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Chicago Metropolitan Chapter

Justice by Action


                              Officer Michael Gordon

                              Chicago Police Department

                              Star #18751

                              End of Watch: August 8 2004





While on patrol in the 11th District the vehicle driven by Officer Michael Gordon was struck by a drunk driver. Tragically Officer Gordon sustained serious injuries and subsequently died as a result of the accident.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Gordon family.

                                 Officer Eric Solorio

                                 Chicago Police Department

                                 Star #13609

                                 End of Watch: February 12 2006





On January 17, 2006 Officer Eric Solorio and his partner were on aggressive patrol in a designated deployment zone when their squad car skidded out of control on icy pavement resulting in a tragic accident. Officer Solorio was critically injured and succumbed to his injuries on February 12, 2006.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Solorio family.

                                      Detective Joseph Airhart Jr.

                               Chicago Police Department

                               Star #20931

                               End of Watch: November 4 2008





Det. Joseph Airhart Jr. who was gravely wounded seven years ago as he tried to arrest a bank robbery suspect inside a South Loop apartment building died on November 4, 2008.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Airhart family.

                                   

                         

                                 Officer Michael A. Robbins

                                 Chicago Police Department

                                 Star #4203

                                 End of Watch: September 13 2008





Officer Michael Robbins succumbed to complications from gunshot wounds sustained 14 years earlier while responding to a call of shots fired in a neighborhood. As Officer Robbins and his partner arrived a suspect walked up to an open window in a residence and fired multiple times striking both officers who survived. Officer Robbins who was shot 11 times had three bullets which remained lodged in his heart. He was found dead in his apartment as a result of those injuries on September 13, 2008. Prior to Officer Robbins' death the 22-year-old suspect was sentenced to 120 years in prison.


Officer Robbins had served with the Chicago Police Department for eight years at the time of the shooting and was assigned to the Grand Crossing District. He was a US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and a recipient of a Bronze Star. Officer Robbins is survived by his daughter two sons stepson two grandchildren and a brother.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Robbins family.

                                       


                                        Officer Nathaniel Taylor

                              Chicago Police Department

                              Star #7322

                              End of Watch: September 28 2008





On September 28, 2008 Officer Nathaniel Taylor was shot and killed as he was conducting a narcotics investigation on the 7900 block of S. Clyde Street. Officer Taylor was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds later in the day.

Officer Taylor is survived by his wife and 5-year old daughter.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Taylor family.

                                         

                                  Officer Alejandro Valadez

                                  Chicago Police Department

                                  Star #9534

                                  End of Watch: June 1 2009





Officer Alex Valadez was shot and killed while investigating reports of gunfire on South Hermitage Ave. shortly after midnight. As he and his partner were questioning several individuals a vehicle drove up and an occupant opened fire striking Officer Valadez once in the leg and once in the head. He was transported to Stroger Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds later in the day.


Officer Valadez had served with the Chicago Police Department for three years. He earned one Chicago Police Department Commendation and twenty two honorable mentions.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Valadez family.

                             


                                         Officer Richard M. Francis

                               Chicago Police Department

                               Star #5276

                               End of Watch: July 2 2008





Officer Richard M. Francis was a 27-year veteran Chicago police officer who was fatally shot by a woman who grabbed his gun during a struggle which took place outside the police area headquarters building at Belmont Avenue and Western Avenue. Officers responded to the scene at Belmont and Western Avenues around 2 a.m. and shot the woman several times in defense of the officer critically wounding her.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Francis family.

                                 Officer Thomas E. Wortham IV

                                 Chicago Police Department

                                 Star #6181

                                 End of Watch: May 20, 2010



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​Chicago Police Officer Thomas E. Wortham IV Star #6181 was murdered during an armed robbery attempt near his family's home in the 8400 Block of South Martin Luther King Drive. Officer Wortham was able to return fire during the attack but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced shortly after midnight on May 20, 2010.


