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List of Officers who have served the Village of River Forest.
 

Police Personnel Alphabetical

 

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#146 Franklin William Ahrens DOB: 1923 (US Army 1942-46, Purple Heart) EOD 9/15/49 (1817 S. Harlem, Berwyn) SGT: 9/1/56 LT: 7/1/61 (or 6/1/62) Chief : 1/1/64 RET: 9/15/74 (to Venice FL) DOD: 4/26/98

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 #153 William Richard Anstrand, DOB: 1940 EOD: 8/1/69 DSB: 8/11/87 (Colorado)

Harry Auspice, Chief “short term” (late teens) (1)

Charles M. Atkinson, DOB: 5/1/1864 DOD: 12/31, (retired captain of CPD)RES: 410 Franklin appointed Chief: 1925  RSG:1928 (to Lakeworth, FL, Justice of Peace) (1)(4)(M)

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#165 William J. Bailey, DOB: 1925 EOD: 5/1/49 RES: Lombard SGT: 8/1/65 RET: 1/31/74 DOD: 7/29/90

 

#156 Carl William Bangert, DOB: 1927 EOD: 1/15/53 RES: 11 Keystone SGT: 6/1/62 LT: 8/1/65 RET: 8/1/75 DOD: 5/3/83 (Son Lawrence-RFFD)

#151 John Bagby DOB: 1939 EOD: 1/1/64 RES: Oak Park RSG: 3/15/70 (or 2/1/70 or 5/15/70)(truck driver, Mt Prospect FD)

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#152 James Michael Barstatis  DOB: 1938 EOD: 9/16/63 RES: Elmwood Park SGT: 10/16/73 LT: 8/2/75 RET: 12/31/96 (US Navy 58-61)

#141 Raymond Bauer, DOB: 1926 EOD: 6/1/48 RET: 1/31/69 (Tucson, AZ)

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#171 August William Bernahl III, DOB: 1950 EOD: 3/1/78 RES Oak Park RET: 6/23/2000(Franklin Pk PD ORD Off.)

#158 Albert Jack Berry, DOB: 1924 EOD: 8/1/51 RES: Bellwood SGT: 10/1/68 LT: 7/75 (after he was chief) Chief: 8/74 RET: 1/31/78 (Winnetka) DOD: 3/25/05

#165 Roger Bevan, DOB: 1941 (former Chgo Officer) EOD: 12/1/67 RES: 420 Thatcher RSG: 11/9/71 (by request)

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#159 William Thomas Blasco, DOB: 1939  EOD: 11/1/62 RES: 300 Blk Ashland Ave. SGT: 3/1/78 DSB: 5/24/88 (Mich & Virgin Isle)

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#168 Harold Henry Blesy DOB: 1944  (US Coast Guard)EOD: 1/9/67 RES: Western Springs SGT: 9/15/74 LT: 3/1/78 RET: 11/1/94 (designed and implemented 1980’s dispatch center)(M)

Joseph I. Bopp, (former Mt. Prospect PD Deputy Chief); EOD(appointed Chief): 7/29/87 RES: Mt. Prospect RSG: 5/15/98 (So. Carolina)DOD: 1/2004 (Original choice: Carl Johnson of Conn. Who was offered $5K more but declined)

#130 Frank S. Bramhall, DOB: 1901 EOD: 11/30/25 RES: 213 Ashland SGT: 7/1/29 (2) LT: 1950 or 1955 RET: 8/1/65 DOD: 9/13/93

 (12/29 founding member of FOP; 1/27/65 hearing scheduled before Commission which was canceled because of forthcoming retirement)                                    

#132 Charles William Broehl, DOB:1905 EOD: 3/29/29 RES: 7542 Adams, Forest Park RET: 4/15/49 DOD: 12/18/80 SON: Charles, LT, FPPD

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#137 Sidney Carne, EOD: 1928 DIS: 3/10/29*

#135 Robert E. Carr, EOD: 1928 DIS: 1/27/40 (founding member of FOP)

#170 Laurence Eugene Christofaro, DOB: 1939 (former desk clerk, Maywood PD) EOD: 10/1/68 RES: Forest Park (did not complete probation) DIS: 9/28/69 (USMC)

