Mayor Anthony Calderone told the village council that the quest to raise $7,000 for a memorial to fallen police and fire personnel from Forest Park reached its goal, thanks to lots of little donations. “Some gave $5, some gave $10,” he said, noting that a “certain family affiliated with a candy company in Forest Park” donated $1,000 to the project.

Shovels will break ground for the memorial next fall. The park is located at Circle Avenue and Randolph Street, across from Grant-White School, at the former location of the first village hall.

The memorial will have the names of Forest Park first responders killed in the line of duty: Police Officer Edward Pflaume, Police Lieutenant Herman W. Ziebell, Officer Michael Caufield and Fire Captain Frank Schnurstein.

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Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...