Woman found guilty in 2008 shooting death of police officer

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Wednesday, October 30 – The family of Chicago police Officer Richard Francis dropped their heads Wednesday night as they heard a jury convict a woman with a reported history of mental illness in his 2008 slaying. Jurors deliberated for about five hours before finding Robin Johnson, 50, guilty of first-degree murder. That carries an automatic life sentence, along with aggravated...

‘On Being A Cop’: Father-Son Book Benefits CPMF

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Officers Jim and Jay Padar, a father and son duo who were/are Chicago Police Officers, have a new book published. Titled “On Being a Cop“, the non-fiction publication tells stories from their days on the street. A portion of the book’s proceeds will be donated to two police charities — the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and Police Chaplains Ministry, Jay...

Guilty Verdicts In Valadez Slaying

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Thursday, October 10 -Two separate juries submitted guilty verdicts yesterday in the slaying of Chicago Police Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez. Christopher Harris and Kevin Walker were found guilty on murder and attempted murder charges connected to the June 1, 2009, killing in a vacant Englewood lot. Thank you to all who came out in support of the Valadez family....

The Blackhawks Bring the Stanley Cup to Gold Star Families and Our Catastrophically Injured Officers

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  We are so grateful to the Blackhawks organization for bringing such joy to our Gold Star Families and catastrophically injured officers! The organization brought the Stanley Cup to police headquarters on October 6th, so the Gold Star families and injured officers could see it and take part in the team’s achievement. The photo above shows Officer Bernie Domagala...

Rock the Badges Event Raises More Than $6,500 for the CPMF

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Last month’s Rock the Badges was a tremendous success, with the event raising more than $6,500 for the CPMF. We are so grateful to Lt. John Garrido and Officer Russell Schultz (pictured above with the CPMF’s Phil Cline) and the entire Rock the Badges committee for their hard work creating the show and making it such a wonderful event. Thank...

Ride to Remember Raises $20,000 for CPMF

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This summer’s Ride to Remember raised $20,000 for the CPMF! We are so grateful to the entire Ride Committee, who worked so hard to make the event a success. Pictured above are some members of the committee presenting the donation to the CPMF’s Phil Cline – Sgt. Jim Purgar, Sgt. John Roberts and Chief Nicholas Roti. Thank you to...

Parole Denied for Killer of P.O. Tom Kelly

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Thursday, September 26 – The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation chartered a bus and traveled to the office of the IL Prisoner Review Board in Springfield with 20 uniformed Chicago police officers to oppose the release of inmate Charles Connolly. Connolly murdered PO Thomas Kelly and shot his partner, PO Thomas Neustrom, during a traffic stop in March 1970. Following...

CPMF Escorts Fahey and O’Brien Families to TIRC Hearing

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Wednesday, September 25th – Representatives from the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation accompanied family members of Chicago Police Officers William Fahey and Richard O’Brien to the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission (TIRC) for a hearing at the State of Illinois building. The outcome of this hearing  had the  potential to request a judicial review from the Chief Judge for...

Thank You to the Volunteers that helped Clean Up the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park!

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The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation would like to extend a special thank you to the following volunteers who spent the day on September 7th cleaning up Gold Star Families Memorial and Park in preparation for the upcoming Candlelight Vigil:  Jerry Migely, John Regan, Brian Garrity, Vincent Marchant, PJ & Barb Kellam, Denise Domagala, Carmelita Frias, Linda Knibbs, Phil Haskett,...

CPMF Seeks Your Help in Opposing Executive Clemency Requests of Two Convicted Cop Killers

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The convicted murderers of Chicago Police Officers Kenneth Kaner (Bruce Sharp) and Det. Wayne King (Roosevelt Carr) have requested executive clemency from Governor Pat Quinn.  As we do in parole hearings, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation has opposed the granting of executive clemency for either of these cop killers. Here are our letters to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board:...

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case Ceremony Retires the Stars of Seven CPD Officers Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

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Superintendent’s Honored Star Case Ceremony Retires the Stars of Seven Chicago Police Officers Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice: Honored Officers Now Among 490 Stars in Memorial  Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy retired the stars of seven Chicago Police officers who died in the line of duty between 1891 and 1977. The stars of the...

Name Unveiling Ceremony at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park

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Last evening, the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Police Memorial Foundation honored five fallen heroes: Terrence Knox Sidney Sam William Goles Cornelius Rourke John P. Furlong Their names were unveiled during a ceremony in the Sacrifice Area of the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. The memorial park is the premier monument in the nation dedicated to the sacrifices of law...

Tour of Duty Celebrity Golf Outing held August 12th

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Joel Murray poses with Chicago Police Memorial Foundation volunteers at the Tour of Duty Celebrity Golf Classic in Evanston, Illinois on August 12th.  A portion of the proceeds from the day’s events were donated to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.  The CPMF would like to extend a big thank you to Joel Murray and Betsy Shepherd for putting this...
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