Thomas Boyle (13 November 1949 – 19 June 2012)
Thomas Boyle began his distinguished public service career after serving two tours in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War where he earned numerous awards including the Cross of Gallantry. After returning stateside Tom followed in the footsteps of his family and became the fourth generation police officer to join the Chicago Police Department. This began a 30 year career which ranged from dignitary protection, organized crime, narcotics, vice control, and numerous undercover assignments. His most memorable and proudest accomplishment included the apprehension of the Strickland Brothers during their attempted getaway after killing Wheeling Police Officer Kenneth Dawson thereby thwarting the kidnapping and killing of other civilians taken hostage that day. Tom earned numerous departmental commendations and one life saving award before retiring at the rank of detective. After retirement Tom deployed in support of several Department of Defense contingencies including service in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. In his final deployment Tom served with the 2d Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division in Kandahar Province Afghanistan. Thomas Boyle died on June 19, 2012 culminating a lifetime of service to his country.