12 | July 11, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie news



TPPD’s Shervino named

Illinois’ top DARE


Tinley Park Police Officer

Bob Shervino has

always had two passions:

police work and teaching.

He has combined the interests

to great impact as a

longtime DARE program

instructor. So much so that

in June he was selected

from more than 100 candidates

as the Illinois DARE

Officer of the Year.

“I was totally surprised,”

said Shervino, a member

of the Tinley department

since 2000 and DARE

instructor since 2002. “I

didn’t even know I’d been


Shervino — who grew

up admiring an uncle

who was a sergeant in the

Tinley department, and

became an Orland Hills

cadet in 1995 — had his

name raised by his colleagues

and a number of

local teachers whose classrooms

he has graced over

the years. He was formally

presented with the award

at the annual DARE and

Juvenile Officers Conference

in Peoria.

“It was a great day,” he


For Shervino, being an

impactful instructor has

come down to a personable

approach and interest in

making a difference in the

lives of the more than 5,500

children he has taught.

“Patrol work is more reactive,

and DARE is more

proactive,” Shervino said.

“I really do enjoy that. The

kids are really smart, and

they’re pretty truthful and

honest. I teach them, but

they also teach me.”

Tinley Park’s DARE

program reaches nearly

1,000 students in a calendar

year, Shervino said.

“I think it’s made me a

better person, and I hope

it’s made me a better parent,”

he said.

Reporting by Will O’Brien,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit TinleyJunction.



Uproar over use of

Confederate group for

Fourth of July event

The Southwest Suburban

Activists group issued

on its Facebook page July

2 a call for the Village of

Mokena to “not glorify the

Confederacy” by allowing

the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry

to participate in firing of

cannons during Mokena’s

Fourth of July events.

Emily Biegel, the

group’s director, said the

use of the 2nd Kentucky

Cavalry was “inappropriate

and insensitive” to

members of the community.

She went on to lament

a lack of response in other

recent racial incidents —

including two separate

rounds of swastika vandalisms

and an incident in

which three Lincoln-Way

Central students were publicly

spotted wearing what

appeared to some to be

blackface — from the Village’s


“[Village officials] are

going to have to open their

mouths,” Biegel said about

the lack of public condemnation

of such acts.

Mokena Mayor Frank

Fleischer defended the use

of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry

by reiterating previous

responses that “Everyone

has a right to their beliefs.”

Fleischer said there was

“no way in heck” that he

supported slavery, but

he supports keeping our

nation’s history alive —

“the good and the bad”

— through monuments,

documents and other public

displays, lest the public

“lose its reference point”

for such events.

The 2nd Kentucky Cavalry

group on its website

declares: “We chose to be

Confederates because they

fought hard for what they

believed in — protecting

their homes, states’ rights,

equal treatment in commerce,

elimination of illegal

tariffs, and preservation

of the agricultural way

of life.”

Reporting by T.J. Kremer

III, Editor. For more, visit



Police stress road safety

after teen was hit by


The Frankfort Police

Department is urging Old

Plank Road Trail users

to remember to yield the

right-of-way to traffic following

a June 30 accident

involving a teenager on a

bicycle who collided with

a vehicle.

Frankfort Deputy Police

Chief Kevin Keegan told

The Frankfort Station the

incident took place at approximately

12:45 p.m.,

when a 14-year-old cyclist

traveling eastbound on the

trail rode into the path of

a vehicle traveling southbound

on Elsner Road.

“The juvenile bike rider

never stopped at the stop

sign and rode directly

in front of the vehicle,”

Keegan said.

The teen suffered head

and soft tissue injuries in

the collision and was taken

to a hospital for treatment.

Keegan said the incident

was turned over to an accident

reconstruction team,

and police are waiting on

the investigation. At this

time, no charges or citations

have been issued.

During the July 1 Frankfort

Village Board meeting,

Frankfort Police Chief

John Burica stressed that

trail users slow down

when crossing the street,

and that drivers had a responsibility

to yield.

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit Frank


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Business Briefs


Manthey family

Orland Park residents

This is Wrigley,

a 1-year-old

cockapoo. He loves

his family, running

in the yard, long

walks, playing with

ice cubes and

playing fetch.

Do you want to see

your pet pictured as

Orland Park’s Pet of

the Week? Send your

pet’s photo and a few sentences explaining why your pet is

outstanding to Editor Bill Jones at bill@opprairie.com.

Treasure Chest open house

on July 19 to recognize

Allstate grant

Allstate agents from the

south and west suburbs

secured a $10,000 grant

from Allstate in 2018, and

this year 23 of them did a

toy drive and have been

preapproved for $20,000

for the Pediatric Oncology

Treasure Chest Foundation

of Orland Park.

The Treasure Chest facility

at 15430 70th Court

in Orland Park is celebrating

its Allstate Helping

Hands Grant, led by agent

Jack R. Hallberg, at noon-

6 p.m. Friday, July 19, by

hosting an open house.

Tours of the facility are

to be given, and there will

be food and refreshments,

with raffles every hour on

the hour.

For more information

about the event, to schedule

a pick-up or to learn

more about how to help

the Treasure Chest, call

(708) 687-8697.

Silver Cross outing raises

more than $195,000 in

Orland Park for heart care

The Silver Cross Foundation

raised $195,195 at

its 28th annual Charity

Golf Classic June 24 at

Crystal Tree Country Club

in Orland Park, with 180

golfers coming out to support

Silver Cross Hospital.

Proceeds from the event

will help advance heart

care services at Silver

Cross, which includes establishing

an open-heart

and structural heart surgical

program to treat lifethreatening

valve disorders

and structural heart

defects using minimally

invasive technology.

Over the next two years,

Silver Cross is investing

$22 million to provide

multi-specialty care for

patients with advanced and

complex coronary disease.

This includes adding two

state-of-the-art operating

rooms, a “hybrid room”

equipped with advanced

medical imaging devices

to support minimally invasive

surgery, two recovery

rooms, two ICU rooms and

3D cardiac technology for

an electrophysiology lab.

The new surgical services

will be housed in a new

33,000-square-foot pavilion

on the east side of the

Silver Cross campus connecting

to the hospital’s

second-floor Procedural

Care Unit.

In addition, a cardiac

care unit will open on the

first floor directly below

the PCU to care for patients

after heart surgery,

and will be serviced with

a dedicated elevator between

the two units. The

entire project is to be completed

by fall 2020.

The 29th annual Silver

Cross Charity Golf Classic

is slated be held Monday,

June 29, 2020, at Crystal

Tree Country Club.

For more information,

call (815) 300-7105. To

make an online donation,

visit www.silvercross.org.

Compiled by Editor Bill

Jones, bill@opprairie.com.

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