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SHERIFF DART TO ATTEND CEREMONY HONORING FALLEN OFFICERS

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Friday, May 8, 2015Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart will join the families of fallen officers tomorrow at the 14th Annual Cook County Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony. The ceremony will honor the more than 700 officers who have died in the line of duty in Cook County.

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

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, a silent police motorcade with 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 fallen officers are from more than 65 federal, state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies that operate every day in Cook County. The ceremony will include paying tribute to Oak Forest Police Officer James P. Morrissy, who was killed in March 2014. His family will be present.

The event will also recognize three historical honorees: Rogers Park Police Officer Clarence Bixler, who was killed in 1892; Illinois Central Railroad Police Chief Cyrus E. Van Sickle, who was killed in 1916, and New York Central Railroad Police Officer William M. Burke, who was killed in 1922.

Also attending the event are Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel, Park Forest Deputy Police Chief Paul Winfrey and several Cook County Commissioners.

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.

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