The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, in conjunction with the North Pole, initiated the 7th annual Operation Santa on December 14th and 15th.
Operation Santa delivers Christmas gifts to the families and children of Chicago Police officers killed in the line of duty and those who suffered catastrophic injuries in the line of duty. Gifts were also delivered to the children of officers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
A pointsettia was delivered to the Arlington Heights Police Department for their officer, who was shot and critically injured on Thursday.
Santa and the beautiful Mrs. Claus were provided a Presidential limousine, courtesy of the United States Secret Service, to make their rounds. A large motorcade of Chicago Police, Illinois State Police, and other departments accompanied Santa and Mrs. Claus.
On Saturday, Operation Santa delivered gifts in the western and northwest suburbs, and the North Side of Chicago. On Sunday, they will travel on the South and Southwest.
The motto of the Chicago Police Department regarding its fallen and catastrophically injured officers is, "Never Forget". On this day the families of these officers were remembered.
Note, there are few captions in the photo gallery. They are not necessary, as the photos speak for themselves.
I would like to thank former Superintendent of Police Phil Cline, the Executive Director of the Memorial Foundation, for allowing me to tag along and photograph Operation Santa.
I would also like to thank Chicago Police Commander Chris Georges for providing me transportation during the event.
Operation Santa and all the work of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is made possible by your kind donations.
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