I would like to share this email and picture that I received from a fellow sergeant.
I am a sergeant from an outside unit that worked the 7th district Monday night. I decided to travel up Hermitage on the 6000 block when I spotted a makeshift memorial at the edge of a vacant lot. I exited my vehicle to take a picture and to take a moment to reflect. I saw an erected wooden cross with 6-01-2009 written in black marker and a picture of murdered Police Officer Alex Valadez cut out from a newspaper and duct taped to the top. Flowers and various stuffed animals lay around the cross. As I returned to my car an older women came out of her house and wished me a good evening.
You have to remember that even in a place like Englewood there are people that appreciate what we do, its too bad that it takes the tragic murder of a young Police Officer for us to see it.
Thanks for the email sarge.