Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 1 year, 7 months, 22 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Traffic Division
District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central
Cause of Death: Struck - By Vehicle
Age at Time of Death: 30
Date of Birth: 05 Mar 1900
Date of Appointment: 11 Feb 1929
Date of Incident: 02 Oct 1930
End of Watch: 02 Oct 1930
Date of Interment: 06 Oct 1930
Cemetery: Montrose Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case:
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 20
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall:
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall:
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.
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 Department homicide file not found for this incident.