Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 2 years, 10 months, 0 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Motorcycle Section
District of Incident (Present Day): 008 - Chicago Lawn
Cause of Death: Crash - Motorcycle (Pursuit)
Age at Time of Death: 33
Date of Birth: 29 Oct 1897
Date of Appointment: 18 Feb 1928
Date of Incident: 28 Dec 1928
End of Watch: 18 Dec 1930
Date of Interment: 22 Dec 1930
Cemetery: Mount Carmel Cemetery - Hillside, Illinois
Grave Location: Grave 7 in 8, Lot 23, Block 9, Section F
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # C-2
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 5
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 5, Line 19
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 15-E: 28
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Raymond John Kavanagh, Star #12755, aged 33 years, was a 2 year, 10 month, 0 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Motorcycle Section.
On December 28, 1928, at 7:40 p.m., Officer Kavanagh was riding his police motorcycle when he spotted a speeding vehicle. The officer was in pursuit of the vehicle Southbound on Western Avenue when he struck a curb, at 6624 North Western Avenue, and lost control of his motorcycle. Officer Kavanagh suffered multiple fractures including a skull fracture and was transported to Swedish Covenant Hospital. He survived the incident but was unconscious for 18 days after. Patrolman Kavanagh recovered from the crash and returned to work, however he developed a permanent side effect. He began to suffer from seizures as a result of the crash. Two years later, he underwent brain surgery at Billings Hospital at the University of Chicago to help alleviate the seizures. Officer Kavanagh died during surgery at Billings Hospital on December 18, 1930.
Officer Kavanagh was waked at his residence located at 1635 North Mayfield Avenue. His funeral mass was held at St. Angela Catholic Church located at 5758 West Potomac Avenue. He was laid to rest on December 22, 1930 in Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 7 in 8, Lot 23, Block 9, Section F.
Patrolman Raymond John Kavanagh, born October 29, 1897, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 18, 1928. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career.
Officer Kavanagh was a member of the Chicago Policemen’s Benevolent & Welfare Association. He was survived by his wife, Kathryn (nee Magee), age 29; children: Edward Raymond, age 4 and Jeanne Marie, age 7; mother, Ellen (nee Ryan) and siblings: James, Margaret and Marie.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department Case #AW-12755.
On March 2, 2010, Officer Kavanagh’s star was retired by Superintendent Jody P. Weis and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.