Backing Up Officer Luis Duarte

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Raised by 379 people in 1 month
Created September 23, 2018
Friends and Family of Luis Duarte
on behalf of Luis Duarte
Officer Luis Duarte is a 4-year veteran of the Cicero, Illinois Police department. Luis grew up in the very same town that he protects. Luis, who has always had a passion for helping his community, had previously worked for Cicero’s Community Outreach Department providing outreach and mentor services to youth. He was also an active leader of a local church youth group at St. Anthony Church. Luis is a proud husband and father to a 10 month old boy.

During rush hour on September 13, 2018, Officer Duarte was on duty when he and his partner attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver exited the vehicle and immediately began shooting at the officers, striking Officer Duarte, who fell to the ground. The shooter walked towards Officer Duarte and continued firing at him, striking him in the arm, legs, and chest, ultimately striking Officer Duarte six times. Unable to walk, Officer Duarte dragged himself under his car for shelter and radioed over his injuries.

Cicero Police placed the shooter, who had two active warrants out of California, under arrest. The quick response of assisting officers, paramedics and the trauma team at Mt. Sinai Hospital, gave Officer Duarte the opportunity to live another day.

Although he survived this violent encounter, Officer Duarte has a long road to recovery. In addition to multiple surgeries to remove bullets and fragments from his body, the doctors placed metal rods in his right leg to repair the bones that were shattered by bullets. He will also be undergoing physical therapy to help heal nerve damage sustained to his left leg.

Officer Duarte, his wife and ten month old boy will be working on recovering from this traumatic event together. During this time they will inevitably accumulate medical and other expenses compounded by the loss of a portion of his wages. Officer Duarte is the sole provider of income in his household, so we are asking for good people to help with any donation they can afford. Police officers help keep us safe every day and we now have the opportunity to help an officer and his family in their time of need.

Officer Duarte and his family need your help. Please support Officer Duarte and his family with a donation.


ABC News Officer Duarte Calls for Back Up: "I've Been Shot Several Times":   https://abc7chicago.com/police-officer-shot-at-i-55-and-cicero-ave/4236140/?sf197631567=1 

ABC News: Officer Duarte Welcomed Home by Police and Family:   https://goo.gl/H7sNa1


Photo of Luis, Sonia and Isaiah taken before the incident.
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$31,116 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 379 people in 1 month
Created September 23, 2018
Friends and Family of Luis Duarte
on behalf of Luis Duarte
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