Before Eduardo Marmolejo assimilated a Chicago Police Department, he was assisting people in a opposite way.
As an puncture room technician during Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Marmolejo drew blood for nurses, ecstatic patients around a sanatorium and schooled CPR, according to a crony and a former colleague.
“He favourite to tell stories about saving people’s lives,” pronounced Brendan Kiefer, 36, who pronounced he had been friends with Marmolejo given high school.
The married father of 3 girls took that goal to another turn when he became a sworn military officer on Apr 25, 2016. But on Monday night, it was Marmolejo’s life that could not be saved when he and his partner were fatally strike by a South Shore train as they investigated a call of shots dismissed on a Far South Side. Marmolejo and Conrad Gary, 31, were following a consider on a marks when they were both strike and killed.
Marmolejo was reserved to a Police Department’s Calumet District, yet he lerned to turn an officer in a Chicago Lawn, Ogden and Morgan Park districts, according to police. In his brief time with a department, Marmolejo had already perceived 4 honest mentions internally, a earthy aptness endowment and a dialect commendation.
At a Calumet District, Marmolejo was famous for his ambition. He had a prophesy for his career and didn’t demur to ask questions about how to grasp it, an officer who knew him good pronounced Tuesday.
“Marmolejo aspired to be on one of those tactical units, and he was on a list for care for plainclothes,” pronounced Lt. Landon Wade. “He wanted to know what purpose would lead him to success.”
Outside work, Marmolejo, who grew adult in a Back of a Yards area on a South Side, had been married to his high propagandize swain for about 6 years, Kiefer said.
“He had a tough upbringing with not most income flourishing up, and he incited his life into something,” Kiefer said.
In June, a family distinguished a eldest daughter’s quinceanera, or 15th birthday. It was not famous how aged a other dual daughters were, yet friends pronounced they were younger.
Reached by phone on Tuesday, a male who identified himself as Marmolejo’s younger hermit pronounced a family was too distraught to talk.
“At a moment, right now, we are still estimate everything,” he said.
Marmolejo was a second eldest of dual brothers and dual sisters, pronounced Roberto Puerta, a childhood crony who went to Fulton Elementary School with him.
“He was a one who kept his family tight. Family was all to him,” Puerta said. “He lerned everybody good in box something like this ever happened.”
Marmolejo’s enterprise to assistance others gathering him to turn a military officer, Puerta said. Seeing patients during a sanatorium shabby Marmolejo since he wanted to support people before they got hurt.
On Tuesday morning, a military automobile stood ensure outward a Marmolejo family home in West Beverly. A pointer that said, “Proud Sutherland Family,” a anxiety to a Chicago open school, was displayed outward a home.
Holiday decorations dotted a still retard filled with single-family section homes. The Far South Side area is home to city workers, including other military officers. Neighbors, who did not wish to be identified, pronounced Marmolejo and his family changed to a area in new years and kept to themselves.
Marmolejo would frequently be seen jogging on a block, call one neighbor to provoke him that he was display off.
In October, Marmolejo and his wife, Maria, ran a Chicago Marathon together. They didn’t tell anyone until they crossed a finish line and posted it on Facebook, Kiefer said.
“He was unequivocally common in all he was doing until he achieved it,” Kiefer said.
Kiefer pronounced he initial met Marmolejo when they were 16 and operative during a Brown’s Chicken during West 61st Street and South Pulaski Road in a West Lawn neighborhood.
As a dual grew tighten during work, they started unresolved out with any other’s organisation of area friends. Kiefer pronounced he introduced Marmolejo to Maria, who was a good crony of Kiefer’s from facile school.
Kiefer removed their affection, observant that Marmolejo, after training Maria played soccer, wore a soccer jersey during their initial excursions to stir her even yet no one had seen him dress that approach before.
Yashica Bailey, who worked with Marmolejo during Advocate Christ Medical Center for about 5 years, pronounced a sanatorium was ravaged by a news of Marmolejo’s death.
“The mood during work currently is really, unequivocally down,” Bailey said. “I’ve been good all day.”
Bailey pronounced she got to know Marmolejo since he would ride patients from a puncture room to a CAT indicate department, where she worked. Sometimes he pushed patients in wheelchairs or carried them on a stretcher, she said, and he was always smiling, shouting and joking. He would ask her about her family and stop to chat.
But he took his pursuit seriously.
“He was a unequivocally tough worker. He was unequivocally compassionate,” Bailey said. “I consider he indeed became a lead (technician). That only goes to uncover his work ethic, and how he had worked for his family.”
Sometimes Marmolejo kept his accomplishments and aspirations to himself, his friends said.
Marmolejo did not tell them that he was perplexing to turn a military officer until he done it on a force, pronounced a friend, Jose Magana, who also worked with him during a West Lawn Brown’s Chicken. Marmolejo also didn’t divulge to many when he warranted his college grade from Moraine Valley Community College. He graduated in May 2012 with an associate’s grade in rapist justice, according to a school.
It was as if Marmolejo wanted to initial infer to himself that he could do it, Magana said.
“He never wanted nobody to demeanour down on him if he failed,” Magana said.
He added, “As he got older, he was only a tough worker. He did what he had to do. He was a good husband.”
A fundraising page has been set adult in Marmolejo’s name to assistance his family during a holidays and beyond.
“His smile, jokes, and adore for his friends and his girls during home will perpetually be missed,” a page said.