Category: Police

Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora holds a check for $67,732.80 at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, which was raised at a March 3 fundraiser at a packed Ballydoyle Pub and combined with Firefighters Union Local 99 for the families of the tragic shooting February 15 at the Henry Pratt warehouse in Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Strong: Nearly $350,000 raised from fundraising efforts throughout the City and beyond

Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora holds a check for $67,732.80 at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, which was raised at a March 3 fundraiser at a packed Ballydoyle Pub and combined with Firefighters Union Local 99 for the families of the tragic shooting February 15 at the Henry Pratt warehouse in…...

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Alderman of Aurora’s 7th Ward, Scheketa Hart-Burns, fifth from left, was host to a fundraiser Thursday, March 7, at Belle Salle Events Center in Aurora. Many organizations were honored for raising thousands of dollars for additional safety gear for police and fire personnel. Stories of bravery and appreciation were shared by current and retired first responders. Commander Keith Cross of the Aurora Police Department indroduced Adam Miller, one of the five Aurora police officers who was injured in the shooting at the Henry Pratt Company warehouse Friday, Feb. 15. A video can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora fundraiser provides safety gear for first responders

Alderman of Aurora’s 7th Ward, Scheketa Hart-Burns, fifth from left, was host to a fundraiser Thursday, March 7, at Belle Salle Events Center in Aurora. Many organizations were honored for raising thousands of dollars for additional safety gear for police and fire personnel. Stories of bravery and appreciation were shared…...

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The Yorkville Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics at Silver Spring Sate Park Sunday draws celebrations in spite of frigid water and weather. More than 300 participants helped to raise approximately $100,000 in Lake Loon. The Aurora Police raised more than $11,000. Dave Weaver photo Radioman911.com

Polar Plunge warms Special Olympics

The Yorkville Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics at Silver Spring Sate Park Sunday draws celebrations in spite of frigid water and weather. More than 300 participants helped to raise approximately $100,000 in Lake Loon. The Aurora Police raised more than $11,000. Click here to see a video. Dave Weaver…...

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Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora reads the City of Aurora Proclamation at the Heritage Dinner sponsored by the Aurora African American Board. Middle is Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Right is Skyy Calice, five-year Aurora Police Department veteran and recipient of the Outstanding African American Leader of the Year for her community youth activism. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Police Officer Skyy Calice receives Outstanding African American Leader of the Year Award

Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora reads the City of Aurora Proclamation at the Heritage Dinner sponsored by the Aurora African American Board. Middle is Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Right is Skyy Calice, five-year Aurora Police Department veteran and recipient of the Outstanding African American Leader of the Year…...

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Montgomery Police Officer Bob Kaleta, left, receives the Life saving Award from Montgomery Police Chief Phil Smith at the Village Board meeting in Montgomery Monday. Kaleta performed CPR to save the life of an unconscious man January 19. Jason Crane/The Voice

Montgomery Police Officer honored for saving a life

Montgomery Police Officer Bob Kaleta, left, receives the Life saving Award from Montgomery Police Chief Phil Smith at the Village Board meeting in Montgomery Monday. Kaleta performed CPR to save the life of an unconscious man January 19. Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3...

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Private event for first responders April 7

Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center in Aurora will be host to a private event for first responders Sunday, April 7 to show our community’s appreciation for their service and sacrifice. The restaurant will be closed for regular business and open only to first responders and their families to enjoy games,…...

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Flowers and candles, are a reminder. They were placed by community members during a vigil two days after the shooting at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora

Shock, recovery, Aurora Strong, fill shooting tragedy

By Marissa Amoni –  I had lunch with my friend, Karen Nicholas, at Calla Lily Victorian Tea Room on LaSalle Street in downtown Aurora, Friday, Feb. 15. Karen teaches morning classes at Wesley Preschool so we decided to meet at around 12:30 p.m.. I went online and made a reservation because…...

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Thanks given to first responders in Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery, and Oswego

Thanks given to first responders in Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery, and Oswego

Aurora University students Hannah Dziedzic and Ashley Stotler, from left, both of Oswego, with Jacob Young, North Aurora, right, deliver thank-you cards Saturday to first responders in Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery, and Oswego. Stotler and Dziedzic are Oswego High alums. The cards honored first responders for their service at the…...

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Aurora City of Lights Community Prayer Vigil: The prayer vigil Sunday outside of the Henry Pratt factory draws 1,700 participants to pray for and mourn loss of lives from the shooting which took five lives and injured five Aurora Police officers Friday. Greg Zanis, a retired carpenter, made the five crosses with names of the deceased Henry Pratt employees. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Strong theme following tragedy

Aurora City of Lights Community Prayer Vigil: The prayer vigil Sunday outside of the Henry Pratt factory draws 1,700 participants to pray for and mourn loss of lives from the shooting which took five lives and injured five Aurora Police officers Friday. Greg Zanis, a retired carpenter, made the five…...

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Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora renders applause to first responders from many departments in Friday’s shooting tragedy in Aurora. Naperville Fire chief Mark Puknaitis, Naperville Police chief Robert Marshall, Aurora Fire chief Gary Krienitz, and Aurora Police chief Kristen Ziman. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Salute to first responders:

Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora renders applause to first responders from many departments in Friday’s shooting tragedy in Aurora. Naperville Fire chief Mark Puknaitis, Naperville Police chief Robert Marshall, Aurora Fire chief Gary Krienitz, and Aurora Police chief Kristen Ziman. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us…....

