Joseph Francis Ives  | Star #1254

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 8 years, 4 months, 19 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Motorcycle Division

District of Incident (Present Day): 016 - Jefferson Park

Location of Occurrence: Rosedale Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue

Cause of Death: Crash - Motorcycle (Pursuit)

Age at Time of Death: 33


Date of Birth: 15 Aug 1899

Date of Appointment: 1924

Date of Incident: 27 Sep 1932

End of Watch: 27 Sep 1932

Date of Interment: 11 May 1834


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery - Evanston, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave --, Lot 17, Block 1, Section B
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 24

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 4, Line 48

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 13-W: 19

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: U.S. Army


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Richard John Keogh, Star #1538, aged 33 years, was an 8 year, 4 month, 19 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Motorcycle Division.

On September 27, 1932, Officer Keogh was attempting to stop a traffic violator at the intersection of Rosedale and Milwaukee Avenues. Another vehicle driven by John Kostak, while driving at a high speed, crashed into Officer Keogh’s motorcycle. Officer Keogh sustained serious injuries in the motorcycle accident. He was transported to Belmont Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving on September 27, 1932. Kostak was taken into custody by responding officers.

Officer Keogh was waked at a chapel located at 2114 West Irving Park Road. His funeral mass was held at St. Benedict Parish Church located at 2215 West Irving Park Road. He was laid to rest on September 30, 1932 in Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. His grave is located 4th from the South line Rear in Lot 17, Block 1, Section B.

Patrolman Richard John Keogh, born August 15, 1899, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on May 8, 1924. He earned 1 Credible Mention during his career.

Officer Keogh served in the U.S. Army from October 20, 1918 thru January 2, 1919 in Company B, 308th Battalion and the 137th Tank Corps, was a veteran of World War I and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Sergeant. He was survived by his wife, Loretta (nee Heidelmeir), age 30 and children: Dorothy, age 9 and Richard, age 8.