Commander Paul Bauer has left a lasting mark on many Chicagoan’s hearts.
In a report by WGN, police officers from Dallas, Texas, all the way to Girard, Ohio and even Patrick Kane mourned his death – along with the thousands of citizens he vowed to help protect.
Friday night, Kane was joined by fellow Blackhawks Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp and Brent Seabrook to pay their respects at Commander Bauer’s wake.
In their dressing room, the team honored the fallen officer by hanging a jersey with his name on it.
Before Thursday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks, the Hawks held a moment of silence for the fallen commander.
Blackhawks Captain, Jonathan Toews, seemed to put life into perspective while honoring the commander’s life.
“Obviously, his family and the people close to that whole story that are affected, it’s unfortunate,” explained Toews. “Stories that you hear, like the school in Florida. There’s a million things you can use to try and keep things in perspective, to not just be down and negative. We’re excited to come to the rink to do our job. We can have fun with it, stay positive and get out of this hole that we’re in.”
Bauer’s funeral was in Bridgeport on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Nativity of Our Lord Church at 653 W. 37th Street.
The commander was buried in Alsip at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
To watch the fallen Commander’s daughter speak at her father’s funeral, scroll on to watch below – courtesy of Abc7 Chicago.