FALLEN PEACE OFFICERS TO BE HONORED IN MEMORIAL CEREMONY
Sunday, May 9, 2010 —Police officers and other law enforcement personnel from as many as sixty different departments are expected to be on hand Monday, May 10th for the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County’s Annual Memorial Ceremony. The ceremony, now in its ninth year, honors Cook County Peace Officers who have been killed in the line of duty. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Cermak Woods Forest Preserve, 7601 W. Ogden Avenue, Lyons and is open to the public.
The Memorial Ceremony focuses primarily on those killed within the last year. This year Chicago Police Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez will be honored. On June 1, 2009, Valadez and his partner were questioning residents about a report of shots fired when a car pulled up and someone started shooting at them. Officer Valadez was shot twice and died a short while later. He had been a police officer for 3 years.
The ceremony will also pay tribute to three historical honorees who have died in the line of duty.
- Officer Michael Robbins, Chicago Police Department, died on September 13, 2008 from injuries sustained when he was shot while on duty 14 years earlier. He had been a police officer for 8 years.
- Deputy Richard Vail of the Cook County Sheriff’s office, died March 13, 1969 after suffering a heart attack during a struggle with a suspect. He had been with the Sheriff’s office for a year and a half.
- Deputy Frank Dannenberg of the Cook County Sheriff’s office, died December 25, 1967 after being beaten while serving an eviction notice. He had been with the Sheriff’s office for nine months.
The Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County recently lobbied to have the names of Deputy Vail and Deputy Dannenberg added to the National Memorial Wall. They will be added May 15th as part of National Peace Officer Memorial Day.
In addition to the officers, Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez will be presented with the Foundation Award for her work in criminal justice.
The Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County was formed in 2001 and is comprised of law enforcement officers from throughout Cook County. Their primary goal is to establish a permanent police memorial dedicated to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty or killed while in the performance of duty. The Cook County Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners has already donated the land in Cermak Woods where the ceremony takes place and the foundation is currently working to raise the funds for the permanent memorial. For more information on the foundation go to www.pomfcc.org/.