(Nominated by Cheryl Karcher Paulsen)
Hines Veteran Affairs Hospital
May 3, 2011
Angie Zucchero has been a police officer, with the Burr Ridge Police Department, since January 1990. Her accomplishments include, after only 9 months on the job, being the department’s first D.A.R.E.(Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer, being instrumental in starting a Citizen Police Academy, and also in implementing department’s policies on the handling of Juveniles and Crime Prevention leading to the department’s achievement of their Certificate of Accreditation. In 1992, Angie was the first police officer within her agency and the first policewoman in Dupage County to receive the Award of Valor. Angie has selflessly served her department with pride, honor, and the personal conviction that the citizens she has vowed to serve and protect receive her best efforts, no matter what the situation. The relationships she has built with the citizens of all ages – youth to senior citizens, schools, and community organizations are strong and far-reaching. She has been involved in many Law Enforcement organizations, sitting as a board member within many of these organizations, to build ties and relationships with other agencies to share knowledge and resources for the betterment of all communities. I believe that Angie truly has given of herself for her community as a career first responder, and would represent not only her community, but Law Enforcement, and not least of all, herself with great pride and dignity. She would be truly moved with such an honor as this to be included in stitching The National 9/11 Flag.