Photo Album for 2022

 
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26 May 2022: Chicago Police Officer Jose Saldana was presented a handmade quilt by Chaplain Joseph Jackson and Chaplain Hysni Selenica on behalf of Quilts for Cops. On April 17, 2022 Officer Saldana while on patrol was assisting a unit trying to located and put a stop on wanted offenders fleeing a vehicle. Officer Saldana and his partner spotted the wanted vehicle stopped in traffic. Officer Salanda exit his vehicle and went onto the sidewalk on foot to observe the offending vehicle. The offending vehicle then drove onto the sidewalk and ran over Officer Saldana, at which point the offending vehicle fled the scene.
 
 
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01 MAY 2022: It was great for the other full-time CPD Chaplains and me to see so many Department members at the 90th annual St. Jude March. I also bumped into two old friends: PO Terri Chavez and PO Tena AlFarah. They, along with thousands of other Department members (even retired members and officers on furlough) came out to honor our fallen. Having been a few years since we have been able to gather, the list of recently (since May of 2019) deceased department members included 59 names. May they rest in peace! 
 
 
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30 APR 2022: Fr. Dan Brandt enjoys a beer with Chicago White Sox legend Ron Kittle. The venue was Horse Thief Hollow on South Western Avenue, a CPD-friendly business. The event raised funds for police charities as bartenders tapped a special lager made just for this occasion. The unique and tasty beer--dedicated to our hard-working officers--was aptly named, “Cancelled RDO.”
 
 
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21 APR 2022: Congratulations to Detective Henry Lai
and hundreds of other worthy recipients of Department Commendations at the Superintendent's Award Ceremony. Keep making us proud of you!
 
 
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09 APR 2022: The Chicago Wolves take on the Manitoba Moose (beating the Moose 2-1 in overtime!). There was a HUGE CPD presence because the Wolves honored our Chaplains Unit and the officers we serve as their "Hometown Hero of the Game." Fr. Dan Brandt was invited to center ice to be recognized and stayed to join Wayne Messmer for the singing of the Canadian and American National Anthems. A good evening was had by all, and 15% of ticket sales was shared by the Wolves as a donation to Police Chaplains Ministry.
 
 
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April 6, 2022: Chicago Police Officer Brad Finnern and Officer Alexander Watanabe was presented a handmade quilt by Directing Chaplain Father Dan Brandt on behalf of Quilt for Cops. On January 14, 2022 Officer Finnern and Officer Watanabe while on patrol were driving through the intersection of Laramie and Fullerton when a vehicle speed through a red light and struck the officers police vehicle. The striking vehicle driver was placed into custody for DUI. Officer Finnern and Officer Watanabe suffered severe injuries from the cause of the accident.
 
 
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March 31, 2022: Chicago Police Officer Patryk Prasak received a handmade quilt presented by Chaplain Joseph Jackson on behalf of Quilts for Cops. On December 10, 2021 Officer Patryk Prasak and his partner Officer Deyvy Vazquez while on patrol were approaching the intersection and coming to a complete stop at 7600 S Cottage Grove Ave at around 10:30 p.m. on a rainy night. The traffic lights were flashing red in all directions. As their vehicle started to enter into the intersection, at this point a speeding vehicle with no lights on struck their marked police vehicle. Both officers where severely injured during their tour of duty.
 
 
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March 31, 2022: Chicago Police Officer Julius Givens was presented a handmade quilt by Lt. Mark Kochan on behalf of Quilts for Cops. On December 1, 2021 Office Givens and his partner identified a stolen vehicle at which point the officers curbed the vehicle. As Officer Givens approached the vehicle and asking the occupants to exit. At this point an offender started shooting from the vehicle. Officer Givens was trying to race for cover as he was firing back at the offender. Officer Givens suffered a gun shot wound to his leg while in the performance of his tour of duty.
 
