The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge and Labor Council have issued the following statements following the death of Bloomingdale Police Officer Raymond Murrell, who died January 19 in a line of duty accident. Murrell was a member of Bloomingdale FOP Lodge 175. and also FOP Labor Council unit # 175.
“The Fraternal Order of Police has lost a fellow member and brother who died doing what he loved, serving his community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Raymond's family, friends, fellow police officers and community members who all have been greatly enriched by knowing him,” said FOP State Lodge President Chris Southwood. “We can find comfort during this difficult time in the fact that the Bloomingdale community is a better place because of his selfless service and dedication.”
“Raymond knew the danger that all law enforcement officials willingly face every day when they put on the badge and go out to protect and serve all of us,” said FOP Labor Council Assistant Executive Director Shawn Roselieb. “Raymond's loss while selflessly performing his duty exemplifies what Abraham Lincoln called 'the last full measure of devotion.' His sacrifice is an inspiration to all of us, and he will be deeply missed.”
The Fraternal Order of Police, founded in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. The Illinois FOP State Lodge, chartered in 1963, is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing more than 32,000 active duty and retired police officers - more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide. Visit www.ilfop.org for more information.
The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council is a law enforcement union representing more than 11,600 professionals in more than 514 bargaining units who work in the criminal justice system. The Labor Council negotiates and enforces contracts and improves salaries, working conditions, and benefits for law enforcement professionals throughout Illinois. Its members include police officers who work for municipalities, universities, and elected Constitutional officials; county sheriff’s deputies, correctional and court security officers; probation officers; 911 telecommunicators; law enforcement records personnel; and some related support staff. Visit www.fop.org for more information.