Eddie Johnson

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Chicago Police Superintendent On 2 Officers' Deaths: 'We'll Get Through It'

July 10, 2018 - 6:50 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- For the second time in less than 48 hours, a Chicago Police officer from the South Side Calumet police district has died unexpectedly. 

Supt. Eddie Johnson led a special roll call at the police station, at 727 E. 111th St., for the officers Tuesday, shortly after the second officer died.            

The latest officer to die collapsed while on duty. She was 47, a 13-year veteran of the force, was assigned to patrol and was the mother of two. 

Johnson says those who knew her said she was an incredible person.

A department spokesperson says a different officer who committed suicide Sunday night was assigned to narcotics. That officer also was the parent of two and shot himself in his unmarked car with his service revolver. 

Johnson said he was a hard worker. 

The superintendent’s message to department personnel: You are not alone. 

He said the department is “light years ahead” of where it was even 10 years ago in assisting officers touched by tragedy or in need of assistance. That includes newly-expanded peer support, employee assistance and chaplains’ programs. 

He says these are “difficult days” for the department but added: “We’ll get through it.”