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Name: Flisk, Michael R.
Star: 6962
Memorial Panel #: 15
Rank: Evidence Technician
District / Unit: Forensic Services Division District
End of Watch: 26 November 2010
Incident Details: Police Officer Michael Flisk, 46, was a 20-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Forensic Services Department.On November 26, 2010, Officer Michael Flisk was dispatched to the 8100 block of South Burnham Avenue to collect evidence from CHA Officer Stephen Peters’ vehicle. Peters’ customized mustang had been broken into and had its stereo equipment stolen. Officer Flisk was collecting fingerprint evidence from the vehicle when the offender, Timothy Herring, Jr., returned to the scene. In an effort to evade arrest, Herring told Peters that he knew who had broken into the vehicle. Peters replied that Officer Flisk had recovered fingerprints from the vehicle. Herring, a parolee, understood it would only be a matter of time before police traced the fingerprints back to him-through his previous arrest records. He was determined not to return to prison after having served a six-year prison sentence for armed robbery. Herring pretended to walk away when he removed his gun and shot both officers. He left the scene and attempted to discard the stolen radio equipment when he noticed one of the officers moving. He walked back to the officers and shot them again. Officer Flisk and Officer Peters, 44, died at the scene. Timothy Herring, Jr., 19, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Officer Flisk’s funeral mass was held at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Nora; children, Michael John, Timothy Joseph, Margaret, and Brian Patrick; parents, Kathryn and Michael Sr., (CFD); and siblings, Martin, Maureen (CPD), Sgt. Timothy Flisk (CPD), and Sgt. Meg Flisk (CPD). On June 26, 2015, Herring was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Michael Flisk and Stephen Peters.

9 Comments

  • RIP

  • Never Forgotten

  • As I stand at my locker each day, I say a prayer as I reach out and place my hand on the blue Memorial Ribbon we tapped to your empty locker, and I know that I will never ride alone again as an ET. Thanks Mike for showing me the right way to do the job and for being a great friend, co-worker and exemplary family man. I will never forget your smile, laugh, off the wall humor and love of the Irish Music. I, as all of us on second watch, miss you more than one can imagine. We WILL NEVER FORGET YOU, OR YOUR FAMILY!!! May the good Lord hold you tightly in the palm of his hand, and may perpetual light shine upon you and all of the CPD Heavens Gate Honor Guard. May you rest in eternal peace my friend and may God Bless your Family.

  • Mike, you were one of the best there ever was. Thanks for being there when we needed you most.

  • May the Good Lord welcome you home and may your family find strength and peace in Him. We honor your name and we will never forget your sacrifice.

    St Paul MN Police Officer

  • Sorry for this tragedy, I’m sure your husband or dad was a great man. I send my condolences fellow LEO.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You have made the ultimate sacrifice and you will never be forgotten brother in blue.

  • My deepest sympathy to the family and freinds of Officer Flisk. The loss of a brother police officer is always felt by all in “Our Brotherhood”.
    Brad Collins
    Deputy Sheriff (Retired)
    Macon County IL Sheriffs’ Dept.

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-12-01 21:27.

    It’s not what you take with you but what you leave behind that counts. R.I.P. MIKE

    Submitted by Irene Godinez on Wed, 2010-12-01 17:33.

    God Bless you and family ….you are loved deeply…

    Truly,
    Irene and family

    Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-12-01 15:35.

    I think its horrible that this men go out to protect us and people can take them forgranted but everyone in life will pay for what they do. Now and the end of this life. But those who do good deeds will never go unrewarded. Its ashame that people have no regards for human life. May god be with his family because now they have to live without there love one for someones stupidity

    Submitted by DJB on Wed, 2010-12-01 15:17.

    Dear Flisk family and friends:

    My condolences for your loss. Officer Flisk sounded like such a wonderful person. I can’t stop thinking about how senseless the actions of the offender were. I will keep you in my thoughts.

    Submitted by jason zak on Wed, 2010-12-01 00:43.

    another fine officer lost to a pointless crime you will never be forgotten and thank you for your services and to all the cpd who do a great job and that are actual police men and woman

    Submitted by Dwayne Bragiel #3842 on Tue, 2010-11-30 16:03.

