Cemetery: St. Joseph Cemetery - River Grove, Illinois Grave Location: Unknown Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # C-5
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 6
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 37
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 17-W: 7
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: U.S. Navy
Incident & Biographic Details
Patrolman Stanley Leon Bobosky, Star #1446, aged 40 years, was a 12 year, 4 month, 26 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Motorcycle Division, detailed to the State Attorney’s Special Detail on Automobile Thievery headquartered at the Warren Avenue Station.
On July 6, 1934, at approximately 12:25 a.m., Officer Bobosky and his partner, Patrolman Richard Zimmerman, were in uniform and working a special assignment to combat auto thefts. Auto thefts, at the time, had become an urban issue reaching all-time highs. While on patrol the officers spotted a V-8 Ford sedan, which was missing its license plates, with three youths inside. At Lake Street and Western Avenue, the officers came to a stop at a red light. While stopped under the elevated tracks Officer Babosky exited the squad car and approached the youth’s vehicle. He asked “Who owns this car?” placing one of his feet on the running board of the car. Just as he placed his foot on the running board, the driver drew a revolver and shot Bobosky in the abdomen. The bandits then made good their escape. Officer Zimmerman rushed his partner to Washington Boulevard Hospital at 12:30 a.m. Upon arrival, doctors determined the bullet had passed through his left side and exited the right side causing a mortal wound. Officer Bobosky succumbed to his wounds three hours later at 3:30 a.m. All three suspects remain unidentified.
Officer Bobosky was laid to rest on July 9, 1934 in St. Joseph Cemetery, 3100 North Thatcher Avenue, River Grove, Illinois.
Patrolman Stanley Leon Bobosky, born May, 12 1894, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 10, 1922.
Officer Bobosky served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from May 8, 1918 through February 23, 1919, was a veteran of World War I and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Seaman 2nd Class. He was survived by his wife, Madeline (nee Sehr), age 39 and children: Dorothy Carol, age 4 and Robert, age 10.