Alderman Matthew O’Shea and his team have been hard at work in support of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Get Behind the Vest initiative. He has enlisted schools in the 019th Ward to raise funds to purchase replacement vests for Chicago Police Officers through school wide dress down days and candy sales. So far, over $18,000 has been raised by the following area schools: Brother Rice High School, Christ the King, Queen of Martyrs, St. Barnabas, St. John Fisher, Mt. Greenwood, Mother McAuley, Keller, Cassell, St. Cajetan and St. Christina. Our thanks to the staff, faculty and students of the 019th Ward schools. Take pride in the fact that your efforts are helping to protect those who protect you!

Alderman O’Shea also enlisted the help of the Original Pancake House and St. Christina’s Parish in hosting a pancake breakfast in support of the initiative on February 22nd. Over 2,000 residents and supporters arrived at St. Christina’s School and took part in a delicious pancake breakfast generously supplied by the Harrigan Family and the Original House of Pancakes. Attendees included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and cast members of Chicago PD. Over $10,000 was raised at the pancake breakfast.

Our sincere thanks goes out to Alderman O’Shea for his hard work on behalf of the officers of the Chicago Police Department. With his help, over 56 officers will receive replacement vests and be given a greater chance of returning to their families at the end of their shift.

Thank you Alderman O’Shea!

Click Here to view a photo album from the event!

Read more about the event at the following locations:

Chicago Tribune
ABC 7 Chicago
Chicago Suntimes
Beverly Review

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