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Sheriff Dart to Attend Ceremony Honoring Fallen Officers

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart will join the families of fallen officers as they remember those killed in the line of duty at the 15th Annual Cook County Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony.

The hour-long ceremony starts at 11 a.m. on May 9 at the Cermak Woods Forest Preserve, 7601 W. Ogden Ave. in Lyons, at the site of the proposed Cook County Peace Officer Memorial dedicated to all fallen officers.

The ceremony will honor the more than 700 officers who have died in the line of duty in Cook County. The fallen officers are from more than 65 federal, state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies that operate every day in Cook County.

The event will also recognize historical honoree, Elmwood Park Police Chief Emil Johnson who was killed in the line of duty on October 5, 1924.

At 10:30 a.m. on May 9, a silent police motorcade consisting of more than 70 police vehicles will depart from Morton College, 3801 S. Central Ave in Cicero, and travel to the site of the ceremony.

The event is hosted by the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring all area officers killed in the line of duty.

For more information about the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County, visit


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