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Illinois - Video: Honored By Yeshiva Students, Retiring Chicago Police Officer Overwhelmed With Emotion At Farewell Parade

Published on: May 14, 2018 09:00 PM
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Police Sergeant Mark George greets young boys from Yeshiva Tiferes Tzvi in Chicago on May 14, 2018 (Courtesy)Police Sergeant Mark George greets young boys from Yeshiva Tiferes Tzvi in Chicago on May 14, 2018 (Courtesy)

Chicago, IL - A 55 year old member of the Chicago Police Department received a hero’s send off today as more than 450 yeshiva students lined up to wish him well on his last day on the job.

A 30 year veteran of the force, Sergeant Mark George visited more than 50 area schools over the past two years in his capacity as school sergeant.

Having heard of his upcoming retirement several weeks ago, the administration at Yeshiva Tiferes Tzvi invited Sergeant George to the school today for what he was told was a last official visit as a member of the Chicago Police Department.

As he approached the school just before 11 AM, Sergeant George was asked to wait for just one moment before entering the property.

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“The next thing I knew there was a procession with a Hatzalah ambulance and squad cars,” Sergeant George told VIN News.  “They led us into the parking lot and there were over 400 kids there all lined up.”

Surrounded by boys of all ages waving American flags and holding signs saying “Chicago hero Sergeant Mark George,” “Once a cop, always a cop, thanks” and “We will miss you,” the long time police officer was moved to tears as he thanked the yeshiva for its expression of gratitude. 

School principal Rabbi Nosson Muller presented Sergeant George with an award from both Yeshiva Tiferes Tzvi and its sister school, the Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov, voicing his heartfelt appreciation to Sergeant George and the Chicago Police Department for their public service.

Students responded enthusiastically to Sergeant George, reaching out to shake his hand as he passed by amid cheers of “Mark, Mark, Mark!”

In a telephone interview with VIN News, Sergeant George said that the heartfelt sendoff from the yeshiva had taken him completely by surprise.

“I told my wife that I felt like Lou Gehrig in The Pride of the Yankees,” said Sergeant George.  “I do a lot of presentations in the schools and have done workshops at the police academy. It was an emotional day and to have a send off like that really got to me.”

Having visited dozens of schools in Chicago in his official role with the police department, Sergeant George noted that he has seen something special when he goes to a yeshiva.

“The Jewish community is just a phenomenal community,” said Sergeant George. “The discipline, the respect, the gratitude, the kindness…you just don’t find that anymore.”

With anti- Semitic violence on the rise, Sergeant George said that the Chicago Police Department has been on high alert and that he had taken it upon himself to visit area yeshivos more frequently than in the past in order to ensure a higher level of safety.

“The Jewish community is just incredible and I embraced them the way they embraced me,” said Sergeant George.  “People should be learning from the Jewish community. I just don’t understand how anyone could be anti-Semitic. I just don’t.”

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School principal Rabbi Nosson Muller presented Sergeant George with an awardSchool principal Rabbi Nosson Muller presented Sergeant George with an award


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 May 14, 2018 at 10:13 PM M'Chaya Says:

Great Kiddush Hashem! Wish would read more of these stories! Another great story by Sandy Eller!

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 May 14, 2018 at 11:01 PM Anonymous Says:

What a true kidush hashem

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 May 14, 2018 at 11:05 PM Hiymishclown Says:

Fabulous story! Great to see yidden being a light to the nations. What a kiddush Hashem.

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 May 14, 2018 at 11:06 PM Thoughtful Says:

Right up rabbi muller's alley!! Very creative classy and always does things right!

Continued hatzlacha nussy!!

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 May 14, 2018 at 11:54 PM lazy-boy Says:

very nice!

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 May 15, 2018 at 12:03 AM Liepa Says:

Love this !!!

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 May 15, 2018 at 06:03 AM Phineas Says:

Really beautiful

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 May 15, 2018 at 09:34 AM Speaksoftly Says:

Perhaps we can all learn from their example. Hakoros hatov is a wonderful attribute - it gladdens the heart of one who receives it and broadens the mind of the one who gives it. Thank you for a positive story.

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 May 15, 2018 at 10:24 AM VoiceOfSanity Says:

Wow!! Halevai we should see more of this! This is Klal Yisroel!

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 May 15, 2018 at 11:37 AM ssteinberg Says:

Beautiful story, the Rov of the school is a mench, his students have a beautiful role model, he created a Kidush Hashem for all the country to see. Fabulous story.

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