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Chicago's Top Cop, Officers Are There For Colleague's Young Son

June 08, 2018 - 5:26 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – The son of a Chicago police officer killed in the line of duty got a surprise on his last day of school. 

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson and about a dozen officers stood in the rain outside Annunciata Catholic School to greet Alex Valadez Jr. on his last day of second grade.

Alex Valadez Sr. was killed in 2009 while investigating a report of shots fired in West Englewood. The man who shot him was sentenced to 125 years in prison.

Johnson still remembers that night, saying, “It's difficult when you lose a colleague, in the fashion that he did, but it's even more difficult when you know he's left a child behind that never got a chance to meet him."

Young Alex shook hands with all the officers who came out, posed for pictures, played with a police dog and joined his classmates in petting a couple of police horses in the school's parking lot.

This is not the first Johnson and officers surprised Alex at the school.

Two years ago, they came out for his kindergarten graduation.