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Hundreds Gather to Honor Chicago Police Sergeant Who Died

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Hundreds of police officers, city officials, friends and family came together on the city’s Northwest Side today to honor the life of Chicago Police Sergeant Alan Haymaker.

Bagpipes played “Amazing Grace,” and a 21-gun salute honored the late police sergeant at Bethel Community Church. Haymaker lost his life in a car accident while responding to a police call early Monday morning on Lake Shore Drive. The 21-year police veteran was remembered as a compassionate man who was proud of his faith.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says every Chicagoan owes him a debt of gratitude.

DALEY: He was an exceptional police officer, one who was a role model for all of us, not only within his family, but within the profession. He believed this was a calling to serve and protect the people. Example after example by his family and friends and fellow police officers proved that.

Police Superintendent Jody Weis says Haymaker was highly respected in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.

Haymaker leaves behind his wife and three daughters.

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