Joseph Francis Ives  | Star #1254

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 1 year, 3 months, 0 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 28th District - Austin

District of Incident (Present Day): 015 - Austin

Location of Occurrence: Chicago Avenue and Lavergne Avenue

Cause of Death: Crash - Motorcycle

Age at Time of Death: 31


Date of Birth: 23 Jul 1896

Date of Appointment: 19 Nov 1926

Date of Incident: 25 Jan 1928

End of Watch: 19 Feb 1928

Date of Interment: 21 Feb 1928


Interment Details

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


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 17

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 Peter Peterson, Star #563, aged 31 years, was a 1 year, 3 month, 0 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 28th District – Austin.

On January 25, 1928, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Officer Peterson was riding his police motorcycle with his partner, Patrolman Dennis Egan, seated in the sidecar. They were traveling Westbound on Chicago Avenue. As the officers approached the intersection of Chicago and Lavergne Avenues they collided with an Eastbound passenger automobile driven by Henry A. Smith The auto made a sudden left turn onto northbound Lavergne Avenue cutting off the officers. Officer Peterson was severely injured and Officer Egan sustained severe bruising. Officer Peterson was taken to St. Ann Hospital where doctors attempted to treat his external injuries. He lingered in the hospital for 25 days before succumbing to his injuries on February 19, 1928.

Henry Smith was held pending a Coroner’s Inquest after the crash. Officer Peterson’s death was declared accidental during Coroner’s inquest and Smith was released.

Officer Peterson was waked at his parent’s residence located at 5801 West Bernice Avenue. His funeral mass was held at Irving Park Gospel Hall located at 5614 West Dakin Street. He was laid to rest on February 21, 1928 in Mount Olive Cemetery, 3800 North Narragansett Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Peter Peterson, born July 23, 1896, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 19, 1926.

Officer Peterson was survived by his wife, Helen (nee Nolden); parents: Anton, Sr. and Maria (nee Miller)and siblings: Anton, Jr., Christine Soreneen, Marie Greenberg and Mrs. Hede.

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