#157 James Coakley, DOB: 1937 EOD: 6/13/60 RES: Melrose Pk. RSG: 6/2367 (to CCSP)

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as Lieutenant, Nicholas M. Coscino

#160 Joseph Cobl, Jr DOB: 1936 EOD: RES: Oak Park RSG: 8/6/59 (didn’t care for police work)

 

#167 Nicholas Martin Coscino, DOB: 1934 EOD: 1/9/67 RES: Elmwood Pk SGT:8/15/74 LT: 7/16/77 Chief: 2/18/78 DSB: 9/1/87 Converted to RET: 9/1/87 DOD: 6/25/09 (Sheriff’s Posse, Maricopa County, AZ)(M)

Tom Curran (Could this be Gearing and/or Kearin?) Chief “Short term” (late teens) (1)

 

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#165 Ronald W. Dibbern, DOB: 1939 EOD: 8/2/65 RES: 847 William RSG: 11/11/67

 (or 11/18/67)(to FBI)

Harold E. Doty, unknown as when he served (mentioned in 1948 pension board meets)

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#175 Dennis Michael Farrell, DOB: 1949 EOD: 8/15/73 RES: Forest Pk. RSG: 6/30/83 (Lawyer)

 

 

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#151 Robert Willard Ford, DOB: 1947 EOD: 6/1/70 RES: Oak Park, Brookfield SGT: 8/2/75 RET: 6/1/97 (Calif. then back to IL, security)(Father, Willard R. Ford was OPPD Deputy Chief)

#173 Claude Franke, DOB: 1943 EOD: 2/16/73 RES: Maywood RSG: 11/30/74 (Bolingbrook PD; Burr Ridge PD-Acting Chief)

#164 Robert Fredenburg, EOD: 6/19/46 RSG: 9/8/47

William Frieberg, DOB: 1925  (erroneously reported: Appointed Chief 1924-25) (1)

Spelled as “Freiberg” and has sergeant star in roll-of-honor case (2-5/9/30): He was probably a desk sergeant

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#146 Louis John Galassi

T. P. Gearing, appointed Chief 1912(?) served “several years” (1)

#137 Bernard Fred Gerard Jr., DOB: 1906 EOD: 4/1/29 RES: moved to RF in 1918 from Maywood SGT: 1/17/46 LT: 4/1/47 Chief: 9/1/54 RET: 12/31/63 (Chief of Twin Lakes, Wisc.)(Dep Coroner Kenosha Co. Wisc.)DOD: 9/12/85(picked up Jake (the Barber) Factor in 1933(?) sensational kidnapping case/ SA Police Dan Gilbert accused him of collusion (2)(4)(5)(M)

#152 Norman William Goodman, DOB: 1917 (was desk operator for over a year)EOD: 10/15/47 RES: Maywood, Elmhurst SGT: 11/1/59 RET: 7/15/69 DOD: 8/27/76 (WWII Bataan death march survivor)

###Kendra Gorman, EOD: 1989 (first female officer(9)

Roy Goss, Chief “short term” (late teens) (1)

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#146 Richard Allen Gray, DOB: 1947 EOD: 2/1/69 RES: Chgo, Melrose Pk & 339 Park Ave SGT: 7/16/77 RET: 6/1/97 (Sandwich, IL)

#139 Walter Edward Gray, DOB: 11/14/1899 (US Army)EOD: 1/2/25 RES: Maywood/722 Monroe DIS: 10/16/44 (Founding member of FOP 12/29) (Lost left leg and one eye when 3 sticks of dynamite were hooked to car ignition 4/3/40, 11:41 pm, a $1000 reward was offered but no one was ever arrested; came back to duty as (police officer) desk operator)(4)(Intoxicated in Cicero bar-shot and  injured 3 persons-during scuffle one victim tore his badge off 10/12/44)(7)(fined $1000 and jail for one year-discharged w/o pension)(6-8/15/46) (4)

#159 Joseph Guderian, DOB: 1933 EOD: 7/1/60 RSG: 9/30/62 (Pharmasist)

