Chicago Police Memorial Foundation honors retired Chicago Police Officer as part of its Officer of the Month program presented by Galls

Today, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation honors Retired Chicago Police Officer Robert Olson who served the city for 39 years and 11 months.  Officer Olson utilized his training and experience when confronted by an armed assailant who wanted his car. The carjacker, a repeat felon, was out on the street on early release from prison, having been previously convicted of a robbery and gun charge.

The carjacking occurred on April 25, 2018, a Wednesday evening when Robert had planned to join some friends at a local Bridgeport establishment for dinner. As he got close to the restaurant he looked for a place to park his car and found one near 29th and Shields.

Although Robert had been retired for over 6 years, his instincts and observational skills are still sharp. Robert noticed three young guys milling around the corner and pondered what they were planning. As Robert parked, he observed the three guys were gone and assumed they just went on their way. What Robert didn’t know is that this crew had crouched down behind a car, hiding so they could surprise Robert and catch him off guard. Robert got out of his car quickly slamming the door and was confronted by the felon who pointed the gun directly at him while running toward him, shouting “I’ll kill you, give me the car.”

Robert Olson retired honorably after nearly 40 years but the police tradition of service continues. Robert’s son, also named Robert Olsen is presently on the CPD working in the Detective division. Robert’s grandson is also named Robert Olson, but he chose another path, going to law school at the University of Illinois. What is interesting is that earlier this year, he also was a victim of carjacking. The young man was in Hyde Park when he was carjacked. The suspect pointed a gun, demanded the car and luckily, the youngest Robert Olsen was not hurt, but he did lose the car. After this robbery, Robert was concerned as these carjackings seemed to continue to increase citywide. 

Robert Olsen continues to carry a gun to protect his family and his life as most retired police officers do. On that evening when his life was threatened by the carjacker, he acted instinctively as police do. Robert shot the suspect once without hesitation and the felon fell to the ground. As the felon lay on the street, his accomplice asked Robert not to shoot him saying “Don’t shoot me, I don’t have a gun,” which implies he knew exactly what they were doing – working together as a crew out carjacking innocent people. Robert ordered the accomplice to the ground and called 911 while the third suspect took off running.  The police arrived; the shot felon was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The police recovered the felon’s gun and arrested the accomplice. The third suspect was eventually arrested, but the States Attorney’s office chose not to charge either accomplice and both were released. Robert was told that the accomplices were not armed so they wouldn’t be charged.

“Over the last few months, we have honored a few Officers who have stopped carjackings from occurring. We are thankful for the police, both active and retired, that are constantly surveying their surroundings to ensure the safety of themselves and others,” said Phil Cline, Executive Director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

The felon in this case is suspected of other robberies after his early release, and the police believe he committed an earlier carjacking at about 8:00am on that fateful morning that he tried to rob Robert Olson. 

This morning we are happy to present this award to Robert Olson. Without his training and life experiences as a law enforcement officer, it could have gone the other way, and we would be mourning his loss.  Please join us in honoring retired Officer Robert Olson, as our June Officer of the Month presented by Galls.



The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for- profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes. The Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago Police Officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

Established in 2004, the Foundation strengthens the relationship between the Chicago Police, its business and civic leaders, and its citizenry. It allows us to express our gratitude to the fallen Officers' families for the ultimate sacrifice of their loved one.  To date, the Foundation has donated more than $9.5 million to family members of Chicago Police officers in need of assistance. 

For more information about the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and its mission, please visit our website at


Never forget P.O. Tom Kelly

"Her Name Was Joanne" chronicles the story of the fiance of fallen Chicago Police Officer Tom Kelly.  It was written by Retired CPD Lt. Dennis Banahan.  Please take a moment to read her story, and the story of two fallen Chicago Police heroes.  Officer Kelly's murderer, Charles Connolly is up for parole on July 18th.  Won't you help us to live up to our promise to "Never Forget"?  Join us in protesting the release of this convicted cop killer?  You can send a letter to the Chairman of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, as follows:

Craig Findley
Illinois Prisoner Review Board
319 East Madison Street, Suite A
Springfield, IL 62701

