Fallen Heroes

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, Commander Paul Bauer was at the building in the 100 block of West Randolph Street in Chicago's Loop when he saw a man who matched the description of an offender wanted by tactical officers in the area. A confrontation occurred,...

On the evening of January 7, 1997 while assigned to the 008th District, Officer Van Vegten and his partner responded to a “shots fired” call at 43rd and Latrobe Avenue near the LeClaire Courts public housing development. En route to the scene, the officers spotted...

Tuesday September 5, 2017, Officer Domagala succumbed to complications from a gunshot wound inflicted in the line of duty on July 14, 1988. Officer Domagala is survived by his wife and three sons. While on duty as a member of the Hostage, Barricade, and Terrorist Unit...

Lawrence Matthews died in the line of duty on Saturday, June 10, 2017 after collapsing while assisting during a fire at a mobile home park in Harvey. Firefighter Matthews had served on the Dolton Fire Department since 2009, and is survived by his wife and four children....

Jason Gallero died in the line of duty on Thursday, September 15, 2016 after collapsing while participating in a colors run at the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Training Academy, where he served as a highly respected instructor to recruits of the Cook County Sheriff’s office and...

Oak Park Firefighter Kenneth K. Harris died, at the age of 56, Monday January 11th just hours after finishing his 24-hour shift and working another six hours of fire prevention work. Firefighter Harris was a 28-year veteran of the Oak Park Fire Department. He is survived...

Dan Capuano, 42, was battling a warehouse fire on 92nd and Baltimore when he fell through an elevator shaft. Firefighter Capuano had served with the Chicago Fire Department for 15 years and the Evergreen Park Fire Department before then. He is survived by his wife and...

Mark Zielinski, 49, was “rendering emergency medical aid” to a shopper who needed CPR at the Walmart at 21410 S. Cicero Ave. in Matteson when he died, according to Matteson Fire Chief Chris Schwalbe and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Firefighter Zielinski had served with the Matteson Fire Department...

Officer Jim Morrissy, 63, of the 15000 block of Laramie Avenue in Oak Forest, was pronounced dead at 8:01 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Morrissy was with the department for 34 years. He is survived by his wife...

Investigator Cuauhtemoc Estrada died on December 20th at the age of 50. Estrada was hosting a family party on the evening of the 20th when two armed men attempted to rob his daughter and her boyfriend in the adjacent parking lot. Estrada was fatally shot...