 
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March 30, 2022: Chicago Police Officer Deyvy Vazquez received a handmade quilt presented by Chaplain Joseph Jackson on behalf of Quilts for Cops. On December 10, 2021 Officer Deyvy Vazquez and his partner Officer Patryk Prasak while on patrol were approaching the intersection and coming to a complete stop at 7600 S Cottage Grove Ave at around 10:30 p.m. on a rainy night. The traffic lights were flashing red in all directions. As their vehicle started to enter into the intersection, at this point a speeding vehicle with no lights on struck their marked police vehicle. Both officers where severely injured during their tour of duty.
 
 
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March 24, 2020: Chicago Police Officer Nebojsa Djurdjevic was presented a handmade quilt by Chaplain Hysni Selenica and Chaplain Joseph Jackson on behalf of Quilts for Cops. On December 4, 2021 Officer Djurdjevic observed a large group of offenders punching and kicking a CTA bus driver to the ground. As Officer Djurdjevic was running to help the victim, an offender with a metal pipe was about to strike the victim on the head. At this point Officer Djurdjevic tackled the offender to the ground and saving the victim of greater bodily harm or death. While in the performance of his duties, Officer Djurdjevic suffered a sever break to his arm. His action and sacrifice helped preserve the life of the victim.
 
 
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March 24, 2022: Chicago Police Officer Anthony Graffeo and Officer Matthew Pufpaf were presented a handmade quilt by Chaplain Hysni Selenica and Chaplain Joseph Jackson on behalf of Quilts for Cops. On March 4, 2020 Officer Pufpaf was standing in line ordering lunch at a hot dog stand. The offender was standing in the same line paying for his food, at this point the offenders gun fell from his waistband on the ground. As Officer Pufpaf observed the gun hit the ground. The offender then picked up the gun and shot at Officer Pufpaf, at which point he fell to the ground while suffering a gun shot wound to the head. The offender then went towards the police car and shot several times at Officer Graffeo. Officer Graffeo suffered a gun shot wound to his leg. The offender then fled on foot and was shortly apprehended and placed into custody.
 
 
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March 22, 2022: Chicago Police Officer Andres Crisantos received a handmade quilt presented by Chaplain Hysni Selenica and Chaplain Robert Montelongo on behalf of Quilts for Cops. On November 14, 2021 Officer Crisantos and his partner responded to a call at the CTA Blue Line train platform. At which point both officers were attempting to apprehend an offender who had just stabbed a victim several times with a knife prior to arriving on scene. Officer Crisantos was struck on the head with a guitar by the offender leading to a long struggle on trying to take control and placing the offender in custody. Officer Crisantos suffered a laceration and a broken hand during the time of this incident.
 
 
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March 18, 2022: Chicago Police Officer Edward Poppish was presented a handmade quilt by Lt. Daniel Allen and Chaplain Hysni Selenica on behalf of Quilts for Cops. On November 4, 2021 Officer Poppish responded to a call to assist firefighters who were trying to extinguish a fire. A mental who started the fire was aggressively attacking the firefighters in order to prevent them from putting out the fire. Officer Poppish and other officers rushed in to apprehend the mental, at which point a struggle occurred between the mental and Officer Poppish. During this struggle Officer Poppish suffered severe smoke inhalation and other injuries while in the performance his tour of duty.
 
 
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21 MAR 2022: Newly-promoted Detective Sarah Lombardi gets sworn in along with 97 other new detectives. Congratulations on your promotion...now go solve some crimes!
 
 
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12 FEB 2022: Fr. Dan Brandt joins members of the Emerald Society, Alderman Matt O’Shea, and others for a radio-thon benefiting the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s “Get Behind the Vest” initiative. Over $200,000 was raised during the four-hour show hosted by 720 am WGN Radio.
 
 
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12 FEB 2022: Directed by Chaplain Kimberly Lewis-Davis, our full-time CPD chaplains participated in a CPD marriage retreat in Itasca on Valentines Day weekend. A dozen or so CPD couples participated, learning Covey’s “Eight Habits to a Healthy Marriage.” Thank you as always, Kim, for all your hard work! As many participants quipped, “What an amazing weekend!”
 