By Dennis M. Banahan

I remember the first time I saw her face. It was from a distance.  Her dark eyes were haunted by inconsolable pain. She wept loudly and her body convulsed as she labored down the stairs of the Catholic Church behind the flag-draped casket of Chicago Police Officer Thomas Kelly.  Family and friends flanked her on each side for support.  A cold March wind tried in vain to sweep her tears away but there were just too many. She was a portrait of despair; of utter devastation. 
She was Tommy Kelly's fiancée and they had just recently finished their final wedding preparations.  All I could think of as I watched the stricken figure stumble behind the casket was that she should have been wearing white this week, not black. It should have been the happiest time of her life, not the saddest. I wished I could have reached out from the crowd and touched her hand or said or done something that would have eased her pain and her heartbreak. But it was evident that her agony was far beyond the comfort or consolation that a stranger in the middle of a crowd of hundreds could possibly offer.  She didn't know me and I knew very little about her.  Just that she was Tommy Kelly's fiancee and her name was Joanne. 
Tommy Kelly and I grew up in the same neighborhood together. The neighborhood was simply known as 69th Street.  It was a tough, predominantly Italian neighborhood so there weren't many Kellys and Banahans around but it didn't matter to any of us.  The Italians are great people and anybody from 69th Street was considered family regardless of whether your name began with a vowel or ended in a vowel. It was an unwritten bond that transcended ethnic or social differences.  It was a really a great place to grow up. 

Tom was a few years older than I was.  I knew his younger brother, Bob, who was my age, better when we were growing up. Bob and I had attended St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Grammar School together. The Kelly Brothers were from a tight knit Irish family.  They always reminded me of the famed Fightin' Sullivan Brothers.  They were pretty tough kids and they all looked out for one another.  They weren't known for starting trouble but they weren't known for backing away from it either.  Mostly, they were just known throughout the neighborhood as nice guys and good softball players. 
Tommy Kelly joined the Chicago Police Force a few years before I did.  By the time I came on the job in 1969, he had already established a reputation as being a good street policeman. Whenever the coppers with a few years under their belts would be milling around the roll call room drinking coffee and telling war stories, I always waited for the opportune opening to casually inject that Tommy Kelly and I were from the same neighborhood. As a rookie policeman, it was a great source of pride to me to know a policeman the caliber of Tommy Kelly. There was also a subtle, or maybe not so subtle, underlying suggestion that I wanted to be that type of policeman too. 
In the early 70's, Tommy Kelly and his partner, Tom Neustrom, were assigned to Area One Task Force, affectionately known at that time as the "Big Red One". The unit was defined as a mobile strike force and utilized to augment district manpower in those police districts experiencing a particularly high incidence of crime or assigned to a specific trouble site where the potential for violence was imminent.   They were crammed into the back of police vans like cattle and shipped to the west side for the King Riots; downtown for the Democratic National Convention; the Petrillo Bandshell for the Grant Park Riots; and thrown into hundreds of other like situations. Whenever, or wherever, things got ugly, they were activated. The officers assigned to that unit, by the very nature of their duties, had to be aggressive, hard working policemen.  