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Never been prouder, Aurora Strong: Chief Ziman

Here is a message on Facebook from Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman Tuesday on the police activity Friday following the shootings at Henry Pratt warehouse in Aurora: By Kristen Ziman –  It’s been roughly 96 hours since a disgruntled employee who was being terminated killed five people and shot five…...

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Aurora Police spokesman Dan Ferrelli shares a farewell message after 23 years with the police department

Aurora Police spokesman Dan Ferrelli shares a farewell message after nearly 23 years with the police department

A retirement farewell message from Dan Ferrelli, public information officer of the Aurora Police Department: Almost 23 years ago, I reported for my first day of duty with the Aurora Police. When I walked into the old police station, it reminded me of the TV show Hill Street Blues. It…...

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Congressman Foster: Owe a debt of gratitude to law enforcement

Recently, congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued a statement on the shooting that took place at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora: “I am deeply disturbed by the senseless gun violence that struck the Aurora community. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. While we wait for more details,…...

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Aurora-Strong

Downtown Aurora businesses assist Aurora Strong theme to help victims’ families, first responders

DOWNTOWN AURORA –  The Aurora Downtown community mourns and grieves with the entire City and its neighbors for the shooting tragedy in Aurora Friday, Feb. 15 at the warehouse of Henry Pratt at 641 Archer near Highland and Prairie Avenues. Here are ways that downtown businesses are assisting in the…...

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Crosses outside the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora where a shooting occured February 15

Aurora Police Department releases information on six officers injured in mass shooting in Aurora, Ill Friday, Feb. 15 and five employees killed at Henry Pratt plant

Here is more information, including a timeline, after the Aurora Police Department press conferences about the ongoing investigation of the workplace shooting which took place on Aurora’s near West Side Friday, Feb. 15. The Aurora Police press conference Saturday, Feb. 16 can be viewed by clicking here. Here is a…...

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NAMI presentation Feb. 23

Officer Douglas Rashkow’s presentation “Crisis Intervention Training” will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, 300 Randall Road, Geneva, Building 351 in conference room 1, 2, 3. Topics will include: Crisis intervention skills; De-escalating a crisis; Tips to resolving conflict; mental health…...

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Naperville in Super Bowl crackdown

The Naperville Police Department made 37 traffic stops and issued 36 citations during the recent Super Bowl crackdown. The Super Bowl weekend Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket enforcement effort ran Friday, Feb. 1, through the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 4, to keep…...

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SWAT teams too often terrorize rather than solve problems

“This is jackboots in the morning. This is an American nightmare that they would arrest somebody like this.” —Judge Andrew Napolitano For too long now, the American people have allowed their personal prejudices, and politics to cloud their judgment and render them incapable of seeing that the treatment being doled…...

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Kiwanis Club of Aurora member Amy Roth, left, hands a Kiwanis coffee mug to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Chief Ziman shared this year’s Police Department initiatives. Aurora has the second largest municipal police department with a budget of $73 Million and has 301 sworn officers, an increase from 289 recently, including four police dogs, 73 full-time non-sworn officers in telecommunications, booking, and records, and 33 part-time non-sworn employees. Chief Ziman said work is in focus to address a slight increase in violent part 1 crimes, although shootings are down by 19%. Shooting numbers include property and are not just individuals struck. Aurora had zero homicides in 2012 and four homicides in 2018. She said in a city the size of Aurora, it’s well below the national average. Progress in 2018 included the addition of a Critical Incident Intel Center, reduction in time and cost of DUI prosecution, addition of a drone team, partnership with National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, which reads a bullet shell casing and recently was linked to eight shootings after confiscation of a gun. Partnership with RING doorbell systems for video of crimes has been added. Last year there were only five excessive-force complaints against officers with two sustained. Chief Ziman said the goals for this year remain the same, to reduce violent crime and community engagement. Right is Kiwanis president Kim Groom, a retired Aurora police officer, and president of Kiwanis Club of Aurora. Chief of Police Ziman, right photo, stands with her former West Aurora High School guidance counselor Archie Needham (retired). Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman “Mugged” by Kiwanis Club of Aurora after presenting Police Department initiatives

Kiwanis Club of Aurora member Amy Roth, left, hands a Kiwanis coffee mug to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Chief Ziman shared this year’s Police Department initiatives. Aurora has the second largest municipal police department with a budget…...

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Leader of the Year Award: Aurora Police Officer Skyy Calice, middle, receives acknowledgement at the Aurora MLK commemoration Monday at East Aurora High School as the Leader of the Year recipient from the Aurora African American Heritage Advisory Board. She poses with some of the teens she has been serving as a mentor for going above and beyond to inspire and make an impact on young ladies in the Aurora community. Skyy founded her mentoring programs for young women and has inspired others to do the same in Aurora. Her first Girls on the Run 5K brought out hundred of participants and raised thousands of dollars for youth mentoring in Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Police Officer Skyy Calice Named 2019 African-American Leader of the Year

The City of Aurora’s African-American Heritage Advisory Board (AAHAB) will host its 15th Annual Heritage Dinner on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m.   The crowning event of Black History Month, this annual celebration…...

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