Dear Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Board Members,
My name is Elizabeth O’Reilly. My father was Sgt. Philip J. O’Reilly, EOW, 3-16-2003. He died on duty working in the 20th district in a traffic accident, when a tow truck ran into his squad car. My brother and I were 5 and 6 years old at the time, old enough to remember him and what kid of father he was.
I want to thank you for the tuition assistance given to me for the past 6 years, attending Catholic grade school and then Trinity High School in River Forest. I just graduated from high school and will be attending University of Iowa in the fall. I know my father would be proud of my accomplishments and could relate to the Catholic education provided, the kind he would have wanted to give me.
I am grateful for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, never forgetting an officer and their families, realizing that they were real people with someone who loved them and still loves them no matter how long it has been. I think of what it takes to be a police officer, commitment and compassion for the community while maintaining safety. I am amazed and will try to carry on these attributes in the future.
It’s been some time but I wanted to reach out and thank you so much for your support back in October. We were so grateful then, as that gesture helped take a major stressor away. I guess it’s one thing to say thanks when you receive something so generous, it’s another to validate how much that really helped take a load off my plate as I adjusted to the unknown..
Over the last month, Anthony’s made such great improvements and has a much better clarity about him. Although he barely remembers his 6 weeks in the hospital, he does remember you and Commander Panepinto visiting and is equally as touched as I am.
Anthonys stable right now. His MRI this past Monday was ok and his right side mobility is so much better. He’s aggressively working on improving his hand functionality and really hopes to be able to return to light duty in a few months. Praying that he continues this speedy recovery to keep his job.
I just wanted to write to say that thank you again. You guys are angels. Please share our gratitude with anyone else that helped make that gift possible.