Congressman Brad Schneider honored first responders and leaders Monday evening for their involvement in the Highland Park Fourth of July mass shooting response, calling them “incredible public servants.”
The event, called “Ceremony to Honor Highland Park’s Heroes,” was held Monday evening during a council meeting at the Highland Park City Hall.
Schneider represents Illinois’ 10th congressional district, which includes a large part of Lake County and small parts of Cook and McHenry County.
Local leaders and all Highland Park first responders were awarded a congressional certificate of recognition.
11 specific leaders were also given flags that were flown over the U.S. Capitol.
The 11 were Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, Highland Park City Manager Ghida Neukirch, Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen, Highland Park Fire Chief Joe Schrage, Illinois 29th District Senator Julie Morrison, Illinois 58th District Representative Bob Morgan, Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart, Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli and NorthShore Highland Park Hospital President Gabrielle Cummings.
Rotering, Neukirch, Jogmen and Schrage accepted the recognition on behalf of the city and its employees.
“This evening I was honored to recognize our community leaders and first responders who, with unbounded courage and remarkable grace, heroically served our community following the July 4th tragedy. Words are not enough to express our deep appreciation for these incredible public servants,” Schneider said.
“Thank you to Mayor Nancy Rotering and the Highland Park City Council for generously providing me time this evening to express the gratitude of our entire community,” Schneider added.