'He Overcame Obstacles Of Life': Chicago Remembers Officer Jimenez

Michele Fiore
November 26, 2018 - 8:54 pm

Michelle Fiore

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DES PLAINES (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Hundreds of Chicago police officers, friends and family members gathered Nov. 26 to honor slain police officer Samuel "Sammy" Jimenez, who died in the Mercy Hospital last week.

His funeral in Des Plaines at the Chapel of St. Joseph at Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe brought Cardinal Cupich of Chicago, pagpipe musicians, state troopers and other officers from around the country to honor the 28-year-old officer, who was remembered as a loving husband, father, friend and colleague.

Jimenez’s wife, Crystal Garcia, stood at the front of a white tent near the entrance to the church as officers carried the casket from the rear of the hearse to the doors of the sanctuary. A folded burial flag was handed to Garcia, who cried as she received it in front of hundreds of uniformed Chicago police officers and state troopers, standing on a snowy driveway outside the chapel. The line of squad cars with flashing red lights went on for miles down River Road, decorated with blue ribbons tied to  snow-covered trees. 

The snowstorm and slushy roads did not stop the long line of supports who came to pay respects to the officer, who had been a police officer only since 2017. Many officers had pins on their jackets that read "In Loving Memory: Police Officer Samuel Jimenez" and they packed the pews during the ceremony.

Governor Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Superintendent Eddie Johnson were among those who spoke to remember Jimenez, calling him a guardian angel and a hero who would be remembered forever in Chicago.

"In his service and sacrifice, he is someone the city of Chicago will always look up to," Emanuel said. 

He said Jimenez was a loving father who wanted to always make his family proud.

"His wife Crystal and their three children were his whole world," he said. "He said he wanted to be someone they could be proud of."

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Officer Hermano Sambrano was with him the day of the shooting and recalled the day's events through tears.

"It is a day I will never forget," Sambrano said of the day Jimenez died. "He was a great man. All he wanted was to go get his coffee, like we always did."

After the funeral, blue ribbons lined trees along the procession route, as squad cars from departments near and far, followed Officer Jimenez to his final resting place.