On the one-year anniversary of his tragic death, Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was remembered Wednesday in the city he died protecting.
A memorial service was set to take place Wednesday at the Thompson Center, where Bauer’s final act of courage brought heartbreak and shock as the 31-year police veteran was shot and killed while chasing a suspect down a staircase.
His service and sense of humor, remembered by Police Chaplain Fr. Dan Brandt, as the fallen commander's family sat in the front row.
“We are also thankful for the 52 years of memories,” said Brandt. “He brought a lot of joy to a lot of people’s lives.”
The loss remains fresh a year later.
“You know, especially you who have worked with him, you know that Paul embodied integrity,” he went on to say.
Brandt said that he often tries to remind those in the line of duty that "they are doing God's work."
“The only face of normalcy, the only face of order, the only face of God that some good people in our neighbourhood get to see (is them) on a daily basis."
Chief Executive Officer of the 100 Club of Chicago, Joe Ahern said that this "incredibly tragic year" has been the worst that he has seen with the organization.
Bauer, who once led the 18th District on the city’s Near North Side, was a beloved husband and father.
"It's just a vivid reminder of these men and women who serve to protect all of us," Ahern said.
Members of the Chicago Police Mounted Unit and Chicago Police bagpipers joined in the service led by chaplains for the department.