Death Classification: Canine / Equine Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: Length of Service Unknown
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Mounted Police Division
District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central
Location of Occurrence: 255 South Canal Street
Cause of Death: Struck - By Vehicle
Age at Time of Death: Unknwn
Date of Birth:
Date of Appointment:
Date of Incident: 27 Jul 1943
End of Watch: 27 Jul 1943
Date of Interment: 11 May 1834
Cemetery: Not Interred - Other
Grave Location: Does Not Apply
Interment Disposition: Cremated
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Memorialized
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed
Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed
Military Service: Did Not Serve
Incident & Biographic Details
Police Equine Elsie was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Mounted Police Division.
On July 27, 1943, Police Horse Elsie and her partner, Patrolman Harold Hansen, were at Union Station, in front of the Canal Street entrance, at their regular post. George N. Dengler had parked his car alongside the curb and went into the station to purchase railroad tickets. His car was not in park and began to roll. As Police Horse Elsie stood facing the Canal Street entrance with Officer Hansen beside her, the driverless car began to roll away from the curb and struck Police Horse Elsie from behind. Police Horse Elsie sustained a compound fracture to her right hind leg. As a result of the injuries, Police Horse Elsie had to be put down. Captain David Flynn delivered the fatal shot and wept as he administered it.
George N. Dengler was arrested and charged with improper parking and damage to city property.
Police Horse Elsie was survived by her handler, Patrolman Harold Hansen.