Anyway, back in those days, the Big Red One, more often than not, was usually assigned to the 2nd District when their services were not needed elsewhere.  The 2nd District had acquired almost as many aliases over the years as some of the people that had been detained in it's lock-up. The station was referred to as "The Deuce" by some, or "The Bash" by others (a derivative of Wabash), even though the old red brick station house at 48th & Wabash had been razed and the new facility was located at 51st & Wentworth.  The location and the name of the police station may have changed but little else did. The 2nd District was still the 2nd District: a rose by any other name. It was geographically the smallest district in the city and yet it maintained the dubious honor, year after year, of having the highest crime rate in the city.  The city's political architects gerrymandered the district's boundaries to ensure that virtually all the public housing complexes, and the crime associated with them, were contained within its perimeters. The district, though only eight blocks wide and thirty blocks long, was, and is, home to twenty blocks of high rise public housing buildings that are called the Stateway Gardens and the Robert Taylor Projects.  I always felt that whoever named Stateway a "garden" should have been arrested for a felony misnomer. The broad expanse of land that surrounded each unit was anything but a garden. It was a veritable blanket of refuse and broken glass. 
March 3, 1970 was the anniversary of my first year on the job. Several of the officers I graduated from the police academy with were planning a little celebration party for later that evening so I took the day off time-due. Tommy Kelly and his partner, Tom Neustrom, weren't celebrating that day though.  They were assigned to patrol the mean streets in the "Deuce" as they had so many times before. They were cruising the area around 44th & King Drive when they observed a vehicle containing two occupants commit a minor traffic violation.  They curbed the vehicle and exited their squad car. The driver of the car also got out and walked back towards Kelly and Neustrom while removing a traffic ticket from his pocket.  Officer Neustrom noticed that the passenger in the vehicle seemed to be acting unduly nervous. His police instincts told him the man's demeanor warranted further investigation. So upon walking over to the passenger's side of the car, Officer Neustrom initiated some general on the scene questioning. The man appeared to become even more tense and it was becoming increasingly obvious that his responses to the questions were deliberately evasive. Feeling that his suspicions were correct, Officer Neustrom asked the passenger to step out of the vehicle.  The man readily complied and after doing so, Officer Neustrom conducted a protective pat down of the man. After determining that the man wasn't in possession of any dangerous weapons, Officer Neustrom instructed him to step to the rear of the vehicle where Officer Kelly was still talking to the driver of the car. Officer Neustrom was conducting a cursory examination of the car's interior when suddenly from behind him, there was a thunderous explosion.  Officer Neustrom bolted upright and turned to look in the direction of the loud report just in time to see the driver of the vehicle rushing toward him with a gun aimed at his chest. Tommy Kelly was laying face down on the street with a single gunshot wound in the forehead fired from point-blank range. The driver of the vehicle pumped five bullets into Officer Neustrom's chest.  Still conscious, but unable to move, Officer Neustrom fell across the front seat of the offender's car and lay motionless, feigning death. It was every policeman's nightmare enfolding before his eyes. The killer, his lust for blood still not sated, ran to the passenger side of the car and yanked Officer Neustrom out by his ankles and threw his bullet riddled body onto the street. Officer Neustrom lay defenseless as the offender put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger six more times... but, fortunately, the gun was empty.  Miraculously, Officer Neustrom survived the attack. The two suspects fled from the scene on foot.  They were captured sometime later miles and miles away from the scene. They were holed up in a house, ironically located directly across the street from the high school where Tommy Kelly's father had worked for so many years as the school engineer and only two blocks from where the Kelly boys grew up. 
Though the swift apprehension of the murderer may have provided the Kelly family and Tommy's fiancee with some peace of mind, it did little to comfort them.  Nothing would bring Tommy back. There would forever be a black hole in their hearts that nothing, or no one, could ever fill.
I didn't attend my first year anniversary party that evening.

Pat Crowley had been a good friend of Tommy Kelly's. He was also a good friend of mine. They were a cut from the same cloth. Both men were regarded among the rank and file as outstanding policemen and both men came from similar backgrounds.  So, it was no surprise when Pat offered Tommy's fiancee a strong shoulder to lean on in her time of grief. And, it should have come as no surprise to anyone that the qualities she found in Tommy Kelly she also found in Pat Crowley. 

 "In every adversity, there is a seed of an equivalent or greater benefit," as the saying goes.  And so, out of the despair and loss of a great friend and lover, blossomed a beautiful relationship. Tommy Kelly would have wanted it that way. To know that the woman he loved most in the life was being looked after by a man he loved and trusted.

But Joanne was still haunted by the terrible events that had inexorably altered her life forever.  So when Pat proposed to her she told him quite candidly that although she loved him, she couldn't marry another Chicago policeman, an Irishman at that.  She couldn't sit at home, night after night, afraid that the phone might ring.  Afraid to watch the news and hear that another Chicago policeman had been shot and they couldn't release his name until the family was notified. She wouldn't be able to sleep at night, knowing he was on the street patrolling the bowels of the city. No, unless Pat changed occupations, there would be no marriage.

