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Posted on: March 7, 2018

Orland Park Police Make Special Delivery

Marie Logsdon, of Orland Park, (seated) and her husband graduated from the Orland Park Police Department Citizen Police Academy held in 1998 and she cherished the jacket received at graduation.

ORLAND PARK, IL (March 7, 2018) --- Members of the Orland Park Police Department made a special delivery to the Alden of Orland Park Health Facility on Tuesday, March 6. It was a short but impressive parade of uniforms making its way up to the third floor.

“We learned that a graduate of our fifth Citizens Police Academy in 1998 lost her official academy windbreaker,” said Chief Tim McCarthy. “Mrs. Marie Logsdon and her husband, Martin, were a part of that early academy 20 years ago and we know how much the jacket meant to her.”

Logsdon’s daughter, Sandra Racich of Orland Park, wrote to the police department explaining how her mother’s beloved jacket had gone missing.

“She would wear her windbreaker jacket from the O.P. Police Academy with pride,” Racich wrote.

Logsdon, who turned 96 in November, looked a bit startled when she saw the uniformed officers arrive to make the presentation and quickly smiled as Chief McCarthy presented the replacement jacket to her.

McCarthy first proposed Orland Park’s Citizens’ Police Academy in 1994, a year after he was named chief.

“I read about it in a police chiefs’ magazine and thought that would be a great program for Orland Park,” he said. “We’ve had thousands of residents enroll in the adult academy and a few years ago we added the Teen Citizens’ Police Academy.”

The chief added, “Knowing how much the academy jacket meant to Mrs. Logsdon means a lot to all of us and we’re glad that this small gesture made one of our longtime residents smile.”