On September 13th, several hundred Gold Star Family members, law enforcement officers, civilians and supporters turned out to pay tribute to 575 fallen officers of the Chicago Police Department at the annual Candlelight Vigil. Because of the threat of thunderstorms, this year’s Vigil was held indoors at Soldier Field. Among those in attendance were Governor Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Ben Perez, Jr., son of fallen officer Ben Perez, addressed the crowd and spoke of his father’s passion for his job and the sacrifice he made in service to the citizens of the City of Chicago. Officer Alex Lagunas related to the audience the details of the night last March when he was shot in the chest while on duty, but was saved by his bulletproof vest. In a solemn ceremony, each of the names of the fallen officers was read aloud, including the name of Officer Edward L. Jackson, whose name was added to the Memorial Wall at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park just prior to the Candlelight Vigil. Officer Jackson’s daughter, Adrienne, was in attendance. The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is grateful to all those who helped us live up to our promise to “NEVER FORGET” these 575 police heroes and their families. See below for media coverage of the Candlelight Vigil and the ceremony adding the name of Officer Edward L. Jackson to the Memorial Wall.

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We Will Never Forget