Chicago’s heart breaks over the loss of Cmdr. Paul Bauer
My heart breaks for Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer’s wife and daughter as they struggle to understand why their loved one is not coming home tonight.
My husband served the city of Chicago as a cop for 30 years. Not once did I ever worry that anything would ever happen to him. Maybe it was because I didn’t want to believe that anything could happen to him. Every day, when a police officer leaves for work and says goodbye to his family, he doesn’t know — nor do they — whether he will come back alive.
Our whole city owes Cmdr. Bauer a debt of gratitude for his dedicated service. My tears are for his family. Thank you, Commander.
Deborah Jedynak, Belmont- Cragin
I wanted to shout ‘ be careful’
Last Friday, I was driving in downtown Chicago, picking up a client near City Hall. As I ap- proached an intersection, I saw a police officer in dress blues walking in and around some winter slush near the stoplight. He looked very important and I almost rolled down my window to tell him to be careful. We can’t have one of the city’s finest on the ground in the muck! Today, I think I recognized him again. He lost his life helping fellow officers apprehend a suspect.
Chicago will be less safe without you, Cmdr. Bauer. May you rest in peace. Bob Grzesiak, Bolingbrook
Bring back the death penalty
As Chicago mourns the loss of Cmdr. Paul Bauer, we again are reminded of the financial burden to taxpayers for incarcerating the suspected shooter, a four- time felon, for the remainder of his life. He will be given free housing, three free meals a day and free healthcare for the remainder of his life — all on the taxpayers. Time to reinstate the death penalty. Sean Herling,
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Cmdr. Paul Bauer