Pat was brokenhearted. Joanne was brokenhearted.  Each understood the other's misery. The police department wasn't just a job for Pat; it's who he was. But could Joanne survive another tragic ordeal like that again? Pat knew the answer. No. 

Consequently, Pat took the Chicago Fire Department exam and placed high on the list. He tried to convince Joanne that it was a less hazardous job but she knew better. But as it turned out, it was a moot point. When Pat was later called to report to the Fire Academy, he declined the position. He was a policeman, not a fireman.

Joanne's friends and family tried to convince her to look at this grave misfortune from a logical perspective. They all agreed that what had happened to Tommy Kelly was a terrible, terrible tragedy but it was an isolated incident. There are over thirteen thousand men on the Chicago Police Force at any given time, the overwhelming majority of whom will live to retire from the job with thirty or more years of service and collect a pension. 
Finally, after a lot of prayers and cajoling, Pat Crowley and Joanne were wed.
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On September 13, 1976, while conducting a narcotics raid, Officer Patrick Crowley was shot and killed.  He sustained a single gunshot wound to the forehead, as did Officer Thomas Kelly six years earlier.
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I remember the second time I saw her face. It was from a distance.  Her dark eyes were haunted in pain.  She wept loudly and her body convulsed as she labored down the stairs of the Catholic Church behind the flag-draped casket of Police Officer Patrick Crowley. She didn't know me and I knew very little about her...but I never forgot her name.  Her name was Joanne. 

Joanne, wherever you are, if you should ever happen by chance to read this, I want you to know you're still in the hearts and the minds and the prayers of Chicago Police Officers.

Copyright ( 2000 Dennis M. Banahan.  All rights reserved.



The Ende, Menzer, Walsh & Quinn Retirees' Widows' and
Children’s Assistance Fund (EMWQ) is saddened to learn of the news of the recent passing of Chicago
Fire Department diver, Juan J. Bucio. The EMWQ has set up a Memorial Fund in honor of Juan J. Bucio.
100% of the proceeds donated to the EMWQ Juan Bucio Memorial Fund will go to Mr. Bucio’s family.
Juan J. Bucio, 46, is survived by his nine siblings, including a sister who is a member of the
Chicago Police Department and a brother who is a member of the Chicago Fire Department. He leaves
behind his two sons Joshua and Jacob, who are 10 and 9 years old.
The public can go to to make a donation directly to Mr. Bucio’s
EMWQ Memorial Fund. Donations can also be made in person at any BMO Harris Bank branch, or by
mail to EMWQ Bucio Memorial Fund, 20 S. Clark St., Suite 1400, Chicago IL 60603 (checks payable to
“EMWQ Juan Bucio Memorial Fund”).

May Officers of the Month

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is proud to partner with Galls for our Officer of the Month Award. Galls services the needs of law enforcement, military, security, fire, ems, postal, public transportation and more! Galls also offers an extensive selection of products and brands, competitive prices, responsive service, fast deliveries, and seamless ordering. Galls is proud to serve America’s public safety professionals.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Police Officers Memorial Day, and this week as Police Week in honor of those peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, have lost their lives or have become disabled in the performance of duty.  Today, the National Memorial Ceremony is taking place in Washington DC, on the grounds of our Capital, where Officer Bernard W. Domagala and Officer Andre Van Vegten are being honored along with hundreds of other Men and Woman in law enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice in 2017.

