CPD Receive $5K Donation From Physician Organization In Honor Of Mercy Victims

Mike Krauser
December 15, 2018 - 3:01 pm

Mike Krauser/WBBM Newsradio


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent  has, for the second year, donated $5,000 dollars to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation for the purchase of bullet-proof vests. 

Dr. Salman Aftab, with the Westmont organization, said the donation is being made in the memory of Officer Samuel Jiminez and doctor Tamara O’Neill and pharmacy resident Dana Less, all shot to death at Mercy Hospital shooting.

“Doctors are often at the forefront in the battle against violence, side-by-side with the police and that’s why we are here today," Aftab said at the police headquarters. "CPD deserves our gratitude for the work that they do.”   

Aftab said these are difficult times for the community and without dedication from the police, it would be more difficult.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said this is a hugely generous donation for the officers. He said when officers join the force the city buys their first vest, which is rougly $500. After that, they’re on their own. 

“The expiration (of the vest) date is, like, five years," Johnson said. "So, you look at me. I have thirty years on the job. You count it up in terms of how many vests I should have gone through. But what happens is police officers are people too. They have obligations like mortgage payments, tuition.” 

He said most probably wait seven to eight years to get a new vest. The APPD donation will greatly fill the need for new vests to better protect Chicago police officers and get them off the hook for being outdated.

Mike Krauser/WBBM Newsradio