Prayer vigil on Monday for Bradley’s officers shot dead in the line of duty

BRADLEY, Ill. – Following the death of Bradley Police Sergeant Marlene Rittmanic and the murder of Officer Tyler Bailey in the line of duty, a vigil of prayer for his ultimate sacrifice and recovery will begin Monday evening.

Planned 70 miles from Bradley at St. Cajetan Catholic Church in the Morgan Park neighborhood, the location is a stronghold for the law enforcement agencies who live there.

The nation’s largest law enforcement union, the Fraternal Order of the Police, said 2021 was the deadliest year on record of gunshots with Illinois, just behind Texas. On Monday, the Bailey family and loved ones of first responders will come together to support the officers.

Participant Maggie Mahoney told WGN News she chose to attend the vigil Monday night to “show our support for law enforcement everywhere, especially Officer Bailey, and to honor Officer Rittmanic “.

Officer Bailey has had two surgeries since being ambushed at a hotel in Bradley several weeks ago.

Bailey’s chief said the surgeries saved the injured officer’s life but there is still a long way to go to recover. Bailey is continuing his recovery at the nearby Oak Lawn Christ Advocate Hospital.

Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th Ward) helped organize the vigil on Monday.

“I think the message we’re trying to send is that our community appreciates their service,” O’Shea said. “Officer Bailey and his family are in our prayers, and we continue to pray for his full recovery. And to let his fellow Bradley Police Department colleagues and all law enforcement know that we appreciate them, care about them and support them. “

Bailey’s family expressed their thanks for the tremendous show of support.

Two people remain in jail, charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the shooting.

A GoFundMe established for Agent Bailey has raised nearly $ 130,000 of the $ 150,000 goal.

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