Officer Wortham joined the Chicago Police Department in June 2007 and served with distinction in the Englewood District. He also served our country as a First Lieutenant in the Army National Guard and most recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq on March 30, 2010.


Two male offenders were shot during the attack; one was pronounced dead and the other is currently hospitalized for his injuries. Two other offenders are in police custody.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Wortham family.

                             


                                   Sergeant Alan Haymaker

                                   Chicago Police Department

                                   Star #2532

                                   End of Watch: February 22 2010





Sergeant Alan Haymaker 56 years old sustained fatal injuries following an accident which occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. Sgt. Haymaker was responding to a call of a burglary in progress when he lost control of his patrol car while traveling southbound on Lake Shore Drive. According to eyewitness accounts Sgt. Haymaker’s police vehicle struck a light pole and a tree.


Sgt. Haymaker a 21-year veteran and third generation police officer was assigned to the 023rd Police District since December 2009.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Haymaker family.

                                            Officer Michael R. Bailey

                                 Chicago Police Department

                                 Star #13970

                                 End of Watch: July 18 2010





On July 18, 2010 Police Officer Michael Bailey Star # 13970 was shot and killed as he was returning home from his tour of duty. Officer Bailey was a decorated twenty-year veteran of the Department and was most recently assigned to the 1st District. The investigation into his murder is currently ongoing.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Bailey family.

                             


                               Officer Thor Soderberg

                               Chicago Police Department

                               Star #14767

                               End of Watch: July 7 2010




At approximately 3:45 on July 7, 2010 Chicago Police Officer Thor Soderberg Star # 14767 who was working Operation Protect Youth returned to his vehicle at the end of his tour of duty. The vehicle was located in the parking lot of the police facility at 61st and Racine. While in that parking lot the uniformed officer became involved in a struggle with a 24-year old male individual. During the struggle the offender disarmed the officer and fatally shot him.


The offender fled and is believed to have committed an armed robbery a short distance away. He fired additional shots

which were heard by officers inside the police facility. Several officers quickly responded and there was an exchange of gunfire. The offender was shot during that exchange and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. His injury is considered non-life threatening.


The 43-year old officer was an 11-year veteran of the Department and was most recently assigned to the Education and Training Division.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Soderberg family.

                                                     


                                              Officer Michael Flisk

                                   Chicago Police Department

                                   Star #6962

                                   End of Watch: November 16 2010





Police Officer Michael Flisk 46 was fatally shot in the line of duty on November 26, 2010 while processing the crime scene from a burglary that had occurred sometime earlier. Officer Flisk was an Evidence Technician assigned to the E.T. Team – South since 2007. He joined the Chicago Police Department in January of 1991 and began his career in the 009th District. He also worked in the 004th District and Mass Transit Unit before his promotion to Evidence Technician. He was a dedicated law enforcement professional and demonstrated a commitment to serving and protecting the city of Chicago.


Officer Flisk is survived by his wife and four children. Three siblings are also members of the Chicago Police Department.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Flsik family.


                                Lieutenant Colonel Frederick D. Snellings

                                Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety

                                End of Watch: January 8 2011






Lieutenant Colonel Snellings served more than 37 years in public service. He served four years in the United States Marine Corps . After 18 months in the USMC, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant meritoriously in Vietnam. After serving his country in the military

he joined the Georgia State patrol where he served from 1972 to 1983 attaining the rank of Sergeant.


In May 1983 Lieutenant Colonel Snellings entered duty with the FBI as a Special Agent and was assigned to field offices in Atlanta, GA; Alexandria, VA; and Cleveland, OH. In August 1991, he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent with assignments at the Special Detail Unit, Administrative Services Division, at FBI Headquarters, Washington D.C.; the Violent Crime/Fugitive Unit Criminal Investigative Division at FBIHQ; and the Youngstown OH Office.


