Photo Album for 2024

 
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19 MAY 2024: The Chicago Gearheads hosts their annual car blessing in the Bunker Hill Woods Forest Preserve. It was a beautiful morning and a great opportunity to memorialize our deceased members and pray for safe travels this hot rodding season.

If you'd like information about the Gearheads, visit www.ChicagoGearheads.com.
 
 
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04 MAY 2024: Thank you to St. Catherine Parish in Oak Lawn for remembering our brother Luis!
 
 
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27 APR 2024: Klairmont Kollections Car Museum (3117 N. Knox, Chicago) hosts Police Chaplains Ministry party. Hundreds came out to support a great cause while perusing a museum displaying 400 cars dating back to 1909...not to mention presidential limos and even the Batmobile! Thanks to the all-CPD band, THE ROAD TAKEN, and the Chicago Garda Pipes and Drums for providing musical entertainment...and LaVilla Pizzeria and Binny's Beverage Depot for discounted food/drink. A great time was had by all!
 
 
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20 MAR 2024: Chicago Police Officer Dewayne Smalarz received a handmade quilt from Quilts for Cops. The quilt was presented by Lt. Kristen Donahue, Sgt. Melissa Malm, Chaplain Joseph Jackson and Chaplain Hysni Selenica. Officer Smalarz and his partner were responding to a call with their emergency equipment activated. Their vehicle lost control after crossing the railroad tracks on 95th St. and Wood. At this point their vehicle went off the roadway, striking a bus shelter and hitting a utility pole. Officer Smalarz suffered a broken femur and spin.
 
 
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18 MAR 2024: Chicago Police Officer Daniel Marquez was presented a handmade quilt by Chaplain Hysni Selenica on behalf of Quilts for Cops. On 06 Dec 2023, Officer Marquez and his partner Romo-Nunez responded to a call of a residential fire. Upon arrival Officer Marquez and Officer Romo-Nunez were made aware that someone was inside the residence. The officers rushed onto the porch and kicked the door in, when the porch and roof collapsed on them.
 
 
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16 MAR 2024: At a get-together following the downtown St. Patrick’s Day parade, I had the pleasure of joining Emerald Society bagpipers Kevin Forrest and Paul Kane, along with members of the Garda (the Irish police force). What a wonderful afternoon!
 
 
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14 MAR 2024: Chicago Police Officer Ismarie Canaday received a handmade quilt, presented by 017th District Capt. Chris Bielfeldt and CPD Chaplain Rabbi Moshe Wolf on behalf of Quilts for Cops. On 01 February 2024: Officer Canaday was helping a highly intoxicated migrant and his toddler son from sleeping in the freezing cold just outside of a homeless shelter. The intoxicated person was not able to comply with the shelter's rules. The intoxicated person became verbally and physically aggressive towards Officer Canaday. At which point, Officer Canaday suffered a fractured wrist as she was trying to take control of the aggressive offender.
 
 
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11 MAR 2024: It was an honor to meet up with over-the-road truck driver Mike Starrett and his amazing Blue Line rig. Mike proudly drives his truck which displays the names of all U.S. line-of-duty deaths from the previous year.
This year, he includes our Officers Areanah Preston and Andres Vasquez Lasso.

Mike said, “Watching the police struggle everyday, I want to show more support to them...just to emphasize that there is more positive than negative out there.”

Mike further said that he wants to show people the number of officers killed each year.

Also, to the families of Areanah and Andres, he said: “God Bless You! I am sorry for your loss! If we can do anything to help, please let us know.”

We plan to catch up with Mike again when he has another delivery in the Chicagoland area. Thanks, Mike for all you do! God Bless You!
 
 
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14 FEB 2024: One of many scheduled stops to administer blessed ashes on Ash Wednesday was outside the FOP hall. During the course of the day, well over 1,000 CPD members received ashes to mark the beginning of the Lenten season.
 
 
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06 FEB 2024: Chicago Police Officer Maggie Skowron received a handmade quilt from Quilts for Cops. The quilt was presented by Farther Dan Brandt along with Chaplain Robert Montelongo, Chaplain Joseph Jackson and Chaplain Hysni Selenica. On 08 Jan 2024: Officer Skowron and her partners Officer Walker and Officer Douglas were stopped at the traffic light at 9500 S Cottage Grove. A vehicle driving at a high rate of speed while chasing another vehicle, lost control and smashed into the marked police vehicle. The impact caused their vehicle to go up in the air. Officer Skowron was admitted in the hospital for several days.
 
 
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02 FEB 2024: Chicago Police Officer Justin Douglas received a handmade quilt from Quilts for Cops. The quilt was presented by Chaplain Kimberly Lewis-Davis. On 08 Jan 2024: Officer Douglas and his partners Officer Skowron and Officer Walker were stopped at the traffic light at 9500 S Cottage Grove. A vehicle driving at a high rate of speed while chasing another vehicle, lost control and smashed into the marked police vehicle. The impact caused their vehicle to go up in the air. Officer Douglas suffered head and body injuries.
 
 
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01 FEB 2024: Chicago Police Officer Jermaine Walker received a handmade quilt from Quilts for Cops. The quilt was presented by Chaplain Joseph Jackson and Chaplain Hysni Selenica. On 08 Jan 2024: Officer Walker and his partners Officer Skowron and Officer Douglas were stopped at the traffic light at 9500 S Cottage Grove. A vehicle driving at a high rate of speed while chasing another vehicle, lost control and smashed into the marked police vehicle. The impact caused their vehicle to go up in the air. Officer Walker suffered head and body injuries.
 
 
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03 JAN 2024: Chicago Police Officer Marcos Romo-Nunez was presented a handmade quilt by Father Dan Brandt on behalf of Quilts for Cops. On 06 Dec 2023, Officer Romo-Nunez and his partner responded to a call of a residential fire. Upon arrival Officer Romo-Nunez and his partner were made aware that someone was inside the resident. The officers rush on the porch and kicked the door in, when the porch and roof collapsed on them.
 
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