A college student who was 4 years old when his father died celebrated a survivors’ network during his remarks at Thursday’s police memorial service on the grounds of the state Capitol.   The annual observance for Illinois police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice included the names of two Chicago police officers killed in 2011 and four deputies whose deaths in earlier decades were recently unearthed by research.


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Keith Dorwart, a University of Illinois student from Jacksonville said, “To the new survivors … there are many challenges you have faced, and there are many you will continue facing, day in and day out. You are not facing these challenges alone.” Dorwart’s father, a Warren County drug officer, died in a winter-weather car crash while on duty in 1994.


The men honored today:


  • Officer Paul Nauden, Chicago Police Dept., died May 20, 2011
  • Officer Clifton Lewis, Chicago Police Dept., died Dec. 29, 2011
  • Deputy Sheriff Leonard Gordon, DuPage County Sheriff’s Dept., died Sept. 27, 1929
  • Deputy Sheriff Ralph Hoy, DuPage County Sheriff’s Dept., died Sept. 27, 1929
  • Officer William Pottow, Jr., Cook County Sheriff’s Dept., died June 6, 1945
  • Officer Leonard Hurwitz, Cook County Sheriff’s Dept., died June 9, 1945




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