Joliet police get honor guard duty for Bears game
BY BRIAN STANLEY email@example.com October 9, 2013 4:24PM
Updated: November 11, 2013 12:21PM
JOLIET — The federal government is shut down, and a few Joliet cops are getting free Bears tickets — and a special honor — as a result.
Joliet police Cmdr. Al Roechner made the arrangements Tuesday morning when Bears staffers called.
Among the things affected by the federal shutdown is the scheduled appearance by the Marine honor guard Thursday night at Soldier Field for the Bears’ game against the New York Giants. Another honor guard was needed to fill in.
“They reached out to Chicago PD first, but their honor guard wasn’t available so Chicago had them contact us,” Roechner said.
The team needed an answer right away, so Roechner went for it.
“I figured we had at least four (of the dozen) honor guard members who could make themselves available,” Roechner said.
Officers Moises Avila, Chris D’Arcy, Carlos Matlock and Kevin Sepulveda will take part in the pregame ceremony by marching to midfield with the American and Illinois flags while the national anthem is performed.
“It’s an honor to represent the department before such a big audience,” Sepulveda said. “We’ll have to be there three hours early to practice, but (the Bears) are giving each of us a parking pass and one ticket for the game. It’s pretty cool.”
The game is scheduled to begin at 7:25 p.m.