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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Janie Byrnes - 6th Annual James P. Morrissy Scholarship Winner

Janie Byrnes 2020

6th Annual James P. Morrissy Scholarship

On March 17, 2014 Officer James Morrissy #172 was responding to a Domestic Disturbance call and collided with another vehicle.  Officer Morrissy sustained serious injuries and ultimately died as a result.

Officer James P. Morrissy was a dedicated police officer for the City of Oak Forest for over three decades.  As part of Officer Morrissy’s duties, he provided leadership and guidance to the department’s new recruits.  Officer Morrissy played an important role in the field training process as a recruit’s first exposure to the on the job training program. James P. Morrissy was a police officer who, up in until his last day of service, maintained the highest level of integrity and dedication that all police officers should strive to duplicate.

As a lifelong resident of Oak Forest, Officer Morrissy was a graduate of Bremen High School District 228 and his three sons graduated from Oak Forest High School. To honor Officer Morrissy’s memory and his dedication to education, the Oak Forest Police Association created the Officer James P. Morrissy Scholarship to assist a deserving Oak Forest High School student in their pursuit of higher education. The applicant’s submitted essays which were reviewed by the Police Association. We want to thank all the applicants for their hard work and community service, but one essay stood out from the rest.

We proudly announce that the winner of the 2020 Officer James P. Morrissy Memorial Scholarship is Janie Byrnes. While at Oak Forest High School, Janie was a member of many clubs and groups including the National Honor Society where she ranked #10 in her class of 323, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Cheerleading, Swimming and Diving, Pep Club, and Interact Club. Janie will be attending the University of Illinois in Champaign.


Officer Jason Vodnik - Secretary- Oak Forest Police Association.
Timothy J. Kristin
Chief of Police

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