Former COD Student and Police Officer Recognized for his Service

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By Mike McKissack

Recruits, COD faculty and members of the Bloomingdale Police Department gathered to honor COD graduate and Bloomingdale Police Officer Raymond Murrell who was killed Jan. 19 in a vehicle crash while responding to a theft in progress. Recruits in Basic Academy 17-03 created a plaque in honor of Murrell that will be mounted on the memorial wall in the recruit classroom.

Murrell earned a degree in Criminal Justice from College of DuPage and went on to become a police officer in the Bloomingdale Police Department. Bloomingdale Police Chief Frank Giammarese said that while Murrell had been with the department for less than a year, the young officer made a lasting impression.

“It’s an honor and very humbling to be a part of this dedication to Ray, who had a great impact on the Bloomingdale Police Department in a very short time,” Giammarese said. “We want to use this tragedy as a learning experience for recruits and fellow officers so they can see how fragile life can be. We hope this will help them understand the importance of appreciating each day.”

Pictured: from left to right, Bloomingdale Deputy Chief Tim Roberts, BA 17-03 class recruit Sturghill, BA 17-03 recruit Iwanicki and Bloomingdale Chief of Police Frank Giammarese.

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