Joseph Francis Ives  | Star #1254

Death Classification: Performance of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 2 years, 11 months. 4 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 3, 6th Precinct - Thirty-Fifth Street

District of Incident (Present Day): 009 - Deering

Cause of Death: Illness - Blood Poisoning

Age at Time of Death: 37


Date of Birth: 27 Jan 1905

Date of Appointment: 23 Apr 1888

Date of Incident: 20 Mar 1891

End of Watch: 27 Mar 1891

Date of Interment:


Interment Details

 Cemetery: St. James at Sag Bridge Cemetery - Lemont, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-9

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 19

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall:

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall:

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Frank E. Williams, Star # Unknown, aged 37 years, was a 2 year, 11 month, 4 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the District 3, 6th Precinct – Thirty-Fifth Street.

On approximately March 20, 1891, Officer Williams pursued a thief down a dark alley. During the incident he sustained an injury to his knee. One week later, on March 27, 1891, he died at his home located at No. 3126 Lowe Avenue (present day 3126 South Lowe Avenue). His cause of death was ruled fatal blood poisoning resulting from the knee injury.

Officer Williams was laid to rest in St. James at Sag Bridge Cemetery, 10600 South Archer Avenue, Lemont, Illinois.

Officer Frank E. Williams, born in 1854, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 23, 1888.

Officer Williams was survived by his wife and four children.

Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.

On June 25, 2013, Officer Williams’ 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.