CHICAGO (TOC) — Dozens of officers lined the road and sidewalk Tuesday morning for a police officer affected by terminal most cancers.
They despatched Officer “Maggie” Lichwala some love and appreciation for her service to the town and to her brothers and sisters in blue.
That they had bagpipes taking part in and handed her roses. Energetic and retired officers in addition to each associates and supporters of police got here to let Maggie really feel supported in her battle.
They adorned her residence with indicators that say “We love you Maggie,” putting balloons and hearts within the yard. Blue ribbons have been additionally tied round timber that line the road right here.
Only a stunning present of assist for the beloved officer, her shut associates stated
“This girl lived it,” Miriam Rantas stated. “She talked it. She walked it. And he or she beloved the individuals, particularly the elders. She beloved her elders. She beloved each particular person and he or she is simply an incredible daughter. She is an incredible mom, an incredible good friend and an incredible sister and he or she really is the definition of what it’s to only love.”
Fellow officers describe her as somebody with no imply bone in her physique. She labored tirelessly as an officer, even whereas battling most cancers and simply has an enormous coronary heart for individuals.
“She by no means knew how a lot she was beloved. She all the time stated ‘I did not make a distinction,’ and he or she even instructed me that she failed. That she did lose the battle,” Rantas stated. “I suggested her that no you didn’t lose the battle. You may have proven us what it’s to really battle.”
Even whereas combating most cancers, Lichwala labored tirelessly as an officer.
“Proper after chemo, she was the one person that I do know to have gone to work,” Rantas stated. “It didn’t cease her.”
Her associates stated she will likely be remembered as a beloved mom, sister and good friend.
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