In 1999 he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta, GA Field Office where he functioned as the second-in-command of all the FBI's Criminal Operations in Georgia. In April 2002 he was promoted to Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office. Lieutenant Colonel Snellings retired from the FBI in 2005. He then served as the Senior Manager for an international security company in charge of the Atlanta, GA branch.


Lieutenant Colonel Snellings was appointed and confirmed as Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety by the Georgia Board of Public Safety on February 14, 2008. Lt. Colonel Snellings received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Morehouse College and his Master's degree in Public Administration from Brenau University. He was a graduate of the FBI National Academy

Session 128, Quantico VA, the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, and the Executive Leadership Program

Georgia Leadership Institute, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.


​Lt. Colonel Snellings is survived by his wife Evelyn and two adult children. 


​NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Snellings family.

                                     


                                        NOBLE Founding Member and

                              Retired Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department Fred Rice

                              End of Watch: January 10 2011






Fred Rice graduated from DuSable High School and attended Wilson Junior College. He entered the US Army serving in Korea and was assigned to the all-Black Twenty-Fourth Infantry. It should be noted that President Truman integrated the armed services in 1948

but General MacArthur refused to integrate any unit under his command. He was relieved of command and replaced by General Matthew Ridgeway who complied with the directive retiring the 24th and integrating his troops. Rice was assigned to a artillery unit and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. He continued his military service as a reservist after his active duty service ended in 1955.That same year Fred Rice joined the Chicago Park District Police which later merged with the Chicago Police Department. He was the city's first Black Accident Investigator and he became a Detective in 1960. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1963 and Lieutenant in 1968. Rice was promoted to District Commander in 1970. Mr. Rice returned to college that year and went on to receive undergraduate and master's degrees from Roosevelt College.


In 1978 Rice was promoted to Deputy Chief of Patrol and in 1980 he was promoted to Chief of Patrol the first Black to hold that position. In August 1983 Mayor Harold Washington appointed Rice to Superintendent but because of resistance from several of the Aldermen he was not confirmed until November 1983. In a January 25 1993 Rice was interviewed by The History Makers and related that his groundbreaking appointment as not only a sign of the robust progression of the civil rights movement but also as a validation of past struggles that had been fought by activists such as Rosa Parks and the members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.


"The diversity that our department enjoys today is largely the result of Superintendent Rice's heroic stance in integrating squad car assignments and providing promotional and special assignment opportunities for Black and Hispanic officers," said Chicago Metropolitan Chapter President Eugene Williams. Mr. Rice is survived by his wife Thelma; a son Lyle; his daughter Judith; a sister Beverly Jones; and two granddaughters.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Rice family.

                                 

                                  Officer Paul W. Nauden

                                  Chicago Police Department

                                  Star #10803

                                  End of Watch: May 20 2011




Officer Nauden was involved in a narcotics investigation on May 19th when he reported that he was not feeling well and was taken to a hospital. Officer Nauden was treated for a heart attack and later pronounced the following morning. Officer Nauden was appointed to the Chicago Police Department on March 26, 1990 and his assignments included working in the 003rd District and Unit 189. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Officer Nauden was appointed to the Chicago Police Department on March 26, 1990 and his assignments included working in the 003rd District and Unit 189. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Nauden family.

                                    Officer Clifton Lewis

                                    Chicago Police Department

                                    Star #4103

                                    End of Watch: December 29 2011




On Wednesday, December 29, 2011 at approximately 8:30 p.m. Officer Clifton Lewis Star # 4103 assigned to the 015th District Tactical Team was fatally wounded during a robbery while working a second job at a convenience store in the 1200 block of N. Austin. During the course of the robbery Officer Lewis age 41 acted in his official capacity as a Chicago Police Department officer and was shot by one of the offenders and later succumbed to his injuries. Officer Lewis joined the department on  April 27, 2003 and graduated in November 2003. He left behind a young daughter a fiancee a loving family and many close friends.


NOBLE would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Lewis family.

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