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Garfield Ridge Civic League Supports GBTV

On Tuesday, March 16th, the Garfield Ridge Civic League made a very generous donation in support of Get Behind the Vest. Thanks to their contribution, one officer from the 008th District will receive a new bulletproof vest. The CPMF is very grateful to League President, Henry “Hank” Pukala, for choosing to support the initiative.



Pancake breakfast held to get new police vests

Living in an area filled with several police officers, Colleen Nitsche knew she wanted to do something to support her Chicago Beverly neighbors.

So Nitsche, along with her daughter, Cara, 7, joined about 1,000 people Sunday at the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s “Get Behind the Vest” second annual pancake breakfast at St. John Fisher School, 100200 S. Washtenaw Ave. in Chicago.

The foundation uses proceeds from the breakfast to help raise money to replace more than 8,000 outdated bullet proof vests worn by Chicago Police.  Continue reading this story…

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Sauganash Elementary School Raises $1,200 for Get Behind the Vest!

The students, faculty and staff of Sauganash Elementary School, located on Chicago’s northside, raised $1,200 for the CPMF’s Get Behind the Vest initiative which seeks to provide replacement vests to Chicago Police Officers.  To date, over 6,000 vests have been distributed to Chicago Police Officers.  Thanks for helping to “protect those who protect us”, Sauganash Elementary!  We, and the police families we serve, are truly grateful.

Pictured from left to right are:  Commander of 017 Eli Voulgaris, Hannah Zalinski, Yolanda Rubio, Sgt. Ruth Ronan 017 District, CPMF Executive Director Philip Cline and Principal Christine Munns


Another 1,100 Chicago Police Officers Get New Bulletpoof Vests Thanks to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Get Behind the Vest Program

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As part of our ongoing effort to supply Chicago Police Officers with replacement bulletproof vests through our Get Behind the Vest program, another 1,100 Chicago Police Officers were measured for their new vests on Friday, June 19th. The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is working to raise $4 million to ensure that all 8,000 Chicago Police Officers who are in need of replacement vests receive them. It is our goal to give these officers a greater chance of returning home to their families safe and sound at the end of their shift. If you are interested in helping to Protect Those Who Protect You, please visit and make a donation today.

$7,000 Closer To Our Goal

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Ed Tylka and Dignity Memorial Make $2,500 donation to GBTV
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Vests Distributed to Chicago Police Officers Thanks to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Get Behind the Vest Initiative
Chicago Police Receive New Bulletproof Vests

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“Behind The Vest” Campaign Gives CPD Officers New Bulletproof Vests

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Sons of Fallen Officer Make Donation to Get Behind the Vest

On September 2, 1945 Detectives Charles Brady and Det. George Hellstern only had 40 minutes left on their shift. Det. Brady was looking forward to getting home because it was his oldest son Charles’s 13th birthday. But being good detectives they saw a suspicious man outside at currency exchange at Clark and Lunt. They approached Cecil “Red” Smith and he pulled out a gun and shot both detectives. Both Detectives died from their gunshot wounds. Smith was later executed by his own robbery crew and buried in a grave in the western suburbs.

Yesterday, at the 023 District, which is the same district that his Dad worked at, Mike Brady the son of Det. Charles Brady presented a check in the amount of $10,000 for Get Behind the Vest To Commander Tom Waldera, on behalf of him and his brother Patrick “Ben” Brady. Also attending the check presentation was Jean Wenger the granddaughter of Det. Hellstern.


The eLearning course outlining the Get Behind the Vest initiative is now live. All sworn personnel working in Area South have been automatically enrolled in this module. Personnel are required to complete this eLearning course prior to being able to sign up for a fitting. Personnel who have completed the eLearning course will receive an email with details on how to schedule a fit test and pay the co-pay at a later date. Any sworn personnel working in Area South who do not have access to the eLearning course should be directed to call the General Support Division at 312-745-5904, or email for help.

During the first phase of this project in 2014, all CPD sworn personnel working in districts and units within Area South will have the opportunity to obtain their body armor at a discounted rate. Sworn officers are asked to contribute $100, while sworn supervisors will contribute $125. The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation will cover the remaining costs associated with the body armor. Sworn Department personnel will be allowed to make payment via debit or credit card.

In order to participate in this program, sworn personnel must have body armor that is expired or within 60 days of expiration. The expiration can be determined by viewing the label on the body armor (expiration is 5 years after the manufacture date).

The fittings will take place in the 005 District Community Room. Sworn personnel will be able to reserve a fitting time during the course of duty hours or while off-duty. No overtime will be paid for attending a fitting, nor will the fitting be considered a tour of duty.

The body armor will be delivered and distributed approximately 3-4 weeks after the fitting takes place. As the body armor arrives, units will be notified and personnel will be able to pick it up in the 005 District.


Foundation donation gets ‘Behind the Vest


Kevin T. Flanagan Memorial Fund makes $10,000 Donation to Get Behind the Vest

Members of the Kevin T. Flanagan Memorial Fund made a $10,000 donation to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Get Behind the Vest Initiative.  Kevin Flanagan was a Chicago Police Officer who passed away at the age of 25, and this donation is made in his loving memory.  Members of the Flanagan Memorial Fund presented the $10,000 donation to the Foundation on October 8, 2014.  Pictured, from left to right, are:  Joe Kessel (CPD), Eddie McNaughton (CFD), Matt Flanagan (CFD), Jim Triantafillo (CPD), John Gordon (CPMF), Tom Cotter (CPD) and Joe Wagner(CPD).  We, and the officers we serve, are truly grateful for their support.



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