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Honor Our Fallen.

On 17 May 1990 the Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police Department were to leave for the annual Cleveland Police Memorial and Tattoo. A few days earlier Chicago Police Officers were murdered. The band honored their fallen on (17 May – Officer Hauser and 18 May – Officer Kilroy). After the second funeral the banded boarded their bus almost two days late to go to Cleveland. They were not able to cancel the trip without penalty and arrived in Cleveland late for the hospitality dinner. The band went to the restaurant to meet the Cleveland and New York Bands (Cleveland, the host, held dinner late until their arrival) and when they entered were given a standing ovation by the bands. Cleveland Fire Fighter Ronald Stepka wrote the tune “Honor Our Fallen” to commemorate the deeds of the Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police Department.

Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune Police vehicles lead the body of fallen Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer on the Dan Ryan Expressway at 51st Street on Feb. 17, 2018.

The squads in line

keep slow march time

the hearse winds up the hill to his grave

the family's true

in this sea of blue

O' police stoic, proud and brave


The caskets drawn

Pipe Major's arm

cues snares rolling off with his mace

drones none too soon

mark chanter's tune

In time with the slow thumping bass


In the line, he did die

cut down in his prime

for duty he answered the calling

our respect, undying love

we pray t' God, up above

To grace us and honor our fallen


Pipes they wail, sweet 'n low

badges gleam in straight rows

at attention these protectors of law

valiant men at their best

lay their comrade to rest

and the band played Honor Our Fallen.


Cleveland Fire Fighter Ronald Stepka wrote the tune “Honor Our Fallen” to commemorate the deeds of the Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police Department.



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