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Ceremony set to honor fallen police officers

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:06 p.m. CDT

LYONS – The 13th annual Cook County Police Memorial Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cermak Woods Forest Preserve, 7601 W. Ogden Ave., Lyons.

The event will honor police officers killed in the line of duty, notably Trooper James Sauter of the Illinois State Police Department who was killed March 28, 2013, and Cuauhtemoc Estrada of the Cook County Sheriff’s Department of Corrections who was killed Dec. 20, 2013.

Others recognized will be historical honorees, Officer Leo Nicholas of the Cook County Sheriff ’s Department of Corrections, who died June 22, 1932, and Officer Robert McCarthy of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police, who died Aug. 24, 1931.

The event features more than 80 police squad cars and motorcycles in procession, the bagpipes of the Emerald Society and a police helicopter flyover.

An honor guard of local Boy Scouts and Police Explorers will join more than 400 police officers and surviving family members of officers killed in the line of duty from Cook County.

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, will be keynote speaker and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez also will attend.

The event will be at the proposed site of the Cook County Peace Officers Memorial.

Through efforts of the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County and the Cook County Forest Preserve, a portion of the site has been dedicated to building a permanent memorial. The foundation is raising funds to complete the estimated $2.5 million project.

For information, call 708-424-6749 or visit www.pomfcc.org.

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