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Sox Honor Chicago Officers for NATO Work

Baseball team offered two complimentary tickets to all 12,500 members of the Chicago Police Department

Wednesday, May 23, 2012  |  Updated 11:47 PM CDT
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Chicago police officers had the chance to share in America's favorite pastime for work they did over the weekend.

Wednesday's game was the first of 10 White Sox games that Chicago police officers could attend free of charge. The baseball team offered two complimentary tickets to all 12,500 members of the Chicago Police Department to show appreciation for the work they did during the NATO Summit.

But not all of the officers being honored thought what they were doing was work. 

"All of us are here for each other, and I don't think we consider it work when you work with the people that we do," said Officer Tony Rouba.

Other officers praised the people with whom they worked.

"I think there's a lot of police officers that are probably more deserving. I was working the radio. ... I'm just proud to be a Chicago policeman, and to represent everyone that's out there, especially those guys that were out on the front lines," said another officer. "There's a lot of people involved." 

Police dogs and police officers led the dog parade before the game. During the 7th Inning Stretch, the crowd gave the officers a standing ovation.

"This is a great token. It's typical of what I've found Chicago to be," said Supt. Garry McCarthy.

The Sox wound up winning the game, beating the Minnesota Twins 6-0.

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