Chicago Police Bring Holiday Spirit To Families Of Slain Officers

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Chicago police officers will spread holiday spirit to the families of Chicago cops who were slain or injured in the line of duty Sunday.

The officers are working with the Police Memorial Foundation and Macy’s for “Operation Santa,” a two-day event, reports ABC 7 Chicago.

During “Operation Santa,” Chicago police officers, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus, drop gifts off at the homes of various families to ease some of the pain of losing a loved one.

“It is perhaps even more important that we remind our families that we will ‘Never Forget’ their sacrifice, especially during the holidays. It is truly an uplifting experience,” the event description reads.

“Holidays is just a stressful time anyway when you lose people in the line of duty it’s even more stressful,” Chicago Police superintendent Eddie Johnson told ABC 7 Chicago.

The group visited the home of fallen officer Michael Gordon Saturday; his daughter was an infant when he died. A drunk driver killed Gordon, who came from a family of law enforcement officers, while he was on duty in 2004. He left behind four children.

“More important than the gifts are showing those families that we haven’t forgotten them,” Phil Cline, executive director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, declared.

As the violence in Chicago rages, police officers often face attacks. Earlier in December, a gunman fired at a Chicago police officer; the officer escaped without injuries.

It was the third attack against law enforcement in one week.

“We’ve had police officers attacked three times this week. By the grace of God, they are here to tell the story. That’s ridiculous. They come to their jobs as if they are the target,” Johnson said.

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