In most jobs, you go home when the work is done. For members of the police community, that’s not assured. Two of the 69 Medal of Honor awards handed out in Springfield Monday were posthumous, and both were members of the Chicago Police Department. Officer Michael Bailey had just gotten off work when he was gunned down outside his house; and Officer Michael Flisk was investigating a burglary when, police say, the suspect returned to the scene of the crime and killed him.
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Flisk’s brother, Tim, also a Chicago police officer, attended the ceremony. “I miss him every day,” he said. “When we were kids, CB’s, beer can collecting, cars, girls; he did it all. And he was always the first in the neighborhood to have whatever the fad was at the time.” “We’re all one family,” says State Police director Hiram Grau, noting the range of departments represented among the honorees, from small-town departments to county and state police to Chicago. “It shows that, across the state –actually, across the country – we have these really bright and dedicated men and women who take their job seriously and serve and protect.” The ceremony was the first in three years and cover officers who performed actions of bravery and heroism in 2009, 2010, and 2011.