Flag in Horner Park honors fallen Chicago cop

May 14, 2011 4:13:36 PM PDT
A Chicago police officer who was killed while on duty in 1998 was honored on Saturday.

A U.S. flag that flew over the nation's capitol now flies in Horner Park on North California -- it's a tribute to Officer Michael Ceriale, who was fatally shot while on drug surveillance duty.

Congressman Michael Quigley presented the flag to Eagle Scout Reid Cleveland, who was inspired by the officer, and pushed the effort to honor him.

"We are truly grateful for this honor. His courage lives on today, and is an inspiration to all of us. This honor is truly fitting for Michael because he loved being outside, and he loved playing sports," said Ceriale's cousin Lisa Krutiak.

"I really miss him. It was a terrible event when it happened. God bless him, and God bless his family," said Police Sgt. Michael Lazaro, who worked with Ceriale.

Ceriale often played in Horner Park when he was a child.

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