Service Marks 1 Year Since Police Commander Was Slain

Steve Miller
February 13, 2019 - 3:55 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It has been one year since Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was shot and killed, and Wednesday his family and law enforcement officials marked the date with a memorial service at the Thompson Center.

On Feb. 13, 2018, Bauer was killed by a man he was trying to arrest.

"He did not give his life. It was taken from us by a four-time convicted felon. It was stolen,” Chicago Police Department Chaplain Dan Brandt said.

Bauer's daughter, Grace, was there, of about 10 family members in all. 

"I remember the day like it was yesterday,” Bauer's brother-in-law, John Molloy, said.

"I got the call and it changed our lives. In such a profound way."

The service was in the atrium of the Thompson Center, not far from the spot where Bauer was shot.

"It was good to see a lot of people that we know. And it was good to see strangers up on the mezzanine looking down,” Molloy said. "That means a lot, when strangers come and pay their respects."

Bauer's widow, Erin, was not at the public service.

"It's hard for her to be here," her brother said. "I don't think she wants to be here in this building.  I don't think she wants ever to come near this building again."