Joseph Francis Ives  | Star #1254

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 1 year, 7 months, 22 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Traffic Division (TD)

District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central

Location of Occurrence: 230 West Lower Wacker Drive

Cause of Death: Struck - By Vehicle

Age at Time of Death: 30


Date of Birth: 05 Mar 1900

Date of Appointment: 1929

Date of Incident: 02 Oct 1930

End of Watch: 02 Oct 1930

Date of Interment: 11 May 1834


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Montrose Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
 Grave Location: Unknown
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 20

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed



 Military Service: No Military Record Found


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Gilbert P. Wilson, Star #1624, aged 30 years, was a 1 year, 8 month, 22 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Traffic Division (TD).

On October 2, 1930, at 1:55 p.m., Officer Wilson had just begun his tour of duty and was riding his police horse on the lower level of Wacker Drive at LaSalle Street. Suddenly his mount reared after becoming startled from the sound of a passing city garbage truck and trailer. Officer Wilson was thrown from the horse and fell under a passing truck carrying three trailers. The officer was unable to move out of the way and was run over by the truck. Officer Wilson died at the scene.

On October 3, 1930, the driver of the truck was exonerated by the Coroner.

Officer Wilson was laid to rest on October 6, 1930 in Montrose Cemetery, 5400 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Gilbert P. Wilson, born March 5, 1900, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 11, 1929.

Officer Wilson was survived by his wife, Hellen (nee Duebner) and son, Kenneth, age 9.

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