On September 18, 2002, Chicago Police Officer Benjamin Perez was killed while on duty. In just four years with the Chicago Police Department he earned 16 honorable mentions. While his death was a tragic loss for the city of Chicago, his legacy will be one of hope and achievement.
The 14th anniversary of Benjamin Perez’s death was commemorated with a CPD roll call and ceremony at the Southeast Corner of 53rd and Nashville on September 20th. Over 50 Chicago Police Officers from the 010th District, where Ben served, lined up and performed a memorial roll call in Ben’s memory. Also in attendance was Superintendent Eddie Johnson, CPMF Executive Director Phil Cline and St. Ignatius President Fr. Michael Caruso as well as Ben’s wife Michele and their children Katarina, Ben Jr. and Becky.
James Zangrilli of the Master Educational Assistance Foundation also awarded the Ben Perez Memorial Scholarship to two children during the ceremony. James Dolan, an 8th grader at St. Jane de Chantal School and Santiago Tamez, a sophomore at De La Salle Institute, both received scholarships towards their 2016-17 tuition in Ben’s memory. Both boys are the sons of Chicago Police officers.
We will NEVER FORGET Chicago Police Officer Benjamin Perez.