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#153 Jerimiah Frank Healey, DOB: 1933 EOD:5/16/63 RES: Oak Park, Bellwood & 300 Blk Forest SGT: 7/15/69 RSG: 9/28/73 (was accused & not charged in traffic-stop improprieties) (Sawyer, Mich. Roofer) DOD: 5/25/02 Son: David is Chgo PD Officer

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Det. B.M.Higgins

#177 Bruce Michael Higgins, DOB:______EOD: 9/01/74 RES: Lombard SGT: 9/1/95 LT: 1/14/2000 RET: 9/3/03 (Lake Havasu City, AZ)

Michael A. Holub
appointed Chief 10/98

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#156 William Kent Ingle, DOB: 12/05/07 (or 9/15/07) was radio engineer for police dept 19??-37; desk operator 7/15/37-5/1/38, EOD: 5/1/38 RES: Oak Park/ 1531 Bonnie Brae  PTLM: 12/1/40 SGT:1/15/53 DSB: 7/30/59 Converted: 1/1/61 Sued pension board over disputed length of service and board settles- 1/65) DOD: 3/31/69(Designed and built first and subsequent radio system)(WWII-loaned to Strategic Services to do research-electronics)(Police-photography pioneer) (Designed pistol range)(Inventor-patent for grounding marine radios)(2)(3)(4)(6)

#176 Richard Alan Iverson, DOB: 2/4/48 EOD: 8/15/73 RES: Villa Park RSG: 1/31/81

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#179 Robert Jandrisits, DOB: 4/1/52 EOD: 9/1/74

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#163 James Katsantones, DOB: 12/22/47 EOD: 9/15/76 DOR: 12/15/99

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Thomas. P. Kearin (could this be Curran?), Chief for two years between 1910-1917(2)

#151 John Raymond Kessler Sr., DOB: 12/1/18 EOD: 5/15/53 RES: Northlake SGT: 1/1/64 LT: 12/1/68 RET: 7/15/77

#151 Gordon Koesche, DOB: 11/26/26 EOD: 10/1/49 RSG: 4/1/53 (Didn’t care for police work became carpenter)

James Kunst, d. 1921 or 1922, 906 Jackson, policeman 1905-1910; was appointed the first Chief in 1910 (1)(obit for his wife says he was chief for 18 years)(2-11/7/30)(must be an error-could he have “served” for 18 years-1905-1922???)

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Frank W. Laatz, 923 Thatcher, constable; Police Chief: 1919 RSG: 1924; police magistrate 1924-? (1)

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#157 Charles Lahey, DOD: 12/22/43 EOD: 12/1/67 RES: 500 Blk Thatcher

DSB: 5/11/91

#???Daniel Lapicola DOB:9/15/20 EOD: 3/1/47 RSG: 6/6/49 (Franklin Pk PD)(Possible badge #146 or #151

#154 James Ronald Lietz, DOB:9/10/35 EOD: 9/23/57 RES: 127 Keystone RET: 3/20/79 DOD: 7/28/99 ( leave of absence to US Army 10/58-10/60)(retired during a pending  shoplifting matter)(Calif- Post Office)(4)

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#151 Gary Linden, DOB: 11/10/52  EOD: 10/16/78

#152 & #129 Robert E. Loftus  DOB: 9/27/35 EOD: 5/21/60 RES: Forest Pk.,

(wanted to opt out of pension plan-denied 6/28/62) RSG: 9/15/63 (to Calif) (re-entered dept & received new badge #129) 2ndEOD: 4/15/64 (or 1/15/64) Tavern brawl injury-skull fracture 3/11/66 DSB: 1/15/67 (shot himself in stomach 1968) (Oklahoma)

DOD 4/30/90

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#173  Michael Lombardi, DOB: 1/31/48 EOD: 9/15/76 RET: 5/1/2000

#129 James V. Lynch, DOB:1/11/37 EOD: 9/1/59 RES: RF, RSG: 4/1/64 (Calif)(Harry O’Brien reports that Lynch ended up on 'skid-row' 12/86)

