Thousands attend funeral of slain CPD Cmdr. Paul Bauer

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CHICAGO -- Thousands attended the funeral mass of a fallen Chicago police officer to honor and remember his life after he was fatally shot Tuesday.

The Bridgeport neighborhood was decorated in blue Saturday morning for the funeral of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer at the Nativity of Our Lord Church.

The commander's daughter, Grace, 13, delivered a reading at the beginning of the services.

There were 1,400 friends, family and fellow officers Inside the church including an overflow room in the basement.

Outside, there was an army of men and women in blue and the spouses who love them as well.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson were some of the many people who shared stories about the respected officer.

All 287 officials assigned to the 18th District attended the funeral and about 400 different law enforcement agencies from across the state, region and country came to pay their respects.

"I've never seen the outpourings of support not just from the city but around the country...His wife Erin and daughter Grace throughout this whole thing have shown what it means to be Chicago strong," Supt. Johnson said.

The commander's flag-draped coffin left the church he regularly attended. A gunfire salute was followed by Taps, the End of Watch and a solemn promise to never forget how Cmdr. Bauer made the ultimate sacrifice.

Several members of the Chicago Blackhawks attended services for Cmdr. Bauer. Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp and Brent Seabrook paid their respects at the commander's wake.

The team honored Cmdr. Bauer by hanging a jersey with his name in the team dressing room.


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