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Family history photos: GRASSY, ROTH, MESS, DISKIN, MELIA, BRACEY, GRANT, PIERCE.
Ancestry traces back to Austria-Hungary, Ireland, Scotland.

Patrick Melia

Patrick Melia

Patrick immigrated from County Galway, Ireland in the early 1900's. He became a police officer in Chicago where he was killed, 27 April 1910, while on duty by a band of thugs.

There is a memorial to slain officers, Superintendent's Honored Star Case, located in the lobby of Chicago Police Headquarters at 3510 South Michigan Avenue. Patrick's police badge is displayed in a case. You can see the dents from the shotgun pellets.

In 2005, Gold Star Families Memorial and Park broke ground. Located between Soldier Field and Burnham Harbor is a five-acre site being transformed into an impressive memorial to fallen police officers of Chicago. There will be a grove of 420 trees to honor the 420 officers killed in the line of duty since 1854 and a serpentine path of said trees leading to an inner portion where a wall lists each officer's name.