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#169 James Patrick Maher, DOB: 8/6/47 EOD: 2/16/73 RES: Oakbrook Terrace SGT: 3/1/78 LT: ? Acting Chief; 7/15/87-7/20/87 RET: 12/27/99(Horse farmer & wood working, Virginia)

#129 Otto Edward Malm, EOD: 9/19/28 RES: 43 Park DIS: 3/10/29* (RFFD)

DOD: 10/30/30 (2)(4)(M)

#154 Ralph Ernest Marsh, DOB: 10/18/11 EOD: 11/16/46 RES: Oak Park SGT: 7/15/57 LT: 1/1/64 RET: 12/1/68 (DOD: 3/6/89 (4)

#162 Richard Martin, DOB: 10/16/22 EOD: 6/1/46 RSG: 2/10/51 (private industry)(4)

#152 Ronald E. Miller, DOB: 4/3/35 EOD: 9/1/59 RES: Berwyn RSG: 2/12/60 (by agreement)

John Morrison, early policeman (duties also included changing carbons in arc lights at intersections each day, pay = $65 month, 1890’s) (1)

Walter Murphy, early policeman (1)

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#165 Arthur John Neault, DOB: 7/17/43 EOD: 10/23/72 RES: 80?? Lake  RET: 5/6/95 (Florida)

#129 Edward J. Nendick, EOD: 3/19/29 RSG(?): 6/1/29

#164 Oliver William Nicholas, DOB: 11/10/16 EOD: 8/1/48 (or 8/10) RES: Westchester RET: 9/30/68 (Oregon) DOD: 9/8/84 (Attempted suicide w/handgun in 1970’s)(M)

Harold F. Niles, DOB: 5/30/02 EOD: 6/20/34 (or 6/15/34) RSG: 3/15/43 (invented lighted clip-board which became manufactured by Ward Co. and used by US Army Air Corps.)

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#158  Ronald Novak, DOB: 9/18/45 EOD: 9/1/77 RET: 9/15/97

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#160 Harry Joseph O’Brien III, DOB: 1/6/38 EOD: 1/16/61 RES: 347 Franklin DSB: 7/17/75 (Cook Co. States Attorney Office)(DuPage Co. Public Defender’s Office)

### Brendon O’Loughlin, DOB:1/5/65 EOD: 7/11/88 DSB: 12/1/98

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James Pake, policeman 1894-? (1)

#162 Fred Theodore Pienkos, DOB: 11/13/25 EOD: 2/17/51 RES: 7759 Lake

& 339 Park RET: 3/1/72 (Carpentry-Lombard) DOD:9/808

Herman Pingel policeman (was on duty in 1905) (1)

#??? Fred D. Pellett, (was mentioned in police pension notes that he died)(6-7/53)

#130 Mathew Edwin Petersen, DOB: 5/19/06 EOD: 4/8/29 PHT: 1945 SGT: 9/54 RET: 8/31/56 DOD: 4/18/57 (Calif)(was listed in Forest Leaves as Edward and Peterson) (Founding member of FOP 12/29)

#147 Howard F. Pugh, DOB: 6/12/11 EOD:10/23/41 (was granted six month leave-but didn’t return) RSG: 7/15/47 (Medical Supply Business on Madison and Ashland)

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#129 Neil Randall, (former RF fireman and US Army)EOD: 6/22/29 DIS: 12/31 (was dismissed after hearing on charges of ?)

#138 George F. Rauch, DOB: 10/14/1893 (former US Army and Forest Park Policeman) EOD: 5/17/27 RES: 7776 Central PHT: ’29 SGT: 7/1/29 PHT: 5/30 PHT: ’45 DOD: 11/30/45-while on the dept (founding member of FOP)(shoots himself in the foot, loosing a toe,  during explanation of how he dispatched a dog) (2-’32) (wife, Helen served on Pension Board until 1958) 

#166 Richard Adolph Rehmer, DOB: 9/23/16 EOD: 4/15/49 DSB: 4/1/63 DOD 10/1/63     ( prior to his DSB a Dr. Green was threatening to bring charges against Rich regarding allegations of adulterous behavior involving the doctor’s wife)

