Hear Emotional Remarks Given at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral - NBC Chicago

Hear Emotional Remarks Given at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral

"Paul, I’m going to miss you," Supt. Eddie Johnson said. "I know you’re looking down on us all, and while there are no words I can say to describe the depth of my gratitude, I just want to say thank you."

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    Thousands descended on Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood Saturday morning from across the city and around the country to say their final goodbyes to fallen police Cmdr. Paul Bauer and remember his kindness, heroism and selfless service.

    Poignant, moving messages of Cmdr. Paul Bauer's selfless service to the city of Chicago and his enormous love for his wife, daughter and police family shown through as hundreds packed the fallen commander's funeral service on Saturday.

    Hear funeral remarks given by Supt. Eddie Johnson, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Bruce Rauner, Cpt. Mel Roman and First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante.

    Cpt. Mel Roman: "Cmdr. Bauer was not defined by his rank. He was a police officer just like the rest of us. Four days ago we stumbled, we took a bad stumble. But we didn’t fall, we didn’t break."

    "Cmdr. Bauer Was Not Defined by His Rank": Cpt. Roman Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral"Cmdr. Bauer Was Not Defined by His Rank": Cpt. Roman Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral

    "Cmdr. Bauer was not defined by his rank," Cpt. Mel Roman said. "He was a police officer just like the rest of us. Four days ago we stumbled, we took a bad stumble. But we didn’t fall, we didn’t break."

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018)

    First Deputy Supt. John Escalante: "He never ever wanted to be the center of attention. He actually skipped out on his own promotion ceremony to command."

    'We Can Talk About Him Forever and we Will': Escalante Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral'We Can Talk About Him Forever and we Will': Escalante Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral

    "As much as Paul would appreciate what we’re doing here for him today, there’s a part of Paul that would be a little annoyed by it too because he never ever wanted to be the center of attention," First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said. "He actually skipped out on his own promotion ceremony to command."

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018)


    Supt. Eddie Johnson:
    "Paul, I’m going to miss you. I know you’re looking down on us all, and while there are no words I can say to describe the depth of my gratitude, I just want to say thank you."

    'I Just Want to Say Thank You': Supt. Johnson Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral'I Just Want to Say Thank You': Supt. Johnson Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral

    "Paul, I’m going to miss you," said Supt. Eddie Johnson, moved to tears during his message to the church. "I know you’re looking down on us all, and while there are no words I can say to describe the depth of my gratitude, I just want to say thank you."

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018)


    Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
    "Paul’s highest purpose in life was Erin and Grace, because for Paul no title ever outranked husband and father."

    'Paul Answered the Call': Emanuel Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral'Paul Answered the Call': Emanuel Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral

    "Paul always did more than what was asked, and he did so with honor and humility for 31 years in the Chicago Police Department," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "Yet the true measure of his devotion cannot be counted in years, it can only be counted by lives he touched."

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018)

    Gov. Bruce Rauner: "Today, all of us our blue. We are blue in part because we are sad, we are broken-hearted to lose such a heroic man. But more importantly we are blue because we are proud. We are proud of the courage and the honor and the integrity of our police officers."

    'Today, All of us Are Blue: Rauner Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral'Today, All of us Are Blue: Rauner Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral

    "Today, all of us our blue," Gov. Bruce Rauner said. "We are blue in part because we are sad, we are broken-hearted to lose such a heroic man. But more importantly we are blue because we are proud. We are proud of the courage and the honor and the integrity of our police officers across Chicago and across the state of Illinois."

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018)

    Fr. Dan Brandt: "I beg that you remember Paul Bauer not by the way he died, but rather by the way he lived."

    'Remember Paul Bauer': Fr. Brandt Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral'Remember Paul Bauer': Fr. Brandt Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral

    "Even as commander, he would never expect one of his officers to do something that he didn't do himself," Fr. Dan Brandt said. "Like pursuing fleeing and armed criminals. And of course Tuesday that brave show of humility is what cost him his life."

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018)