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Our Privilege: UnitedService Companies installs the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Horses of Honor

July 31, 2015 at 1:10 PM

hoh-phil-web.jpgMore than a dozen artfully designed Horses of Honor statues, standing 6 feet tall, were installed on Tuesday, July 21 in Chicago’s Pioneer Court and along Michigan Avenue by professionals from UnitedService Companies

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, a longtime client of UnitedService Companies, created the Horses of Honor program as creative way to fundraise and provide support and assistance to the families of Chicago Police officers killed or catastrophically hurt in the line of duty. This year, monies raised from the program will also support the “Get Behind the Vest” initiative which seeks to replace 8,000 outdated bulletproof vests currently in use by Chicago police officers.

What many people don't know is that the statues reflect the mounted police unit's tradition of naming all its horses after fallen officers. Each horse is designed by local and internationally renowned artists, include a plaque recognizing each horse's name, sponsor and artist.

"As a former Chicago police officer and as an active member of the foundation's advisory council, it is a privilege to help them whenever and however we can," said Richard "Rick" Simon, president and CEO of UnitedService Companies. "Installing the Horses of Honor this year was another way we could contribute to this charitable cause and show appreciation to our police officers and their families."

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation was established 10 years ago and is a crucial support system to many families. Horses of Honor help support these families and bring attention to the dangers the officers face everyday.

And, Chicago loves these horses! This important public art installation was mentioned in nearly every major Chicago media outlet, and WGN-TV’s Amy Rutledge and her crew came out to the UnitedService Companies’ warehouse to interview John Gordon, the foundation’s project manager. Watch it here: WGNTV 


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