This morning, we honor four Sergeants and four Officers who took some courageous actions on a quiet Sunday morning last summer. On July 9, 2017, a woman walked into the 025th District station telling officers that her adult son was holding his wife and infant child against their will at gun point in their apartment on LeClaire near Diversey on Chicago’s Northwest side. Officer Luis Lopez and Officer Christian Nunez went to the apartment to try to free the woman and infant. The Officers were able to enter the apartment, safely evacuate the wife and child without incident, however, the offender refused to cooperate with Officers and a standoff ensued. Verbal negotiation was initiated through an open window and support units summoned while Sgt. Michael Keeney and Officer Luis Lopez attempted to talk the subject out of the apartment.  The suspect became volatile and refused to comply.  The SWAT Team was notified and while securing a perimeter, the offender emerged from the apartment brandishing a handgun and fired it at Officer Lopez. Sgt Keeney returned fire but it did not deter the offender who ran northbound to Diversey and turned east. Responding units pursued the offender who continued to disregard all commands to drop the weapon and surrender to police. Sgt. Sonia Rios was shot at when the offender emerged from a gangway.  The offender continued to flee, running through yards, jumping fences refusing all demands to stop and surrender. The offender attempted to hide in a basement stairwell and Officers Rodriguez, Hardt, and Seng all gave verbal direction to drop the gun. The offender emerged with his gun in hand pointing it at officers who fired their weapons at the offender who continued to attempt to flee running northbound in the gangway. Officers positioned at the end of the gangway returned fire ending the threat. The offender was placed into custody, his weapon was recovered and Chicago Fire Paramedics rendered aid; however, the offender ultimately succumbed to his wounds.

The actions of these Officers that day were heroic and a vivid example of how quickly things change in the life of an officer.

When they awoke that Sunday morning, not one of these Officers were looking forward to an exchange of gunfire with an offender who had held his own family hostage, and then escaped running through a quiet neighborhood shooting indiscriminately. These officers responded to a call for help and took actions to eliminate a threat before anyone else could be harmed. It is something they do every day,” said Phil Cline, Executive Director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

Because of their demonstration of professionalism and bravery, we are proud to honor Sergeants Michael Keeney, Scott Kravitz, Sonia Rios, Erik Seng and Officers Luis Lopez, Christian Nunez, Efrain Rodriguez, and David Hardt and designate them our May Officers of the month present by Galls.


The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for- profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes. The Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago Police Officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

Established in 2004, the Foundation strengthens the relationship between the Chicago Police, its business and civic leaders, and its citizenry. It allows us to express our gratitude to the fallen Officers' families for the ultimate sacrifice of their loved one.  To date, the Foundation has donated more than $9.5 million to family members of Chicago Police officers in need of assistance. 

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For more information about the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and its mission, please visit our website at

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Honors of Five Fallen Chicago Police Officers on Memorial Wall

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Honors of Five Fallen Chicago Police Officers on Memorial Wall

Commander Bauer, Captian Palczynski and Officers Domagala, Van Vegten and
Hourihan ensrhined on memorial wall at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park.

Chicago (April 20, 2018) – The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation today paid tribute to four
fallen Chicago Police officers whose deaths occurred in previous decades by adding their names
to the memorial wall at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park.
At a solemn ceremony this evening attended by family members of the fallen officers, Chicago
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and supporters of the Chicago Police Memorial
Foundation, the names of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer, Captain Palczynski and
Officers Domagala and Van Vegten (information on each officer is below) were displayed for
the first time on the memorial wall at the Chicago Police Memorial on Chicago’s lakefront.
Probationary Police Officer Frank Hourihan, who was killed while serving in the U.S. Army in
1918, was honored on a plaque commemorating Chicago Police officers who died while serving
in the military.
Their names join an honor roll of 578 other Chicago Police heroes who were killed or died while
serving their city.
“Today, Commander Bauer, Captain Palczynski and Officers Domagala and Van Vegten take
their rightful place among hundreds of true heroes who gave their lives to this city,” said
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation executive director Philip J. Cline. “By etching their names
in stone at our memorial, we are keeping our promise to “Never Forget” the men and women
who sacrificed everything on behalf of the citizens of Chicago.”

