Each December, the CPMF hosts Operation Santa – an amazing event which shows the families of our fallen and catastrophically injured officers that they haven’t been forgotten. Operation Santa would not be complete without Santa and Mrs. Claus, who visits the homes of these families bearing gifts and good tidings.
Two very special volunteers, Mike and Shirley Wolf, play the roles of Santa and Mrs. Claus and have done so since the inception of the program. The husband and wife duo fly in from Arizona on their own time and at their own expense, authentic costumes in tow. In character, they board a Presidential limousine and travel to all corners of the city in a police caravan for the two-day campaign. “It’s all about the families,” said Mike Wolf. “It’s important for us to remember them – especially this time of year.”
The Wolfs also play Santa and Mrs. Claus for the Secret Service’s “Operation Shining Star,” Comer Childrens’ Hospital, Arizona Concerns of Police Survivors and Coalition for Compassionate Justice.
The CPMF and the Gold Star Families are eternally grateful for their efforts.
Shirley Wolf started the Chicago Police Academy in January 1981. She worked patrol and a Tactical Unit in the 016th District until being assigned to the 018th District in 1991. Shirley was promoted to Gang Specialist in 1998 and worked Gangs and Narcotics until 2000. She was assigned to the Detective Division from 2000 until 2008 in Domestic Violence and retired from the Chicago Police Department in 2008.
Mike Wolf began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Police Officer for the village of DesPlaines in 1987. He worked as a patrol officer in DesPlaines until his retirement in 2009. Mike also served as a police sergeant for the village of Golf and a part-time Willow Springs police officer. Mike was a master firearms instructor, baton instructor, OC instructor and also filled the role of field training officer.