Supporting Fallen Officers
A public art display of giant German Shepherd statues will adorn the Magnificent Mile this summer in a fundraising campaign for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter.
The campaign is similar to the artful police horse statues that you may remember seeing on the Mag Mile a couple of years ago.
Our Certified Charity GoFundMe drive seeks to raise $2,500 to be donated directly to the K9 For Cops effort from "Friends of the Town Hall Police District."
There is no middleman on this campaign.
If we reach our $2,500 minimum goal, PAWS and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation will net over $2,000 after GoFundMe deducts its fees.
Achieving our goal will make "Friends Of The Town Hall Police District" a Gold Sponsor of K9 For Cops. That's something we will all celebrate!
Should we fall short of our goal, GoFundMe will still direct-transfer every penny raised to the charities.
Let's all chip in to show our officers and our furry pals that they have friends in our neighborhood!
K-9s For Cops: Huge German Shepherd Statues To Dot Magnificent Mile (DNAInfo Chicago)
K9 statues will help decorate city streets this summer while helping raise money (WGN-TV)
200 dog statues will honor fallen police, help officers, aid PAWS Chicago (Chicago Tribune)
Information about the charities and the campaign
• The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes. The Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago police officers who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.
• PAWS Chicago has been building no-kill communities since 1998.
K9s For Cops official sponsorship page
PAWS Chicago and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Partner for 'K9s for Cops' Public Art Campaign
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation: Our Mission
PAWS Chicago: Our History
All photos are courtesy of DNAinfo Chicago
Sgt. Alan Haymaker
Sergeant Alan Haymaker was a third-generation 21-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department when he was dispatched to a burglary in progress call at a now-defunct Verizon Wireless store, 3176 North Clark, on February 22, 2010.
While driving southbound on Lake Shore Drive, Haymaker drove over a patch of ice. His vehicle veered off of the drive and slammed into a tree at Irving Park Road. He later died at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Haymaker was survived by his wife, Elaine; three daughters, Melina, Amanda, and Elyse; three brothers, two sisters, and his parents, Catherine and Harry.
He was 56.
One man was charged in connection with the Verizon burglary. He was sentenced to five years and was subsequently released after serving half of that time. He was convicted of burglary again less than a year after being set free and is now serving a 9-year sentence.
Officer Richard Francis
Officer Francis, a 27-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was patrolling alone when he responded to a routine call of a disturbance onboard a CTA bus near Belmont and Western on July 2, 2008.
When he arrived on-scene, Francis encountered a woman who frequently had contact with the police.
As he worked to resolve the situation, the woman grabbed his weapon and shot Francis in the head. He fell to the ground motionless. The woman then shot him two more times. Francis died at the scene.
His killer went on to fire at other responding officers who returned fire. The woman was shot, but recovered fully and is sentenced to life in prison.
“You took a loving husband from his wife one year before he was planning to retire,” the judge said at the woman's sentencing. “You took a devoted father from two daughters that weren’t even his own. You took away from them the man who cared for them.”
Officer Francis was survived by his wife Deborah; and two step-daughters, Bianca and Amanda.
Francis was 60-years-old.
By the way, Jeffrey, we'll need an artist to design and decorate our dog. Maybe you'd be interested?
Fred, donations to PAWS and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation qualify as tax deductible.
Jeffrey, the location is not up to us unless a higher amount of money is raised. About $5K, I think. We can take possession of the dog for placement in an appropriate place after the public display. That threshold is $2,500 net or about $2,800
Thank very much you for putting this fund together. A quick question...any thought yet on the placement for the sculpture after the showing on Michigan Ave.? With the Horses of Honor program the sculpture was returned to its sponsors who either placed the work on their property or elsewhere or auctioned it off with the proceeds going to the foundation.
Are donations to this effort tax deductible, since both organizations benefiting are 501(C)(3)?