Three of the names are those of officers who died in recent months. Officer Domagala died in
September, 2017 as the result of being shot during a hostage standoff in 1988. Officer Van
Vegten died in November 2017 from complications related to an incident where his squad car
was struck by another vehicle while he and his partner were responding to a call of shots fired in
1997. Commander Bauer was killed in February after being shot while pursuing an armed
offender who was fleeing other officers.
The addition of Captain Palczynski to the memorial wall and of PPO Hourihan to the military
honors plaque come as the result of research conducted by Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
staff and volunteers who interview surviving family members and ancestors and comb over old
police reports, news accounts and pension board files to determine whether officer deaths were
related to their duties as Chicago Police officers.
As a result of that research, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation has identified and honored
31 officers since 2010.
Captain Joseph Palczynski
End of Watch: 5 March 1935
Captain Joseph Palczynski was a nearly 50 -veteran of the Chicago Police Department and
assigned to the Detective Bureau at 1121 South State Street at the time of his death. On March
5, 1935, Captain Palczynski was working in the Women’s Court room at 11 th and State when a
riot broke out in the courtroom. During the melee, Captain Palczynski suffered a fatal heart
attack while pushing into the crowd in an attempt to restore the peace. He was shoved to the
floor and pummeled by several offenders. He was carried into the judge’s chambers and later
pronounced dead on the scene. No charges were filed in connection with Captain Palczynski’s
death. He was survived by his wife, Tillie, and children, Helen, Joseph Jr., William, Edward,
Casimir and Walter.

Police Officer Bernard Domagala
End of Watch: 5 September 2017
Police Officer Bernie Domagala was a 7-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department and a
member of the HBT Unit. Shortly before his shift was over on the afternoon of July 14th 1988,
Bernie responded to a hostage situation at 7237 S. Stony Island Avenue. Officers surrounded the
property, and Bernie had taken a defensive position at the corner of the garage. He looked around
the corner at the house, and in that split second the offender shot his gun hitting Bernie above his
eye in the forehead. He was transported to Michael Reese Hospital where he underwent 6 hours
of surgery to remove a bullet from his brain. Bernie was 37 years old at the time, with a wife,
Denise, and three young sons: Erik was 4, and twins Craig and Adam were 4 months old.

Bernie never recovered from his injuries and spent the next twenty-nine years in traumatic brain
injury care centers, rehab facilities, nursing homes and hospitals. Through it all, and thanks to
the constant love and support from Denise, Erik, Craig and Adam, Bernie never lost his smile.

Bernie passed away on September 5, 2017 due to complications from injuries sustained in the
shooting. Officer Bernard Domagala was laid to rest in St. Casimir Cemetery in Chicago, IL.
He is survived by his wife, Denise, and sons Erik, Craig and Adam.
Police Officer Andre Van Vegten
End of Watch: 2 November 2017

On the evening of January 7, 1997 while assigned to the 8th District, Officer Van Vegten and his
partner responded to a “shots fired” call at 43rd and Latrobe Avenue near the LeClaire Courts
public housing development. En route to the scene, the officers spotted a vehicle containing four
known gang members who immediately fled northbound on Cicero Avenue at a high rate of
speed. Before Officer Van Vegten and his partner could even radio in the pursuit, another vehicle
veered into their lane of traffic and they were forced to take evasive action. The officers’ police
vehicle struck the center-lane curb and crashed into a concrete planter. They were pulled from
the wreckage of their burning squad car by passing motorists just seconds before the entire
vehicle was engulfed in flames.
Officer Van Vegten was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition. He suffered a
collapsed lung, a shattered right femur and a broken rib which had pierced his aorta. The rapid
blood loss from that injury left him paralyzed from the chest down and legally blind. After
emerging from a six-week coma, the officer underwent several surgeries at Northwestern
Memorial Hospital and was transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for therapy.
In the following years, Officer Van Vegten suffered through numerous surgeries and
continuously battled infections and wounds that required months or years to heal. Officer Andre
Van Vegten is survived by his daughter, Jennifer, who was only three-years old at the time of the
Commander Paul Bauer
End of Watch: 13 February 2018
Commander Paul Bauer was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject who had just run
from other officers near the James R. Thompson Center, a state government office building.
Other officers had attempted to conduct a subject stop on the man in connection with a shooting
that had occurred several days earlier. The subject fled from the officers. Commander Bauer,
who in the area for a meeting, observed the subject at the government building and attempted to
stop him in a stairwell. The subject opened fire, killing Commander Bauer. The offender was
taken into custody moments later.
Commander Bauer had served with the Chicago Police Department for 32 years and served as
commander of the 18th District. He is survived by his wife, Erin, and daughter, Grace.

Probationary Police Officer Frank Hourihan
End of Watch: 17 August 1918
PPO Frank Hourihan was on leave from the Chicago Police Department where he was assigned
to the 3 rd District. Hourihan was serving as a Private in the US Army in Company C of the 311 th
Supply Train. He was killed when he lost control of the truck he was driving and the vehicle
turned over.

