Gift cards collected to help injured Officer Bradley’s family

CHICAGO – As Bradley cop Tyler Bailey remains hospitalized in Oak Lawn after being shot last week and his partner killed, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea is leading an effort to come to the aid of the critically injured officer’s family.

O’Shea announced Tuesday that his office is collecting gift cards from local businesses to help Bradley’s family, who are staying in the 19th Ward while Bailey is treated for a gunshot wound to the head at Advocate Christ Oak Lawn Hospital.

Gift cards will be accepted at the 19th Ward offices at 10400 S. Western Ave. or at 3207 W. 111th St., until Friday, Jan. 14, the O’Shea office said on Tuesday. Gift cards for local restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, and other businesses can be dropped into mail slots at either location.

The 19th Ward community will also be hosting a prayer service for Bailey and Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic, who was killed after responding to a hotel for a report of barking dogs left unattended in a car.

Prosecutors are calling for the death penalty for the two people charged in the shooting. Rittmanic and Bailey were shot while attempting to speak with dog owners at a Comfort Inn in Bradley just before 10 p.m. Thursday. After a hotel employee gave Rittmanic and Bailey the dog owner’s room number, prosecutors said police knocked on the door on several occasions, with Bailey identifying himself as police officers. Prosecutors said Bailey was shot in the head and Rittmanic was killed with her own rifle after a man and woman disarmed her in the hotel hallway.

An effort of GoFundMe to raise money for Bailey’s recovery raised more than $ 104,000 on Wednesday. According to the Go Fund Me, Bailey got married just two months ago.

The prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. at Saint Cajetan Catholic Church, 2445 W. 112th St. Students at Saint Cajetan Catholic School will also be making cards for Officer Bailey, O ‘office said. Shea.

As per Illinois state health guidelines, all people over the age of two should wear a face mask throughout the prayer service.

For more information, residents are encouraged to contact the O’Shea office at (773) 238-8766.

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Michael N. Clark