    I was assigned an aggravated battery in Hyde Park about 2 or 3 months ago. Mike was the E.T. assigned. It was one of them “this isn’t going anywhere” type of jobs. I knew it, the Sergeant knew it and the minute Mike pulled up and got out I believe he knew it. He’s standing there silently with his camera, he looks at 2 shoes spread out in the parking lot, a few drops of blood, like from a paper cut, a cigarette lighter and a crack pipe. He looks at me with a total straight face and says, “What grand caper do we have here?” I bust out laughing and said, “Brother you and me are on the same page.” We ended up chatting long after I was done with what I had to do and long after what he had to do. Just stood and chatted about our kids, neighborhoods, the city, our job. He was good people. God Bless you Mike. May you forever rest in peace.

    Submitted by Sgt. Michael P. M… on Tue, 2010-11-30 15:21.

    Mike,
    May God bless you and your family. I’ve heard nothing but the best of things about you. Please get together with the rest of our heroes and look out for the rest of us down here.
    God Bless you and your’s always…

    Submitted by Karon Gibson/Outs… on Tue, 2010-11-30 12:00.

    Another hero lost to us and gained in heaven…

    Submitted by Sgt. Eleanor Collins on Tue, 2010-11-30 10:19.

    To the Family: You are in our prayers. May the Peace of God comfort you during this time of bereavement. I am saddened by yet another senseless act of violence that has snuffed out the shining light of another Chicago Police Family Member I mourn with you.

    Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2010-11-29 23:42.

    I am a retired Chicago Policeman . I am so sorry to hear of the untimely death of Officer Flisk . Deepest sympathy to his family .

    Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2010-11-29 22:26.

    God Bless and Keep You

    Submitted by Kenneth Koperski,… on Mon, 2010-11-29 22:07.

    May God give peace and healing to the family,fellow officers and friends of Officer Flisk. His senseless death while serving the citizens of his city tears at the hearts of all law abiding citizens. May he rest in peace.

    Submitted by Rich Free on Mon, 2010-11-29 20:46.

    My prayers and sympathy go out to Officer Flisk’s family and friends, and to the men and women of the Chicago Police Department. You will not be forgotten Brother!

    Submitted by Robert Pienta on Mon, 2010-11-29 20:30.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Michael, may God bless you in this time of grief…Michael is a hero to us all…

    Submitted by P.O. Jim Riley on Mon, 2010-11-29 19:11.

    Once again another loss within our police family. My prayers are with you. RIP my Brother.

    Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2010-11-29 18:20.

    I am truly sorry and sad to hear of such a horrible tragedy. We are a big family and make sure cops are leaning on cops to get through the rough time. May god bless his family and department, Sounds like a great and dedicated Police officer.

    Submitted by Bob and Becky Hue… on Mon, 2010-11-29 17:18.

    We are so saddened to hear of the loss of your Officer Michael Flisk. Officer Flisk is a hero who gave his life for the City he loved and the citizens of Chicago. As retired officers from Toledo Police Division, we know the dangers that an officer faces daily. We always pray that all officers come home after their daily tour. Sadly, that is not always the case. Please know that are hearts ache for your loss. Our prayers are with his wife, children and family. If there is anything we can do for you, your family or the Chicago Police Department, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are all brothers and sisters in blue and in God’s hands.

    Submitted by Niles Police Depa… on Mon, 2010-11-29 15:14.

    Chief Strzelecki, his staff and officers of the Niles Police Department stand with our brothers and sisters of CPD in your time of need. We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Our prayers and condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Flisk. Godspeed.

    Submitted by c. ly on Mon, 2010-11-29 12:25.

    My condolences…may God be with you.

    Submitted by Retired Chicago P… on Mon, 2010-11-29 12:09.

    Our hearts and prayers go out to Officer Michael Flisk and his family, may God smile upon your face.

    Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2010-11-29 10:22.

    Condolences and deepest sympathy on this tragic loss. May God bless and keep the Flisk family strong during this difficult time.

    Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2010-11-29 08:58.

    Mike you were a true friend and police officer, you did your job without hesitation and with great commitment. Rest in the Hands of Our Lord. GOD BLESS YOU.

    Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2010-11-29 08:35.

    God Speed ahead brother….You will not be forgotten.
    Prayers to your family.

    Submitted by Jon H. on Mon, 2010-11-29 07:06.

    My deepest condolences and prayers to the family of ET Mike FLISK.
    I only new Mike FLSIK from the job and he was the ET you wanted to process your crime scene. He knew his job and always gave a full effort. His professionalism and skill led to many arrests and convictions.

    God speed

    Submitted by harry callahan on Mon, 2010-11-29 00:41.

    To the people of Chicago,how many people die in your line of work,just doing their job.May God bless all the families and watch over and keep safe the police officers of the world.May all the officers who had their life taken, just doing their job for the people of this city, rest in peace.

    Submitted by Chas W Salvatore on Sun, 2010-11-28 22:51.

    Words can not express my sadness over the loss of your husband and father. Michael must have been a great person. EVERYONE who talked about him kept on saying, “What a great person he was”. Good enough for me. Keep this thought in mind, he may be gone from this world but he is alive in your hearts and mind. Michael will be there forever. May God bless his soul and may he find every lasting peace. May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace.

    Submitted by Martha DePriest on Sun, 2010-11-28 20:19.

    I did not know you, but like you I was also a Police Officer now retired. In doing your job you responded to a call not knowing that GOD was going to call you. Honor and respect to you. Rest in peace forever in the love of GOD. You went beyond the call.

    Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 2010-11-28 19:53.

    GOD BLESS YOUR MEMORY AS A FINE AND DESERVING MAN YOU WERE NEEDED IN HEAVEN SO HE CALLED YOU TO HELP HIM.

    Submitted by DEBBIE DALY on Sun, 2010-11-28 14:26.

    Dear Flisk Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. My thoughts and prayers are also with your extended Family The Chicago Police Department.

    Debbie Daly

    Submitted by Jim Eldridge on Sun, 2010-11-28 13:27.

    I did not have the pleasure to know this young hero, but my heart aches for his family and close friends. God Bless, and Rest in Peace.

    Submitted by Pat Blair on Sun, 2010-11-28 12:08.

    May God grant Mike everlasting peace and welcome him into Heaven.Mike will always be in our hearts and memories.God bless his family and friends

    Submitted by Lou Velez on Sun, 2010-11-28 11:55.

    My condolences to the Flisk family at this very sad time. I have offered my prayers and have asked God to bring comfront to the family.

    Lou Velez
    Retired CPD Sgt and former ET

    Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 2010-11-28 11:14.

    Words can not express my sympathy to the friends and family of Officer Flisk. My son-in-law is a Police Officer in the 4th District, I worry so often for him in a city that has no morals or respect for life. God Bless you all, family, friends and all the Police Officers in Chicago.

    Submitted by Harold Fiene, Uni… on Sun, 2010-11-28 11:03.

    Mike you are a great person, family man, friend and evidence technician. You enjoyed doing your job and you did it well. It is great knowing you and you will be missed. Mike you will not be forgotten.

    Submitted by Jennifer Cali on Sun, 2010-11-28 10:06.

    I just wanted to let you know that I am sorry for the loss of the family and the Chicago Police department. I understand the loss of an officer, for my father was a Chicago police officer, and killed on duty when I was four years old. I never truly got over the loss, and learned to live with it, though painful. This is the reason I choice a career to help people, as a substance abuse and dui (driving under the influence) counselor, though not working currently, but hopefully soon. I know that officer Micheal Flisk did the same, help people, and worked hard to make the community safe for all, like my father, and all police officers. I respect you all. I wish that all people truly understood the work of police officers, because if they did, they would understand the life of helping others, and may do the same. My prayers are for this officers family and Chicago Police department. Bless you all!
    Jennifer Cali

    Submitted by Josephine Hampton on Sun, 2010-11-28 08:49.

    All crime against person is senseless, once again, we have lost an angel.

    Submitted by Maureen Detty on Sun, 2010-11-28 08:07.

