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Herzlich Wilkommen to GAPA Chicago
Established in Chicago, Illinois in 1975, the German American Police Association (GAPA) is a fraternal organization comprised of duly sworn law enforcement officers of German heritage. As a social organization, we are also a charitable one, committed to supporting honorable causes within the German American Community and those of law enforcement. Current charities include but are not limited to the GAPA Scholarship Fund, the DANK Spatzen Children’s Chorus, DANK Schule Nord, St.
To preserve and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. To uphold the laws of the Federal, State and Municipal governments in which we serve.
To establish friendship and camaraderie between sworn law enforcement officers of German heritage within the communities in which we live and serve, other German American Police organizations within the United States as well as law enforcement officers from the German-speaking lands of our forefathers. To display pride in and preserve our German American heritage.
To work to better police and community relations within the German American community and the communities in which we serve.
To extend the assistance of our Association within the German American community via volunteered service or charitable donations.
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Winter 2023 Newsleter
President’s Message Guten Tag and Frohes Neues Jahr (Happy New Year) Starting out I would like to give you an update on our Trip to Milwaukee for the Cubs vs Brewers game. I’m sure by now you...
Clarence “Ed” Heerdt
Clarence “Ed” Heerdt, age 90, Ret. C.P.D., SFC Army Ret. Beloved husband of the late Nancy J. Heerdt, nee Tross; loving father of Donna L. (Peter)
Fall 2022 Newsletter
President’s Message Guten tag! I hope everyone is enjoying their summertime with their family and friends. The Board and Officers have been hard at work keeping GAPA current during these summer...
SUMMER 2022 NEWSLETTER
President’s Message Guten Tag! Welcome to summer and some interesting weather. I hope everyone is enjoying themselves. As I looked back over the last six months and my last article, I realized...
October November December 2017
2017 Von Steuben Parade in Lincoln Square President's Message: Lord Hear Our Prayers I’m sorry to report that our good member Bob Issel succumbed to injuries resulting from a tragic car...
July August September 2017
President's Message: Maifest Thanks to all who worked the Maifest last weekend. Just about everyone who signed up showed up. Special thanks to Tim Schaefer for coordinating it all for us. It was...
Apr May Jun 2017
President's Message: I regret to announce the passing of Fred Schumacher, our associate member and Midwest rep for Hofbraeu Bier. Fred and his wife Betts were wonderful hosts when we visited...
Jan Feb March 2017
Health & Welfare We wish to express to Jack Glunz and family who have been great friends of GAPA for many years our condolences on the passing of Jack's wife Judy after a long illness. May...
Oct Nov Dec 2016
2017 Scholarship Application President's Message: GAPA Picnic Our annual picnic on 08 July 2016 at Bunker Hill forest preserve was a keeper. A nice turnout and a steady wind kept the heat away....
Jul Aug Sep 2016
2016 Golf Outing Golf Meister Joe Kirchens & Herb Andreen GAPA Chicago will Milwaukee's Germanfest on 30 July! Contact Tom Moritz for further info at 815-464-4665 DANK Journal Review...
Apr May Jun 2016
2016 Super Bowl Party Scholarship Meister Tim Schaefer & GAPA Prez Mike Haas President's Message: Super Bowl Party I want to thank Tim Schaefer, Joe Schreiner, and Kevin Brumley for all the...
Jan Feb Mar 2016
2016 Super Bowl Party Scholarship Meister Tim Schaefer & GAPA Prez Mike Haas President's Message: Super Bowl Party As I assume the GAPA presidency for the next two years, I’d like to commend...
The GAPA Salutes member Pat Duckhorn
019 District (Belmont) patrol officer, riding solo, finds himself in gun battle after picking up the chase of two armed robbers until they crash land and flee on foot. The GAPA Salutes member Pat...
The GAPA Salutes member Bill Ruckward
Undercover operation in Rodgers Park turns hot for 024 District Tactical officer! Ruckaward Password:...
GAPA Member Bill Riesche, Chicago Police Department Award of Valor Recipient
After chasing fleeing carjackers into an alley, 017 District (Albany Park) patrol officer finds himself in a desperate firefight riesche4 Password:...
GAPA Salutes Its Own Veterans 1
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GAPA Salutes Its Own Veterans 2
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GAPA Salutes Its Own Veterans 3
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GAPA Salutes Its Own Veterans 4
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GAPA Salutes Its Own Veterans 5
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GAPA Chicago, 35 Years!
A brief history of the German American Police Association in Chicago from its inception in 1975 to the present! Remembering who we are, from whence we came and where, God willing, our journey...
GAPA salutes Paul Heyden, Jr., Chicago Police Department Award of Valor Recipient!
In the early morning hours of a Spring day in 2010, Chicago Police Department Gang enforcement officer Paul Heyden, Jr. was on patrol with other gang officers in plain clothes and in an unmarked...
GAPA Salutes Charlotte Gonzalez (Holzinger), Chicago Police Department Award of Valor Recipient!
Responding to a crime scene where a man had been fatally shot on the street, Officer Gonzalez and her partner cornered the vehicle from which the offender had fled. While Officer Gonzalez took...
PA Member Kurt Daichandt, Chicago Police Department Medal of Valor Recipient
025 (Grand-Central) patrol officer responding to the building where another police officer had been shot and killed shortly before, engages (with other responding officers) in a deadly gun battle...
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