Slain Police Commander Honored At Charity Basketball Game

Michele Fiore
March 06, 2018 - 8:06 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police Officers tipped off Monday night against Cook County Sheriff's Deputies in a charity basketball event honoring fallen Commander Paul Bauer at the United Center.

The battle of the badges game raised just under $5,000. The money is going to two things including the Peace Officer Memorial Foundation for Fallen Officers in Cook County and the "My Block, My Hood, My City" program to help at risk youth. 

And while players for CPD wore blue and those for Cook County wore black, a video tribute to Commander Bauer brought both teams together for a sense of unity.

Tickets to the 1st annual CPD vs. Cook County charity basketball game were $30 and included nose-bleed seats to the 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls home game.

CPD won the game, defeating the Cook County team 53-45.

Cook County Sheriff's Deputy Claudia Martin organized the event.  She started planning for it back in December, well before Commander Bauer was shot in the line of duty.  She said it just made sense to dedicate the game to him because his death is a great loss to everyone in law enforcement.

"It hurt so bad," Martin said of Bauer's killing. "We were at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building. I'll never forget the day he was shot and killed."