Families of the 100 Club of Chicago came together Sunday in Brookfield for a day of appreciation.
In 46 years, the organization has given financial and emotional support to the families of nearly 250 firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty.
Carmen Brown-Johnson lost her father, Chicago police officer Jessie Brown in 1975 while he was investigating a burglary. She was 17 months old and has lived her whole life seeing, first-hand, the generosity of the 100 Club of Chicago.
“They’ve just always been there,” Carmen Brown-Johnson said. “I f my mom every needed help, they were always there to answer questions. I just really appreciate them helping me through college.”
This first, day of appreciation, organizers say, is a small but meaningful way to show gratitude to these families who know the real dangers of public safety and now have this larger family to lean on for support.
“Whenever I see the police I always have a sense of pride because I knew my father served as a policeman and also it gets sad sometimes because, you know, you didn’t grow up with your father,” Carmen Brown-Johnson said.