$7,000 Closer To Reaching Our Goal

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Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s efforts to raise $4 million in order to help replace 8,000 bulletproof vests for Chicago police officers will get a funding boost through a grant from UPS. The $7,000 grant will directly impact the initiative, “Get Behind the Vest.”  Developed in 2014, the program will help pay for the high price tag of vests. “Since...

Firehouse Subs(R) Heats Up Chicago with $190,000 Worth of Life-Saving Tools

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Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Awards Grant to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Get Behind the Vest Initiative. Pictured are: Art Hannus (CPMF Board President), John Gordon (CPMF Project Manager) and Phil Cline (CPMF Executive Director). Our Thanks for Don Fox, Robin Peters, Robin Sorenson, and the rest of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation’s staff! Thank you for...

Unique Quilt Honors All Chicago Police Officers

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  From: Fox32Chicago CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) – Law enforcement officers will tell you they are all cut from the same cloth. Well, this week on Chicago Stories, a stunning creation symbolizes that very belief. After a year of hard work from a dedicated group of eight volunteers, the Quilt to Remember is complete. “We are done. This is...

Beautiful Evergreen Tree Planted at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park Made Possible Through the Generosity of Kaneville Trees, Christy Webber and Cubs Care

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A huge, beautiful evergreen tree has been planted at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park on April 1st.  The tree was originally donated by Laurie Damgaard and Paul Guzzetta of Kaneville Tree Farm to Tom and Laura Ricketts of Cubs Care for display and use during the Christmas season for the team’s Cubs Care charitable events.  After the season...

St. Laurence Supports Get Behind The Vest

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St. Laurence High School Student Council President Frank Murray (from left), student Jimmy Burnett, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation (CPMF) Project Manager John Gordon, Chicago Police Officer Mike Burnett, CPMF volunteer Kate McMahon, St. Laurence Student Council Moderator Karen Mikan, student Sean Burnett and St. Laurence Principal James Muting helped the school raise $650 for a CPMF “Get Behind the...

Brother Rice High School Donates $5,800 to Get Behind the Vest!

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Brother Rice Students and faculty raised funds for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Get Behind the Vest initiative by dropping individual donations into collection boxes stationed at the school. When tallied, the donations totaled $2500. Dr. Kevin Burns, the President of Brother Rice H.S., matched that amount with his own $2500 donation. Finally, an additional $800 came into the...

High School Raises Money for CPD Bulletproof Vests

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As reported originally in the Chicago Sun Times – Brother Rice High School students got to ditch their uniforms for a day, fund-raising to buy bullet proof vests for Chicago Police officers. The one-day fundraiser, held Wednesday at the Catholic school, 10001 S. Pulaski Road, attracted about 700 students of the all-male school and raised $700 for Get Behind...

New Gold Star Families Chairman and Vice Chairman Named

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The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation would like to congratulate Kurt Kaner and Michele Perez on being named the new Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Gold Star Families.  We would also like to thank outgoing Gold Star Families officers Bethany O’Reilly and Donna Marquez for their years of dedicated service to the Gold Star Families.  We are honored to...

2014 Operation Santa Brings Holiday Cheer

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2014 Operation Santa brings holiday cheer to families of fallen officers On December 20th and 21st, Santa and Mrs. Claus traveled in a Secret Service Limousine flanked by dozens of Chicago Police officers, CPMF staff, supporters and well wishers and delivered gifts and holiday cheer to the families of our fallen and catastrophically injured Chicago Police Officers.  In all,...

CPMF Will NEVER Forget Officer Patrick Crowley

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Police Officer Patrick Crowley, 31, was a 10-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 006 District – Tactical Team whe, on September 13, 1976, Officer Crowley and two additional officers were attempting to make an undercover drug bust. During the investigation, Officer Crowley was fatally wounded by Willie Lewis. He was survived by his parents, and...

Sons of Fallen Officer Make Donation to Get Behind the Vest

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On September 2, 1945 Detectives Charles Brady and Det. George Hellstern only had 40 minutes left on their shift. Det. Brady was looking forward to getting home because it was his oldest son Charles’s 13th birthday. But being good detectives they saw a suspicious man outside at currency exchange at Clark and Lunt. They approached Cecil “Red” Smith and...
We Will Never Forget