#??? Herbert Reilly, EOD: 2/2/25 SGT: 3/2/29(?) DIS: 3/10/29 *

#??? Ray Rheingruber, DOB: 8/26/1897/EOD: 12/14/25 RES: 7965 Lake St PHT: ’29 SGT: 1929 (prob March) LT: 7/1/29 (1st Lieutenant on the RFPD)(2-7/6/29) PHT: ‘30 & ‘45 RET: 12/31/47 DOD: 9/3/61 ( also township constable)(2-2/13/31)(Founding VP of FOP) (1) (was “Steward” on train in So. Carolina and was injured but survived a train wreck there) (2-4/21/53)

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#132 Edward Samuel, EOD: ? DIS: 3/10/29* (truck driver for RF Forestry Dept. and desk relief)(2-4/25/30)

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#146 Richard Marvin Samuel, DOB: 11/19/30 EOD: 6/1/57 SGT: 12/1/68 LT: 3/1/71 Dep CHF: 9/74-2/78 Acting CHF: 11/77-2/78 & 2/86-9/86 Temp CHF: 9/86-12/86 CHF: 12/8/86-7/20/87 RET: 9/27/87 (brother was Maywood PD Chief)

#146 Robert T. Sanders, DOB: 1929 EOD: 3/1/57 (did not complete probation) DIS: 6/1/57

#175 Roy James Sansone, DOB: 9/29/61 EOD: 6/16/87 RES: Forest Park (did not complete probation) DIS: 1/22/88

#161 Frank Joseph Sasgen, DOB: 2/11/16 Desk Clerk 3/15/43- 6/46 (US Army-10/43-11/44) EOD: 6/1/46 (was not approved fit for duty by pension board physician-and was assigned to desk duty-until 1/10/47)(6) requested pensioned retirement on 8/1/66 but was denied until RSG: 2/1/67(6)  DOD: 6/22/92 

#171 Ilario Nello Saviano, DOB: 7/10/77 EOD: 12/1/68 RES: 76?? Washington RSG; 3/28/76 (8)

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#174 & 168 Charles Albert Schauer, DOB: 3/24/49 EOD: 6/1/72 RES: Oak Park RSG: 7/7/76 was an Oak Park Officer for two years then re-entered RFPD: 7/16/ 78 RES: Elmwood Park RET: 6/9/96 (CPD-Crime Lab)

 #169 Robert August Schiefelbein, DOB: 2/25/33 (was former US Marines & Forest Park Officer) EOD: 10/1/68 RES: Melrose Park DIS: 8/22/72 (called in sick/was found drinking in a tavern)(6) DOD: ?

#168 & 169Michael Theo Schimmel, DOB: 10/7/54 EOD: 9/15/76 RES: Forest Park RSG: 5/31/78 (was Broadview Police Officer for a short time then re-entered: 3/1/81

DIS/RSG: 11/28/81

#172 Michael Edward Schoenbeck, DOB:11/14/88 (former Brookfield Reserve PO) EOD: 10/16/69 DIS: 4/4/77 (wife-Patricia was crossing guard) (Schoenbeck was discharged after a hearing regarding his association with an under-aged girl)

Arthur F. Schoff, was appointed Chief - May, 1912

#160 Frank J. Schoff, DOB: 11/8/11 EOD: 2/23/40 RES: Forest Av SGT: 7/15/51 LT: 7/15/57 RET: 2/28/71 (Florida)(son-Oak Park PD detective) DOD: 7/16/87

#133 William Schroeder, EOD: 1924(?) DOD: 9/7/28 (Schroeder and a RF Firemen were killed in a plane crash. Plane was piloted by Chief Soderlin.

