Kazimer J. Wistert  | Star #247

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 21 years, 2 months, 5 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: District 32 - North Robey

District of Incident (Present Day): 019 - Town Hall

Location of Occurrence: 2204-06 West Wilson Avenue

Cause of Death: Gunfire - Enemy

Age at Time of Death: 50


Date of Birth: 22 Dec 1876

Date of Appointment: 1906

Date of Incident: 10 Jul 1926

End of Watch: 07 Jun 1927

Date of Interment: 11 May 1834


Interment Details

 Cemetery: St. Joseph Cemetery - River Grove, Illinois
 Grave Location: Grave 9, Lot --, Block 3, Section D
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-10

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 20

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 19

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 14-W: 14

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed



 Military Service: U.S. Army


Incident & Biographic Details

Sergeant Kazimer J. Wistert, Star #247, aged 50 years, was a 21 year, 2 month, 5 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to District 32 – North Robey.

On July 10, 1926, at 3:25 a.m., Sergeant Wistert was approached by a citizen who identified a man on the street who was in the process of committing a robbery. Sergeant Wistert raced to the scene where he frustrated the robbery causing the offender to flee on foot. Wistert followed the suspect into a building located at 2204-06 West Wilson Avenue. After entering the building, Sergeant Wistert had discovered the offender had climbed a flight of stairs and was on the landing. The armed offender suddenly turned around and fired a revolver, striking Sergeant Wistert in the chest before fleeing. Sergeant Wistert was rushed to Ravenswood Hospital where he lingered for almost a year before succumbing to his injuries on June 7, 1927.

On July 8, 1927, the arrest of the unknown assailant was recommended by the Coroner. The offender is still at large.

Sergeant Wistert was laid to rest on June 10, 1927 in St. Joseph Cemetery, 3100 North Thatcher Avenue, River Grove, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave 9, Lot –, Block 3, Section D.

Sergeant Kazimer J. Wistert, born December 22, 1876, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on April 2, 1906 and was issued Star #3087. On January 10, 1920, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and issued Star #247.

Sergeant Wistert served in the U.S. Army from December 22, 1898 thru December 28, 1901 in Company G, 4th Infantry, was a veteran of the Spanish American War and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Private. He was survived by his wife, Josephine (nee Szukis) and four children: Son, Francis Alexander.

Incident recorded under Chicago Police Historical Homicide Database, Case #9324.