DES PLAINES, Ill. — The Chicago police officer killed in the line of duty during a shooting at Mercy Hospital will be honored at a wake and funeral this Sunday and Monday, according to police.
A wake will be held for Officer Samuel Jimenez November 25 at Oehler Funeral Home, and a funeral mass will be held the following day at the Chapel of St. Joseph at Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines. Jimenez will be buried with full honors during a private ceremony at Ridgewood Memorial Park.
Jimenez joined the department in Feb. 2017, and just recently completed his probationary period to officially become a full-fledged officer. The 28-year-old was married and the father of three children.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Jimenez didn’t typically work in the area, but responded when he heard that shots were fired at Mercy Hospital. He says it, “speaks volumes about his character.”
While speaking about the Department of Justice’s efforts to support local law enforcement in New York, acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker said, “the law enforcement community is in mourning today.”
“This tragedy is another reminder of both the danger and the nobility of police work,” Whitaker said.
He is the second officer to be killed in the line of duty this year.
Mercy Hospital and the 100 Club of Chicago are collecting donations to help the families of the officer and two hospital workers killed in Monday’s shooting.