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

Location of Occurrence: Location Unknown

Cause of Death: Illness - Blood Poisoning

Age at Time of Death: 38


Date of Birth: 1853

Date of Appointment: 1888

Date of Incident: 20 Mar 1891

End of Watch: 27 Mar 1891

Date of Interment: 11 May 1834


Interment Details

 Cemetery: St. James at Sag Bridge Cemetery - Lemont, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave --, Lot 54, Block --, Section E
 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: Not Listed

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Frank E. Williams, Star # Unknown, aged 38 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 which resulted in blood poisening. One week later, on March 27, 1891, at 2:00 a.m., 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 waked at his residence located at No. 3126 Lowe Avenue (present day 3126 South Lowe Avenue), his funeral mass was also held at his residence. He was laid to rest on March 30, 1891 in St. James at Sag Bridge Cemetery, 10600 South Archer Avenue, Lemont, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave –, Lot 54, Block –, Section E.

Officer Frank E. Williams, born in 1853, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 23, 1888.

Officer Williams was survived by his wife, Maggie (nee Cavanaugh) and four children.

Chicago Police Department homicide file / death record 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.