Death Classification: Canine / Equine Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 6 months, 21 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Bureau of Patrol - Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 - Mounted Unit
District of Incident (Present Day): 003 - Grand Crossing
Cause of Death: Electrocuted
Age at Time of Death: 13
Date of Birth:
Date of Appointment: 15 Nov 1996
Date of Incident: 06 Jun 1997
End of Watch: 06 Jun 1997
Date of Interment:
Cemetery: Not Interred - Other
Grave Location: Does Not Apply
Interment Disposition: Cremated
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 Speed, aged 13 years, was a 6 month, 21 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Patrol – Patrol Group A, Special Functions Group: Unit 055 – Mounted Unit.
On June 6, 1997, Police Horse Speed and his partner were on duty at the South Shore Country Club located at 7059 South Shore Drive. While on the beach Speed stepped on a buried power line and was electrocuted by a short circuit in the power line. Speeds partner was able to dismount as speed collapsed and died within minutes of being shocked. Speed’s partner was also shocked; but he survived the incident with minor injury. The diagnosis of his death was electrocution.
Police Equine Speed received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 15, 1996.
Police Horse Speed was survived by his handler.
Incident Recorded under Chicago Police Department RD #B343766.