Today I’m saddened by the news of the Chicago Police officer that was killed in the line of duty. I want to take this moment to talk about the fact that we as citizens owe so much to these public servants. They risk their lives every day to make us safe. They risk that they will not return to their families on any given day. They are selfless people that put the safety others ahead of their own.
Yes sometimes they make a split-second decision that could not be the best, but they have to work so fast in dangerous situations it’s almost impossible. Yes, they are trained, but not every situation you can be prepared for.
Commander Bauer, who worked for the police department for 31 years, was the highest-ranking officer in the city’s Near North police district, which includes tourist attractions like the Magnificent Mile shopping area and Navy Pier. Cmdr. Paul Bauer, 53, was shot to death at the Thompson Center after chasing a man fleeing from tactical officers who tried to stop him, police officials said. Bauer confronted the man, who opened fire as the two struggled, killing the 31-year department veteran, according to police officials and other sources. Bauer had been in the area after attending “active shooter” training, which prepares officers for mass shootings.
Today I want to focus on how important life is. Today is important because you don’t know if you will have tomorrow. Today live fully.
Today I’m donating to the 100 Club Chicago. The 100 Club of Chicago provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This membership-based organization offers several forms of financial assistance, access to resources and moral support. All sworn federal, state, county and local first responders stationed in Cook and Lake Counties are included. If you would like to donate to this amazing organization please do so. The link is below.