Palczynski was on duty working in the Women’s Court room at 1121 South State Street. A riot broke out in the courtroom he was working in. During the melee, Captain Palczynski pushed into the crowd in an attempt to restore the peace. While doing so, he suffered a fatal heart attack and was shoved to the floor and pummeled by several offenders. He was then carried into the judge’s chambers and later pronounced dead on the scene. No charges were filed in connection with Captain Palczynski’s death.

Captain Palczynski was waked at his residence located at 1025 North Sacramento Avenue, his funeral mass was also held in his residence. He was laid to rest on March 8, 1935 in Oakridge Cemetery, 4301 West Roosevelt Road, Hillside, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 1, Lot 487, Section 15.

Captain Joseph Palczynski, Sr., born June 29, 1861, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 24, 1885 and was issued Star #. On September 14, 1893, he was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. On May 31, 1895, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Following his promotion to Lieutenant the police Department was brought under the Civil Service and on March 21, 1898 he was reduced in rank to Patrolman and issued Star # Unknown. On March 14, 1908, he was once again promoted to the rank of Lieutenant under the Civil Service. On October 6, 1925, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. Prior to February 28, 1935, Captains’ and Lieutenants’ were not issued star numbers. He earned 5 Credible Mentions during his career.

Captain Palczynski was survived by his wife, Tillie (nee Myk), age 68; children: Charles W., age 41, Edward (CPD), Helen, age 51, Joseph, Jr., age 49, Walter, William Gregory, age 47; siblings: Anastasia Kallas, Josephine Przybylska, Julia Kornecki and Maximillian, grandchildren: Arthur, Edward, Joseph, Lucille, Mary and Walter and great-grandchild: Arthur. He was preceded in death by his parents.