Artful horses honor fallen officers

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Downtown Chicago is being inundated with not painted ponies but painted horses as part of the city's newest public art display.

They are to honor fallen police officers and help families move forward.

The program, called Horses of Honor, will help to provide support and assistance to the families of those men and women who have been killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

Former Chicago police superintendent Phil Cline who is now the executive director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation says each horse stands as reminder not to forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"I had two police officers killed in the line of duty on my watch,” he says. “That's the toughest job for any superintendent.”

There are about 100 horses that will soon adorn Chicago's city streets, parks and even some private properties. Thirty of them were recently put out on North Michigan Ave

The White Sox, the Bulls and the Cubs have ponied up to sponsor a horse as well.

More info at www.horsesofhonor.com

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3 comments

  • f0rget

    “The White Sox, the Bulls and the Cubs have ponied up to sponsor a horse as well.”
    I don’t think ending an article about memorials to fallen police officers with a pun is in good taste.

  • Leslie

    I noticed this story made news on CNN. I live in Louisville KY. This is a rip off of something we have had for years. As you know we are known for the KY Derby & horse racing. We have had these in our city for years. I think it’s wrong for another city to get credit for something that we have had for years! You guys need a more original idea!

  • Leslie

    I wanted to add a quick comment. I do not mean any disrespect of the fallen officers in any way. Prayers to the family & friends of this officer!