Bartholomew  Cavanaugh  | Star #Unknown

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 10 years, 0 months, 10 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 2, 4th Precinct - Cottage Grove

District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central

Location of Occurrence: 22nd Street and Indiana Avenue

Cause of Death: Fall - Down Staircase

Age at Time of Death: 42


Date of Birth: 25 May 1856

Date of Appointment: 1888

Date of Incident: 15 Dec 1898

End of Watch: 15 Dec 1898

Date of Interment: 11 May 1834


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave --, Lot 544, Block --, Section 32
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-10

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 13

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 5, Line 5

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Bartholomew Cavanaugh, Star # Unknown, aged 42 years, was a 10 year, 0 month, 10 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 2, 4th Precinct – Cottage Grove.

On December 15, 1898, Officer Cavanaugh was investigating a burglary in a building located at the corner of 22nd Street and Indiana Avenue. He had believed the burglars still to be in the building. While investigating, he went to the rear of the building, while inside an areaway he stumbled and fell down a stair case. He sustained a broken neck and fractured skull as a result of the fall and was found unconscious a short time later by two other police officers. Officer Cavanaugh was transported to Mercy Hospital, but died before arriving.

Officer Cavanaugh was waked at his residence located at No. 3548 5th Avenue (present day 3548 South Wells Street). He was laid to rest on December 18, 1898 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave –, Lot 544, Block –, Section 32.

Patrolman Bartholomew Cavanaugh, born on May 25, 1856, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 5, 1888.

Officer Cavanaugh was survived by his wife, Anne and four children.

Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database case not found for this incident.

On July 17, 2018, Officer Cavanaugh’s star was retired by Superintendent of Police Eddie T. Johnson and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.