About Blue For Life
It is with an extremely heavy heart that I announce the death of our Board of Directors Vice President, retired Oak Park Police Sergeant & active Attorney at Law, Gerry Sullivan. Gerry was not only an instrumental & founding member of Blue for Life, he was also a very close family friend and mentor.
Since our inception, Gerry used his extensive legal expertise to get us up and running, from drafting our bylaws to creating our application process. His knowledge of the law, coupled with his passion for our cause, has made his many contributions to Blue for Life something that we will carry with us forever.
On a personal level, Gerry was kind and wise, reserved yet witty, and his dry sense of humor kept me laughing on many occasions when I wanted to scream. He was oftentimes like a second father to me, and even referred to himself as my “Vice Dad”, in fact, during our many phone calls, whether he was lecturing me, or we disagreed on something, I would sarcastically say “Ok, Dad”, and his response was always “That’s Vice Dad to you”.
Gerry fought his illness much like he handled everything else, quietly and without fanfare, he was always classy and willing to be there for those he loved, and while in the end the disease took him, nothing will ever take away the impression he left on my heart. It’s hard to put into words the many. many ways he will be missed by our organization, but most of all the loss of his love & friendship leaves a void that will never be filled.
Gerry was like a brother to our Board President Jim Vonesh, and I know that Jim, along with our Board Members John Putnam, Brian Kuratko, and I, all wish to extend our thoughts, prayers, and love to Gerry’s wife Kendra, his 6 children, his grand babies, all of his extended family, his golfing buddies, his former colleagues both of blue and in the courtroom, and all who had the pleasure to know this amazing man.
I know that for me, Gerry’s legacy is one of strength, love, humor, faith and passion, and I will never forget him.
Thank you, Gerry, for being my friend.
I love you and will miss you, Vice Dad.
Until we meet again,
Blue For Life, Inc. is a charitable, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing all sworn law enforcement officers in the state of Illinois and their immediate family members with financial assistance in the event that any of them become a victim of a serious illness, catastrophic injury and/or death.
We believe that law enforcement officers perform a very difficult, demanding job and a family crisis can make the performance of this job unbearable. Our mission is to alleviate part of this strain by providing financial support when it’s needed most. Our goal is to grow and assist more police families, and to keep working towards our ultimate goal of going national. There is a great need for our unique charity in this country, and it is our hope that we can contribute to more police families that are faced with financial burdens due to the severe illness, serious injury and/or death of a child, spouse or the officer themselves. With the support of our volunteers and through the generosity of law enforcement organizations, corporations, foundations, individuals and families, Blue For Life can make a difference in the lives of those that protect ours. All sworn law enforcement families in the State of Illinois are eligible to receive assistance from Blue For Life.
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Our Board of Directors
The majority of our Board Members consists of active and retired police officers as well as immediate family members of police officers.
Daughter of a retired police officer
President, Board of Directors
Police Officer, Oak Park Police Department, 25 years of service (retired)
Vice President, Board of Directors
Sergeant, Oak Park Police Department, 24 years of service (retired)
Active attorney, West Chicago, IL
Board of Directors
Commander, Lyons Police Department, 22 years of service (active)
Board of Directors
Sergeant, Dupage County Sheriffs Office, 16 years of service (active)