Unit of Assignment / Detail: Mounted Police Division
District of Incident (Present Day): 001 - Central
Cause of Death: Crash - Automobile
Age at Time of Death: Unknown
Date of Birth:
Date of Appointment:
Date of Incident: 09 Nov 1936
End of Watch: 09 Nov 1936
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 Teddy, was a 15 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Mounted Police Division.
On November 9, 1936, at 5:55 p.m., Police Horse Teddy and his partner, Patrolman Andrew Gregerson, were on patrol in the west loop. On Van Buren Street near Clark Street Officer Gregerson dismounted Teddy to inspect a car. The two officers were scheduled to assemble with other mounted patrol officers at Madison and Wells Streets at 6:10 p.m. for their return to the police stables located at 252 East Illinois Street. After Officer Gregerson dismounted Teddy, he suddenly ran west to Wells Street and then turned north. Pedestrians scrambled to move out of Teddy’s way as he ran by. In the commotion Teddy ran past the assembly point. At Randolph and Wells Streets, Teddy ran into a new car driven by John A. Sternberg and sustained severe injuries to himself. As a result of the injuries, Police Horse Teddy had to be put down. It was unknown as to why Teddy ran off.
Police Horse Teddy was survived by his handler, Patrolman Andrew Gregerson.