Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Park District Police Department

Served: Length of Service Unknown

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Motorcycle Division

District of Incident (Present Day): 004 - South Chicago

Location of Occurrence: 2400 block of East 84th Street

Cause of Death: Fall - Thrown from Motorcycle

Age at Time of Death: 34

Timeline


Date of Birth: 20 Jan 1901

Date of Appointment:

Date of Incident: 08 Oct 1935

End of Watch: 08 Oct 1935

Date of Interment: 11 May 1834

 

Interment Details


 Cemetery: Waldheim Cemetery - Forest Park, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial

 

Memorial Details


Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-1

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 11

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 3, Line 39

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 13-W: 11

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed

 

Service


 Military Service: No Military Record Found

 

Incident & Biographic Details


Park Policeman Joseph Klocek, Star #400, aged 34 years, was a veteran of the Chicago Park District Police Department, assigned to the Motorcycle Division.

On October 8, 1935, Officer Klocek was riding his police motorcycle on 84th Street between Yates and Phillips Avenues when he hit a loose stone causing the motorcycle to skid out of control.

The officer was thrown from the motorcycle and landing on the pavement. Klocek sustained serious injuries which resulted in his death. Children, on their way to Coles Elementary School, witnessed Officer Klocek’s tragic accident as it happened.

Officer Klocek was laid to rest on October 11, 1935 in Waldheim Cemetery, 1400 Des Plaines Avenue, Forest Park, Illinois.

Park Policeman Joseph Klocek, born on January 20, 1901, was appointed to the South Park Police Department. He was laterally transferred to the Chicago Park District Police Department upon the consolidation of park districts on May 1, 1934.

Officer Klocek was survived by his wife, Esther (nee Muschinski), age 27 and daughter, Shirley Josephine, age 7.

The Chicago Park District Police Department, in the City of Chicago, was disbanded on December 31, 1957. On January 1, 1958, the remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Police Department through an intergovernmental agreement. Fallen Officer of the Chicago Park District Police Department are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers. Their stars are displayed in the Honored Star Case located in the lobby of the Chicago Police Department at 3510 South Michigan Avenue.