    To Officer Flisk and his family,
    We will never know the reason why your life was cut so short. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, however; but by the example we leave for others to follow.
    Officer Flisk, you will be remembered in my prayers today, in my eighth grade class’ prayers tomorrow, and will be immortalized by the good example you lead by a life devoted to family and your vocation.
    May the angels lead you into paradise…….

    Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 2010-11-28 00:26.

    RIP Brother, you will be missed. My condolences to his family, friends, and to my fellow Officers for this unbearable loss.

    Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 2010-11-28 00:21.

    There is no way any person in this country could feel safe and protected without police officers such as Officer Flisk. Americans would not be able to live life in a free and peaceful way without these officers that risk their lives every day. What a brutal attack – shooting an officer just doing his job, collecting evidence…and for what? A human life, especially one that protects all Americans…is taken for some money? I hope the family finds peace and that justice is served. May God be with you and may Officer Flisk rest in peace.

    Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2010-11-27 23:30.

    Yesterday, my family and I went to the museum. On our way home, I wanted to show them the police memorial and we went to see their grandfather’s brick and the brick from our tact team. While we were there, we heard what seemed to last forever of endless sirens. I thought to myself, it must be a chase. After a while, I heard sirens again and they were sirens of both police and fire. At that point, I thought something was very wrong.

    Minutes later, I recieved a text. An officer was shot and was being taken to Northwestern and I became sick to my stomach. I am at the memorial, as my brother in blue passed by fighting for his life, as my family and I paid our respects to those who are honored where we stood.

    My daughter, later watching the news with me, sees the story of Officer Flisk. She hugs me hard and tells me, that she is so happy that I am home with her, because she is scared it could be me. I explained to her, that’s why I never leave the house without kissing her and her brother good bye and telling them I love you. I do it because, it may be the last thing, they hear from me and the last thing I say to them.

    I pray, that Officer Flisk or his children had that opportunity. My heart and prayers are with his wife and children and I would give anything for those children to have their father back and for us to have our brother back.

    Godspeed my brother, the hands of god have brought you home.

    Submitted by Anonymous-04 on Sat, 2010-11-27 22:25.

    Words cannot express our greatest loss. Prayers only can calm what we as humans cannot understand why a life can be easily taken. I thought the words below might help us and the public remember who we are and what we stand for. Regardless, the human spirit will prevail and the angels will lift up our fallen brother to a place where there is no pain or suffering.

    What are Cops made of?

    Don’t credit me with this mongrel prose; it has many parents; at least 420,000 of them: Police Officers.
    A police officer is a composite of what all men are, a mingling of saint and sinner, dust and deity.

    Culled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonestly and brutality because they are “news.” What that really means is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace.

    Buried under the froth is the fact: Less than one-half of 1 percent of officers misfit that uniform.

    That’s a better average than you’d find among clergymen.

    What is a officer made of? He, of all men, is at once the most needed and the most unwanted.

    He’s a strangely nameless creature who is “sir” to his face and “pig” behind his back.

    He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.

    But…..

    If the policeman is neat, he’s conceited; if he’s careless, he’s a bum.

    If he’s pleasant, he’s a flirt; if he’s not, he’s a grouch.

    He must make in an instant decisions which would require months for a lawyer.

    But…..

    If he hurries, he’s careless; if he’s deliberate, he’s lazy.

    He must be first to an accident and infallible with a diagnosis.

    He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, about all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp.

    Or expect to be sued.

    The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt.

    He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being “brutal.”

    If you hit him, he’s a coward, if he hits you, he’s a bully.

    A police officer must know everything — and not tell.

    He must know where all the sin is — and not partake.

    The policeman must, from a single human hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal — and tell you where the criminal is hiding.

    But…..

    If he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he’s a dunce.

    If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn’t, he’s a dullard.

    The policeman must chase bum leads to a dead end, stake out 10 nights to tag one witness who saw it happen — but refuses to remember.

    He runs files and writes reports until his eyes ache to build a case against some felon who’ll get dealed out by a shameless shamus or an “honorable” who isn’t.

    The police officer must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy, and a gentleman.

    And of course he’ll have to be a genius…

    For he’ll have to do it on a policeman’s salary.

    By Paul Harvey”.

    Submitted by Rev. Patricia A. … on Sat, 2010-11-27 22:08.

    My prayers are with you.

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