Sergeant Alan Haymaker Chicago Police Department Illinois

Sergeant Alan Haymaker
Chicago Police Department

End of Watch: Monday, February 22, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 56
Tour of Duty: 21 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Monday, February 22, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Sergeant Alan Haymaker was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a burglary in progress call shortly before 5:15 am. His patrol car left the road and struck a tree on Lake Shore Drive, near Irving Park Road.

He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Sergeant Haymaker had served with the Chicago Police Department for 21 years and was assigned to the Town Hall District.

Agency Contact Information
Chicago Police Department
3510 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653

Phone: (312) 746-6000

Please contact the Chicago Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Chicago Breaking News Center

Icy conditions are being blamed for an accident that killed a Chicago police sergeant as he headed south on Lake Shore Drive this morning, answering a call about a burglary, police say.

Alan Haymaker, 56, was on his way to the scene of a burglary at an electronics firm and was taking the Irving Park exit when he lost control around 5 a.m. and hit a pole and tree, pinning him in his squad car, said Asst. Police Supt. James Jackson.

“Icy road conditions were a factor,” Jackson said. “Words cannot express the sorrow we feel at his loss.”

He had been assigned to the Town Hall District since 2009 and had been on the force for 21 years, police said. His grandfather, father and uncle were also Chicago police officers.

Haymaker  was pronounced dead at 7:33 a.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Outside the hospital, at about 9:45 a.m., about two dozen officers saluted as Haymaker’s body was carried out to Ambulance No. 6, followed by his three daughters and a son-in-law.

The ambulance was escorted to the morgue by about a dozen unmarked police cars carrying executive staff and commanders who had worked with him over the years.

The officer’s family was in shock this morning as they struggled to come to terms with his death. Family and neighbors at his Portage Park neighborhood described him as a kind man.

“He always had a smile on his face,” said his brother-in-law Ron Vogelpohl, of Wheaton. “He was a friendly guy and deep thinker.” He was also an avid guitar player who loved classic rock.

This weekend the family was supposed to celebrate Haymaker’s oldest daughter’s birthday.

Before he became a cop, he was an assistant pastor of an evangelical church in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. He had attended the Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical University.

“He had a career change and it became a life career,” Vogelpohl said. “He knew his job was dangerous, but he didn’t fear death. He was at peace with God.”

Vogelpohl liked to call his brother-in-law the pastor police.

“He loved people,” Vogelpohl said. “It didn’t matter to him who you were. He cared about prostitutes and treated them as human beings.”

It’s ironic, Vogelpohl said, that after so many years working in the Austin District — which has a high crime rate — that Haymaker would be killed in a car accident on Lake Shore Drive.

“He loved being a cop,” Vogelpohl said. “He was proud of being a cop. I admired him.”

Barb Welch has known Haymaker and his family since they moved into the Portage Park neighborhood more than 20 years ago.

“He will be missed,” said Welch, who got a call from the family at the hospital.

Haymaker was active in his church and was “very devoted to his family, his God and his job.” His three daughters range in age from 16 to 25.

“He is a very good guy, a very godly man. It will be a great loss,” Welch said. “He was a very serious man and God was a part of his life, he tried to help people who he came in contact with all the time. He was a very good man.”

Whenever Haymaker spoke about his job, he understood the dangers but he didn’t let it stop him from helping people, Welch said. She said she was not surprised to find out he died answering a call.

“He gave his all for everything,” she said. “He was a very serious man. He will be missed… It is a shame, it really is.”

Haymaker was headed to the scene of a burglary at Consolidated Communications, 3167 N. Clark, police said. The window had been smashed and electronics taken.

The accident occurred at 5:06 a.m. and police closed all four southbound lanes, forcing traffic off at the Irving Park exit. As of 6:45 a.m., all but one lane had been reopened.

Carlos Sadovi, Annie Sweeney, Duaa Eldeib, and Daarel Burnette II


1 Response to “Sergeant Alan Haymaker Chicago Police Department Illinois”

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