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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

Cause of Death: Struck - By Vehicle

Age at Time of Death: Unknown


Date of Birth:

Date of Appointment:

Date of Incident: 27 Jul 1943

End of Watch: 27 Jul 1943

Date of Interment:


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Not Interred - Other
 Grave Location: Does Not Apply
 Interment Disposition: Cremated


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case:

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall:

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall:

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall:

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.