#136 Oliver Ernst Schultz, DOB 12/17/03 EOD: 3/29/29 PHT: 5/30 & ’45 RET: 4/15/49 (Wisconsin) DOD: 11/4/71 (Founding member of FOP)

### Anthony Shustar

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#156 Thomas Smith  DOB: 11/6/36  EOD 7/16/62 RES: Oak Park & Brookfield RET: 7/16/92

Carl William Soderlin, DOB: 6/6/01 EOD: 8/5/20 (started as motorcycle officer-dept consisted of  2 m/c officers and the chief and at that time uniform was only worn for dress occasion) RES: 132 Lathrop & 348 Franklin SGT: 1925 CHF: 1928 PHT ’29, 30 & ’45 RET: 9/1/54 DOD: 8/22/89 (“Chief, Captain & Superintendent”)[Founding President FOP, Pres of Illinois Chiefs, mem of International Chiefs & in charge of Medina (Shriner) Police Unit](2)  also township constable (1) (M)

#158 Orlo Melvin Stensby, DOB: 2/25/03 EOD: 4/1/38 (worked for Village of RF since 7/1/36)(6) RES: 339 Ashland SGT: ?? LT: 9/54 RET: 6/1/62 DOD: 4/23/80                          

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#135 George Frederick Strauch, DOB: 10/23/22 (1943-46 US Army-was German POW-after severely wounded. He claimed that one of their doctors, saw his German name, and saved his life)(4)(8)EOD: 10/1/54 RES: 707 Woodbine SGT: 3/1/71 RET: 11/15/77 (returned as dispatcher:#195 12/16/81) DOD: 6/10/92 (Father, Arthur Strauch, was a long-time crossing guard)

 

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#154 Charles F. Ulbrich, DOB: 7/27/16 (was former RF Fireman) EOD: 11/27/44 RSG (by agreement) 9/15/45

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#178 Robert Victor, DOB: 11/20/52 EOD: 9/1/74

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#126 Paul Ware, EOD: 8/1/28 DIS: 3/10/29 *

#172 Robert Earl Warnock, DOB: 8/25/61 EOD: 3/16/87

#128(?) Leslie A. Watson, DOB: 3/10/1900 EOD: 11/13/28 RES: 35 Franklin PHT: “29,  ’30 SGT:? (’35-’41) PHT: ‘45 LT: ? (47-50) RET: 6/30/52 (Florida) DOD 7/8/79 (Founding member of FOP)

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#167  Thomas Weiglein, DOB:7/8/50 EOD: 9/15/76 RET: 4/3/2000

#152 Joseph J. Welch, DOB: 3/26/07 EOD: 7/1/31 RES: 7318 Lake SGT: 4/1/47 LT: 3/3/51 RET: 7/15/57 (Forest Pk bank guard) DOD: 11/18/91

#163 Arthur P. Willing, DOB: 8/6/18 (former WWII, US Army Captain-Bronze Star & Purple Heart also RF fireman) EOD: 6/1/46 RES: 715 Monroe SGT: 5/1/63 RET: 9/30/68 Pioneer Bank Guard, Chgo) DOD: 6/24/87  

(Mrs.) Blanche Willing, 7510 Quick, police matron, assistant village clerk (1)

C. A. Wilmarth or Wilmeroth d.1905, policeman: 1889-1905 (1)(“officer”)(2-5&6/04)

(Constable late 1870s)(9)

#138 Charles A. Wilson, DOB: 4/2/1900 (WWI vet)EOD: 7/3/29 RES: 225 South Franklin PHT: 5/30 & ‘45 RET: 7/5/51 DOD: 2/1/57 (founding member of FOP)

 

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#170 Roger Allan Zawacki, DOB: 9/10/49 EOD: 6/12/72 SGT: ? RET: ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DESK- Desk Sergeant, Switchboard Operator, Dispatcher

 

Walter C. Allen, 338 Ashland (“special” crossing guard) #131 EOD: 2/2/31 RSG: aft 1945 (Allen was a State Figure Skating Champion and professional roller skater)(2)

Clarence Becker, PHT: 1929 RES: Forest Park (“Switch Board Operator” for 2 years between 1925-28)(2-1/11/30) (Private Watchman, north end of River Forest)(2-10/17/30)(“stripped of private watchman’s star for DC and intox”)(2-3/27/31)(back on job)(2-10/23/31)

