“She is a jewel of this city:” Mourners pay tribute to the fallen Chicago policewoman Ella French

CHICAGO (CBS) Honors this week honor the fallen Chicago cop Ella French – a woman who calls her loved ones fearless, confident, brave and brave.

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot visited a memorial Monday and saw those who knew Officer French – and those who didn’t – honor her memory.

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“It’s a gem of this town – one we will never forget,” said French’s friend, Officer Erica Hernandez.

Light and dark blue balloons were released into the sky as relatives and colleagues paid tribute to Officer French. Tears flowed and hugs were shared.

“It lit the room, so bright,” said Hernandez.

They gathered at the spot on 63rd Street and Bell Avenue where an armed man killed French people during a traffic stop on Saturday night.

French worked from the Ogden Police District (10th), here on Ogden- and Kedzie-Allee. In the police station, flags waved next to purple and black bunting.

The 29-year-old was assigned to the Community Safety Team. Officer Hernandez worked with her.

“She just loved the job,” said Hernandez. “She loved taking care of people and just putting on the uniform every day.”

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French also served as the correctional officer for the Cook County Sheriff’s from February 2017 to April 2018 before moving to the Chicago Police Department and joining the academy that same year.

Now her name will be engraved in one place on the memorial wall of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7. French will be remembered among the names of all Chicago police officers killed on duty.

“She is our angel who looks down on us all,” said Hernandez.

Even those who couldn’t speak French paid her respect.

Husband and wife Consuelo and Robert Chapa placed a white candle and sunflower near the spot where Officer French was shot. Her death occurs near her home. Her daughter is a police officer in Chicago.

“I feel hurt, like my daughter,” said Consuelo Chapa. “It’s hard and they need our support.”

Robert Chapa said police officers are the heart of the city.

“You are here to protect and serve, but sometimes this ministry doesn’t take long,” he said.
“May she rest in peace.”

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The funeral arrangements for Officer French are still being finalized. Her partner has been shot three times and he remains in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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