Chicago Police Academy Training Lab Named After Fallen Officer

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Officer Michael Gordon, killed in the line-of-duty in 2004 by a drunk driver, was honored last week by the CPD. The Chicago Police Academy training lab, where recruits learn how to administer Breathalyzer tests, has been named after the late officer in a moving ceremony. The former military police officer served on the CPD and Riverside Police Department before he...

Parole Hearings for the Convicted Murderer of Chicago Police Officer Terry Loftus

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Thursday, November 21 – The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation chartered a bus today and brought 22 uniformed Chicago Police Officers to Springfield to attend the En Banc hearing for Ronnie Carrasquillo the convicted murderer of Chicago Police Officer Terry Loftus. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board denied Carasquillo parole by a vote of 12 to 3. They also imposed a...

An Update about Officer Mullen’s Kickstarter Campaign

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CPD Officer Jim Mullen is using Kickstarter to grow his business, Mullen’s Apple Sauce. The largest crowd-funding platform on the Internet, Kickstarter is an online venue where people present their project in hopes of getting funded by contributions from people all over the Internet.  Small contributions coupled with thousands of backers help small upstarts and entrepreneurs raise the needed...

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,...
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