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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  wish to express their sincere condolences to
 4    the family and friends of Officer Brian T. Strouse,  who  was
 5    killed in the line of duty on July 1, 2001; and

 6        WHEREAS, Born June 1, 1968 to Paul and Ann Marie Strouse,
 7    Brian  Strouse  grew  up  in  the  Montclare  neighborhood on
 8    Chicago's Northwest side; he was a graduate of Lane Tech High
 9    School and attended Wright Junior College; and

10        WHEREAS, After graduation, Officer  Strouse  enlisted  in
11    the  United  States  Marine  Corps and served for four years,
12    including a tour of duty in the Persian Gulf; and

13        WHEREAS, After military service, Officer  Strouse  joined
14    the  Chicago  Police  Department  where  he  served  the 12th
15    District as a member of the Monroe District tactical unit,  a
16    unit of elite officers who perform some of the most dangerous
17    assignments  on  the 13,500 member force; he often worked out
18    of uniform in high crime neighborhoods to  monitor  drug  and
19    gang activity; and

20        WHEREAS,  Officer  Strouse  was a natural-born leader who
21    became his tactical team's "ringleader"  largely  because  of
22    his  affable personality and tendency to crack a joke or quip
23    what became known as  "Strousisms";  he  was  known  as  "the
24    Preacher"  because  of his tendency to offer kind lectures to
25    youth in the district about staying  in  school  and  getting
26    jobs; and

27        WHEREAS,  During  his career, Officer Strouse received 61
28    departmental commendations including an honor  for  rescuing,
29    along  with  two other officers, Yolanda Ellis from a burning
30    apartment building on the morning of November 2, 1999; and

31        WHEREAS, Officer Brian Strouse enjoyed  playing  softball
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 1    and golf and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan; and

 2        WHEREAS,  The  passing  of  Officer Brian Strouse will be
 3    deeply felt by all who knew and  loved  him,  especially  his
 4    parents,  Paul  and  Ann Marie Strouse; his sisters, Kathleen
 5    Noncz, Paula Strouse,  and  Cynthia  Strouse;  his  childhood
 6    friends, Chris Roy, Joey Samansky, and Rocco Spizzirri; and a
 7    host  of additional relatives, friends, and colleagues at the
 8    12th District of the  Chicago  Police  Department  where  his
 9    presence will be dearly missed; therefore, be it

12    we mourn, along with all who knew him, the death  of  Officer
13    Brian Strouse of Chicago, Illinois; and be it further

14        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
15    presented to the family of Officer  Brian  Strouse  with  our
16    sincere condolences.

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