#139 Walter Edward Gray, DOB: 11/14/1899 EOD: 1/2/25 RES: Maywood/722 Monroe DIS: 10/16/44 (Founding member of FOP 12/29) (Lost left leg and one eye when 3 sticks of dynamite were hooked to car ignition 4/30/40; came back to duty as (police officer) desk operator)(4)(Intoxicated in Cicero bar-shot and  injured 3 persons-during scuffle one victim tore his badge off 10/12/44)(7)(fined $1000 and jail for one year-discharged w/o pension)(6-8/15/46)(US ARMY)(4)

Roy L, (Walter) Leininger, former Moody Bible Institute Student EOD: 1925(?)RSG: 1/25/31 (veterinarian-Oak Park Animal Clinic)

William L. Peterson, EOD: 1925(?) PHT: 1929 RSG(“left”): 7/6/31 (“midnight switchboard operator”) (trustees criticize Village President, Baunrucker, for “discharging” Peterson, who then declares trustees: out-of-order)(2-7/17/31)(Peterson graduates, with honors, from Chicago College of Dental Surgery)(2-6/24/32)

 #129 Lawrence P. Reedy,  EOD: 5/1/33 “Desk Sgt” RSG: 9/27/39 (Participated with officer’s at state shooting meets)(2-1937)

#161 Frank Joseph Sasgen, DOB: 2/11/16 Desk Clerk 3/15/43- 6/46 (US Army-10/43-11/44) EOD: 6/1/46 (was not approved fit for duty by pension board physician-and was assigned to desk duty-until 1/10/47)(6) requested pensioned retirement on 8/1/66 but was denied until RSG: 2/1/67(6)  DOD: 6/22/92

Charles W. Shoemaker, EOD: 4/28/30 “Desk Sgt”  RES: 542 Forest  

#195 George Frederick Strauch, DOB: 10/23/22 (1943-46 US Army-was German POW-after severely wounded. He claimed that one of their doctors, saw his German name, and saved his life)(4)(8)EOD: 10/1/54 Star #135 RES: 707 Woodbine SGT: 3/1/71 RET: 11/15/77 (returned as dispatcher:#195 12/16/81) DOD: 6/10/92 (Father, Arthur Strauch, was a long-time crossing guard)

#127 Edward H. Utes, DOB: 1877(?) (former special officer- Forest Park PD for 30 years) EOD: 2/14/29 “Desk Sgt” PHT: ‘29 (last day): 4/8/30 DOD 4/19/30

 

MISC:

Benjamin Schock, Physician report: unfit for duty(6-1/16/47)

Ueterson, “officer” (2-3/27/31) (possibly Utes??)

Wilmeroth “officer” mentioned more than once

 

*          Five officers were dismissed by executive session of the River Forest Village Board on March 10, 1929. Version 1) they entered a bar in Melrose Park (or Franklin Pk.)and were told that they couldn’t enter with loaded guns. They said OK and emptied their sidearms by discharging them. Version 2) A black janitor entered the bar around closing time to clean-up and one of the five asked if he could dance and all the guns went off. Version 3) is that after the bar incident they went back to River Forest, heard that there was a prowler at 625 Franklin (3/3/29) and responded and shot up (an imaginary) burglar. Fired were: Herb Reilly, Ed Samuel, Ed Mahm, Sid Carne and Paul Ware. Hired were: Ed Peterson, Ed Nendick, Charles Broehl, Bern Gerard and Oliver Schultz.(2)(8)

            Oak Leaves reports that State Police Officers supplemented the depleted River Forest Police Dept for a period of time(2-3/30/29)          

 

 

(1) History of River Forest, Hall, 1938, (Pub 1937)

(2) Oak Leaves Newspaper Clipping

(3) Letter to RF Village and Pension board from Ingle (7-24-57)

(4) Dept Files

(5) Chicago Crime Book by Halper (1967)

(6) Pension Board Minutes/notes

(7) Chicago Tribune

(8) police department lore

(9) History of RFPD By Rutz (1990)

 
 
 
Key to abbreviations:
 
DOB=date of birth
DOD=date of death
DSB=disability
EOD=entered on duty
PHT=(department) photo
RES=residence
RET=retirement
RSG=resignation

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