Joseph Francis Ives  | Star #1254

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 6 years, 10 months, 3 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 33rd District - Irving Park

District of Incident (Present Day): 025 - Grand Central

Location of Occurrence: 7000 West Grand Avenue

Cause of Death: Crash - Motorcycle (Pursuit)

Age at Time of Death: 32


Date of Birth: 02 May 1897

Date of Appointment: 1922

Date of Incident: 31 Aug 1929

End of Watch: 31 Aug 1929

Date of Interment: 11 May 1834


Interment Details

 Cemetery: St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery - Niles, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave 1, Lot 1105, Block --, Section 18
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 5

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: U.S. Army


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Frank Aloysius Sedlack, Star #1304, aged 32 years, was a 6 year, 10 month, 3 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 33rd District – Irving Park.

On August 31, 1929, Officer Sedlack, while on motorcycle duty, was pursuing a speeder west on Grand Avenue and collided with another automobile at Sayre Avenue. He sustained a fractured skull and internal injuries in the crash. Officer Sedlack was taken to Keystone Hospital where he died later the same day.

The driver of the vehicle Officer Sedlack struck, Roy Larson, age 20, was released after being questioned. The driver of the speeding vehicle escaped.

Officer Sedlack was waked at his residence located at 3639 West Wolfram Street. His funeral mass was held at Basilica of St. Hyacinth located at 3636 West Wolfram Street. He was laid to rest on September 4, 1929 in St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, 6800 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 1, Lot 1105, Block –, Section 18.

Patrolman Frank Aloysius Sedlack, born May 2, 1897, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on October 28, 1922. He earned 1 Credible Mention and 1 Extra Compensation for Meritorious Conduct totaling $120.00 during his career.

Officer Sedlack served in the U.S. Army from April 28th, 1917 thru August 14th, 1919 in Headquarters Troop, 2nd Division, was a veteran of World War I and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Private 1st Class. He was also a member of the Chicago Policemen’s Benevolent & Welfare Association and Apollo Tent No. 63 Maccabees. Officer Sedlack was survived by his wife, Victoria H. (nee Suwalski, age 30; daughter, Elaine, age 4; father, Matthew C. and siblings: Emily, John and Rose Martnek.

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