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March 2018 Officer of the Month

This morning we honor Lieutenant John Garrido who has been with the Chicago Police Department for over 27 years and is presently assigned to the 016th district. For many years John passed a newsstand at the busy intersection of Foster, Milwaukee and Central, watching as it became more and more run down with every passing season. John decided to investigate, learn who it belonged to and the rest of the story behind this newsstand. John found it empty but filled with recent newspapers. He learned that the stand was utilized on Sunday mornings when Mr. Anthony Johnson used the stand to sell the Sunday papers to the community and passing drivers. The stand was an eyesore, needed a new roof, new door, replacement of rotted wood and had no insulation. John also learned Mr. Anthony Johnson was an Air Force Veteran who had fallen on hard times and was now homeless.

John decided to enlist the community to transform the stand to its former glory and in turn, give Mr. Johnson a warmer place to sell the papers during Chicago’s harsh winter months. John posted it on FaceBook and the community stepped up with donations to replace the roof, the sides, the door that wouldn’t lock and a Police Officer and artist, Peter Buck volunteered his talents to paint murals on each side depicting the community and the man selling the newspapers. Community Business people came out of the woodwork including Tony Marino of Marino Jeep who helped to buy Johnson all new winter attire to help him stay a little warmer during these brutal months. John also established a GoFundMe page with a goal to help Anthony get back on his feet.

That goal has raised over $7,500 to be used to help cover the cost of an apartment for Mr. Johnson.

Lieutenant Garrido is another example of the core of the Chicago Police Officers who take seriously the serve part of their oath “to serve and Protect.”

John serves his community volunteering his time on various councils and even helps out our four legged friends when he established the Garrido Stray Rescue Foundation – an organization that reunites lost dogs with their owners or finds new homes for the abused or abandoned. He has long been a supporter of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and produces the Battle of the Bands, an event that showcases bands made up of First Responders with proceeds donated to our foundation and Chicago Fire Department charities.

This morning we honor Lieutenant John Garrido as an example of community service and outreach to make our city just a little bit better, a Chicago Police Officer truly making a difference. It is with great pride that we call Lieutenant John Garrido, our March Officer of the Month.


Parole Denied for cop killers Veal & Lewis

On Thursday, March 1st, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation charted a bus to Springfield to oppose the parole for cop killers Johnny Veal and Willie Lewis. Over two dozen active and retired members of the Chicago Police Department, FOP representatives and the niece of Sergeant James Severin rose early to make the trek down to Springfield for the 9am hearing.

The parole board unanimously ruled to oppose the parole of both Veal and Lewis. The board also agreed to a three year set before these killers have the right to another parole hearing. Board members have expressed how impactful the presence of these officers are on the board during these hearing. The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation will continue to vehemently oppose the parole of these cop killers to ensure the sacrifices of these fallen officers and of the families left behind are not forgotten.

The Foundation thanks the men and woman who made the trip downstate today, forever grateful that they continue to stand by their fallen officers. We will Never Forget!

Remembering Commander Paul Bauer

Statement from the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation on the tragic loss of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation joins all Chicagoans, the Chicago Police Department and all of our brothers and sisters in law enforcement in mourning today’s senseless loss of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer. 

Commander Bauer’s tragic passing is all the more painful to us because Paul was a friend of the Foundation and enthusiastically gave of his time and talents to support our mission to never forget the brave men and women who died in service to this great city. 

The idea that Paul would act so unselfishly and would sacrifice his own safety for the safety of the people of Chicago and his fellow officers comes as no surprise to those of us who knew him.    That does little to lessen the pain that we are all experiencing over this tragic loss, however.

We stand alongside Paul’s wife, daughter, family, colleagues and friends as they grieve this tragic loss.  The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation will provide whatever comfort, support and assistance it can to Paul’s family and loved ones.  We will honor Paul’s legacy as we honor all the lives of our fallen heroes, by ensuring that the sacrifice he and his family made today is always remembered, respected and revered.