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EIGHT FALLEN OFFICERS SET
TO BE REMEMBERED

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Sunday, March 28, 2010 — After years of discussion and planning, an effort to memorialize the eight Cook County Sheriff’s Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty will come to completion Monday, as Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart unveils a shrine to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

At 11 a.m. Monday in the auditorium at Triton College in River Grove, Dart will be joined by the families of the eight officers, some of whom worked for the Cook County Highway Police, as the unit was known until the 1950s.

“It is an honor to be able to pay these men the proper respect they so richly deserve,” Dart said. “Their families deserve to know how much we appreciate their sacrifice and the place each of the officers will forever hold within our department.”

The 8x10-foot cherry wood display includes placeholders for each of the officers. Though it will be dedicated Monday at Triton College, it will be permanently displayed at the entrance to the Cook County Sheriff’s Police headquarters in Maywood.

The display is the culmination of years of research and outreach by several sheriff’s officers who were determined to locate surviving family members to ensure all eight officers were properly recognized for their sacrifice.

Each officer will have a 15x20-inch display in the custom-built cabinet. A rendering of the officer will be displayed on a 8x10-inch magnesium plate, along with a description of the circumstances of the officer’s death. Additionally, a sheriff’s patch and star will be placed in the officer’s display.

The display is funded entirely by asset forfeiture funds, money which has been seized from criminals arrested over the years by sheriff’s police officers.

The officers who will be recognized and their dates of death are:

 

Sheriff Dart thanks the members of the department’s Memorial Planning Committee: Chief DeWayne Holbrooke, 1st Deputy Chief Michael Smith, Executive Officer John Konrad, Deputy Chief Ray Farinella, Lt. Michael Goldsmith, Sgt. Bonnie Busching, Officers Juan Claudio, Maureen Donohoe and Kendall Evans, Investigator Jeff Lange, Deputy Gina Morrison and the Sheriff’s Police Training Academy for their extensive efforts in researching, developing and organizing the memorial and service.

He also thanks Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados and her staff, the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, the Police Memorial Collectors Association, Artistic Engraving, A&H Litho Print and the hundreds of men and women who continue to protect and serve through the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department.

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