Chicago will be performing with Earth, Wind and Fire at the United Center Friday, April 1. Wortham’s parents and sister will be attending the show as special guests of the band.
The “Chicago Horse” is the creation of local artist and Chicago police officer Peter Bucks and is a piece of public art history. The finely crafted statue will be displayed and available for purchase at Chicago’s United Center show.
Last year, the band’s longtime manager, Peter Schivarelli, collaborated with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and commissioned the “Chicago Horse” as part of their Horses of Honor initiative.
Horses of Honor, a public art project that featured life-sized police horse statues, raised funds necessary to assist the foundation in supporting the families of fallen and severely injured Chicago police officers. Each horse statue was created to honor those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We love this horse! Peter Bucks did a wonderful job designing it,” said Peter Schivarelli, manager of the famed rock band Chicago and former 43rd Ward superintendent.
“We all felt that this project was so important that the entire band wanted to lend our name and raise awareness for this important cause,” Schivarelli added. “It was also important for us to honor Thomas who served two tours overseas in the military only to be tragically killed back home in Chicago.”
Officer Wortham was shot and killed while he was off duty by four men who attempted to rob him of his motorcycle on May 20, 2010, according to his bio on the Officer Down Memorial Page.
The young police officer, who had served almost four years with the Chicago Police Department, was fatally shot in the abdomen after exchanging gunfire with the four suspects who tried to rob them. His father, a retired police officer, witnessed the attempted robbery and shot at the men, killing one and wounding another. The other two escaped.
All three surviving suspects were arrested and charged with murder; the uninjured suspects were convicted in 2014 of the young officer’s murder.
Those interested in more information about purchasing the “Chicago Horse” or commissioning an original horse statue should contact the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation at 312-499-8899.