 
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10 FEB 2022: The Upper Room Club convened at Pizano’s in the south loop. Thanks to CPD Chaplain Hysni Selenica, the group (mostly Christian) learned about the many differences but far more similarities between Christianity and Islam. Thank you, Hysni, for a most enlightening evening. And thank you, Pizano’s, for always so generously hosting our group!
 
 
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February 7, 2022: Chicago Police Officer Eboni Adams-Jones received a handmade quilt presented by Chaplain Kimberly Lewis-Davis on behalf of Quilts for Cops.

On January 14, 2022 Officer Adams-Jones and her partner Officer Aliscia Doriety were responding to a call as they were driving through the intersection of 71st and Stony Island, when a speeding vehicle went through the red light and struck their police vehicle. Both officers suffered injuries while in the performance of their tour of duty.
 
 
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February 3, 2022: Chicago Police Officer Aliscia Doriety received a handmade quilt from Quilts for Cops.

On January 14, 2022 Officer Doriety and her partner Adams-Jones were responding to a call as they were driving through the intersection of 71st and Stony Island, when a speeding vehicle went through the red light and struck their police vehicle. Both officers suffered injuries while in the performance of their tour of duty.
 
 
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February 3, 2022: Chicago Police Officer Irving Sanchez received a handmade quilt from Quilts for Cops.

Both officers suffered duty related injuries in which occurred on August 7, 2021. Officer Sanchez and his partner were responding to a call when a vehicle struck their police vehicle at the location of 2200 W. 21st Place.
 
 
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February 1, 2022: Chicago Police Officer Zachary Carmen was presented a handmade quilt by Chaplain Robert Montelongo and Chaplain Hysni Selenica on behalf of Quilts for Cops.

October 20, 2021: Officer Carmen and his partner were attempting to apprehend an offender at which point Officer Carmen and his partner both suffered a gun shot wound.  
 
 
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February 1, 2022: Chicago Police Officer Christopher Ramey was presented a handmade quilt by Sgt. John Dyckman on behalf of Quilts for Cops.

September 16, 2021: Officer Ramey was detailed in the Chicago Loop area when a vehicle struck Officer Ramey. The impact of the vehicle caused Officer Ramey to fly into the air.
 
 
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10 JAN 2022: Directing Chaplain Fr. Dan Brandt has the honor of judging six chili entries at the Emerald Society's annual chili cook-off. Fellow judges are (L-R) Mike "Houli" Houlihan of Hibernian Radio and 911 dispatcher Keith Thornton. Congratulations to the first-, second- and third-place winners.
 
 
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December 23, 2021: Chicago Police Officer Mark Karwatka was presented a hand made quilt from Quilts for Cops, presented by Chaplain Robert Montelongo and Chaplain Hysni Selenica.

July 4, 2021: Officer Karwatka was detailed in the Chicago Loop at around the location of Washington and Wabash, when several explosives and fireworks where thrown and fired at him by aggressive offenders. Officer Karwatka was injured while in the performance of his tour of duty on that night.  
 
 
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December 22, 2021: Chicago Police Officer Shawn Clancy was presented a hand made quilt by Chaplain Robert Montelongo and Chaplain Hysni Selenica on behalf of Quilts for Cops.

August 3, 2021: Officer Clancy was responding to a call when a vehicle struck his police vehicle at around the location of 4800 W. Lake St. Also during the civil unrest in Chicago, August 2020. Officer Clancy leg was severely injured when an aggressive offender threw a cinder block at his knee.
 
 
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December 14, 2021: Chicago Police Officer Matthew Beesley was presented a hand made quilt by Chaplain Robert Montelongo and Chaplain Hysni Selenica on behalf of Quilts for Cops.

August 4, 2021: Officer Beesley was on scene of a homicide investigation while in the performance of his tour of duty, a motorcycle stuck him and pinned him against an ambulance.
 
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