CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department celebrated new and promoted officers Tuesday, while also honoring a fallen officer.

One of the first moments of the graduation ceremony was a moment of silence for fallen Officer Andres Vasquez-Lasso.

“Five years ago, officer Andres Vasquez Lasso was at this ceremony. A new graduate himself of the Chicago police academy,” First Deputy Superintendent of Chicago Police Eric Carter said.

Less than a week ago, Officer Vasquez-Lasso was killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic disturbance on Chicago’s southside.

“He responded to danger and unfortunately for himself and his family and our city, he paid the ultimate price,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

On Tuesday, 275 new officers from four separate classes took part in this ceremony — in addition, dozens of promotions from lieutenant through to the command staff. 

These officers have already been on the street and serving, for almost a year.  

This ceremony was a moment of celebration for the officers and their families, while still remembering their fallen colleague. 

“Of course I think about the potential harm that she puts herself and every single day,” Stela Gaytan, the mother of a new Chicago Police officer.

“But as her mom, I have to make sure that I’m trusting in God and trusting in her training of the police academy, she’s gonna be ok.”

Outgoing CPD Supt. David Brown was not present for Tuesday’s ceremony due to a scheduling conflict.