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My name is James Mendrick. I'm the son of Joe Mendrick. I went to this academy [The Joe Mendrick Police Chief Academy, Viewpoints, Sept. 14]. Thank you so much, Ken Trainor, for putting this story out there. He meant so much to me and he was so proud to make a difference in the Oak Park community. 

I am a DuPage County Sheriff's deputy and my dad has taught me enough to be currently running for sheriff. I couldn't have done it without him and miss him terribly. 

When he retired, he became "Papa." He has been the best friend to my special needs son that you can imagine. His public service is only dwarfed by his commitment to his family. God bless you, sir, and thank you again for this column.

James Mendrick 


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