This morning, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation honors two Chicago Police Officers for their bravery. On December 6th, 2017, around midnight, Officer Michael Fazy and his partner, Officer Brandon Kirby observed two suspects standing near a gas station at 95th and King Drive. It was near zero degrees that night and the officers, aware of numerous car jackings that had taken place in the area, thought they should question the subjects, finding out why they were standing out in the cold. As they approached the subjects, one subject took off, and Officer Kirby followed him on foot while Officer Fazy followed in the squad car. Officer Kirby broadcast the direction of flight while Officer Fazy drove parallel to him in the car.
The subject crossed numerous streets, heading south, running through yards and jumping fences to escape the officers. Officer Fazy drove south to head him off, exited the car to stop the subject while ordering him to show his hands and stop. The subject turned and ran away, around a garage and into a yard where Officer Kirby saw a weapon in the suspects hand and watched as the subject raised the gun shoulder high and fire directly at him. Officer Kirby saw the muzzle flash and hit the ground to avoid the gunfire. Officer Kirby called in a 10-1, shots fired at the police and returned fire. The subject ran back toward Officer Fazy and fired at him, striking Officer Fazy in the hand and in the upper left shoulder area of his vest. The bullet was lodged in Officer Fazy’s vest. Although wounded, Officer Fazy returned fire at the subject who continued to flee.
Additional officers responded to the 10-1 and were able to capture the subject a short distance away from the encounter. The police recovered two guns, a glock .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine and a revolver. The suspect was a felon with multiple convictions for UUW, theft, fleeing and eluding the police and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
This case reminds us the dangers faced everyday by the men and women who patrol our streets. Officer Kirby will never forget the muzzle flash he saw that morning and Officer Fazy recalls that when he was shot, all he could think about was not seeing his unborn child. We are happy to say that Officer Fazy was able to witness the birth of his firstborn son with his wife in January and his hand is recovering.
Phil Cline of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation said: “We applaud Officers Fazy and Kirby for the bravery they put forth on December 6th. It was because of their hard work, that two more guns were removed from the street. We are glad to know they both returned home that night.”
For their valiant efforts that morning, we salute these two officers, and we are proud to make them our April Officers of the month.
ABOUT THE CHICAGO POLICE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
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 $9.3 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 www.cpdmemorial.org