Chicago Police Salute Soderberg

Thor Soderberg killed last July outside police facility during robbery attempt

By Charlie Wojciechowski
|  Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011  |  Updated 4:15 PM CDT
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Thor Soderberg's wife, Jennifer Loudon, says the "health and the welfare and the well-being of every person in this community... is the responsibility of all of us."

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In a solemn ceremony with his family and Mayor Richard Daley in attendance, the Chicago Police Department on Tuesday retired the star of slain officer Thor Soderberg.

"Thor believed he was the privileged one to have had the opportunity to serve and protect," said Supt. Jody Weis.

Soderberg, was shot to death was in July of 2010 outside an Englewood police facility while he struggled with a man who attempted to rob him.

His wife, Jennifer Louden, wiped away a tear as his star (#14767) was placed in the department's case of honor. She said no matter what the circumstance, her husband was always ready to help someone in need.

"He would want us to know it is never too late to do the right thing," said Louden.

The 43-year-old training officer was assigned to "Operation Project Youth" at the time of his death. Of Soderberg's years at the Police Academy, Daley said, "he will live on as an inspiration to all the members of the Chicago Police force that he trained."

Soderberg was also known as an avid athlete and active volunteer. His family has established the Thor Soderberg Foundation in his honor. It will work to bring children closer to nature

Soderberg's retired star joins 487 other stars that belonged to Chicago Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

Bryant Brewer, 24, has been charged in the officer's death. Soderberg was one of five officers killed in the line of duty last year.

Officer Thomas Wortham IV's star was retired just last week.

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