During his four decades on the force, Lt. Arthur R. Bischoff arrested many criminals and delivered several babies.
The Chicago native enlisted in the Air Force at the start of the Korean War. He trained as a mechanic and played football at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida before shipping off to Japan and Korea. Upon his return to the states in 1957, he joined the Chicago Police Department.
As a rookie, Bischoff worked the patrol wagon, transporting criminals and handling standard police calls. It was during those early years that he helped deliver five babies, either at their homes or in the back of the wagon, when the mothers couldn’t get to the hospital in time.
In the 1960s, Bischoff joined the city’s first tactical unit as a plainclothes officer. He arrested pickpockets and robbers downtown, stopped jumpers from committing suicide and helped maintain order during the demonstrations outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention. When the protests turned violent, the police began tossing tear gas into the streets and beating protestors and reporters. Bischoff was charged with hitting Chicago Sun-Times photographer Duane R. Hall, but a jury later acquitted him. Before retiring in 1996, he escorted dignitaries as part of the traffic division and served as the acting commander of the mass transit unit.
Bischoff died on June 18 of a blood clot on the brain. He was 72.