Rich Clark, was shot and killed while responding to a landlord tenant dispute on Lill St. 25 years ago. The loss is something that all police families fear and his sacrifice to the city is as heart breaking and sad today as it was 26 years ago. In addition to being a hardworking, well respected, police officer, he was also a great father; husband, brother, uncle, partner and friend.
In 1990 the 19th district officers were the driving force behind renaming Riverview Park at Addison and Rockwell as Richard Clark Park. Over the years the park became overran with weeds and underutilized. The original plaque memorializing Rich’s sacrifice was stolen. Thanks in large part to the leadership of the Clark Park Advisory Board, and increased neighborhood participation, the park is starting to thrive and becoming an area more frequently utilized by the residents. The park has also become home to the Chicago River Canoe and Kayak Club, a major hub for canoeing and kayak enthusiasts offering a launch ramp, rentals and training/instruction opportunities. Future plans include concession stands and a new, state-of-the art, boat house; this park will truly be one of the jewels of the neighborhood.
The Clark family, together with the Clark Park Advisory Board, is working to raise funds to purchase and install a permanent engraved stone memorial to be placed in the park and have organized a fundraiser to be held on Friday evening, (6 PM to 11PM) June 15th, at the FOP Lodge. Tickets are $30 for food and drinks (beer/wine). If you can’t attend, we’ll be raffling off a Flat Screen TV and Ipad (winner need not be present) and lots of items at the fundraisers (Cubs tickets, Restaurant Gift Certificates, Sports Memorabilia, Gift baskets, etc..) Raffle tickets are available now.
For those of you who have never been down to the FOP Hall, it would be a great opportunity to get together for a good cause. Please let me know is you could buy a ticket or purchase some raffle tickets.
We hope you can attend; please pass on to any others who knew or worked with Rich.
Below is the link to Rich’s memorial page.