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Edward Francis "Bucko" Bukowinski, Jr
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Birth: Dec. 6, 1946
Death: Oct. 12, 1997

Deputy Chief Bucko
Frankfort Police Department

1st Brigade (sep) A 1/327 101st Airborne Division
Screaming Eagle

12th Special Forces Group Airborne De Oppresso Liber

married July 5, 1970

Chicago Tribune

Frankfort Deputy Police Chief Edward F. "Bucko" Bukowinski, 50, died Sunday of cancer in his home in Frankfort.

Mr. Bukowinski served in the Army from 1966 to 1969 with the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. He continued to serve in the Army Reserves until he retired in 1994. A 1964 graduate of St. Rita High School in Chicago, Mr. Bukowinski was the only person to be awarded a lifetime membership with the Illinois Tactical Officers Association. "He was probably the most dedicated and professional individual I have met in my life," said Frankfort Police Chief Darrell Sanders.

Survivors include his wife, Venita; three daughters, Janel, Tami and Mariel; his father, Edward; his mother, Sophia; two sisters; and a brother.

Services will be at 8:45 a.m. Thursday in the Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 9000 W. 151 St., Orland Park. Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Anthony Church, Frankfort.

Herald News, The (Joliet, IL) - October 16, 1997
Deceased Name: Deputy Chief Ed "BUCKO" Bukowinski WILL BE RECALLED AS GOOD GUY

I knew him as a Frankfort cop for more than four years, but I didn't know how to spell his real name when he died last Sunday.

That's because Deputy Chief Ed Bukowinski was always referred to by his nickname by fellow officers, village officials, even residents who knew the tough cop with the soft heart.

"Just write down that I'm Bucko, that's what everybody knows me as," he told me in a gruff voice the first time I met him at the annual Frankfort Car Show.

The now 50 year-old cop and ex-Airborne still looked like he could model for an enlistment poster and I decided to write whatever he told me to put down.

On this occasion, Bucko wanted me to report on and photograph his "secret entry" in the car show, a brand new 1994 Chevy Caprice with a 350 four-barrel engine exposed under the hood.

The fastest thing on the street, said Bucko and I took him serious until he finally let me in on the gag.

The Chevy was an unmarked squad car with a hastily made sign in front of the grill that said "Frankfort Police Racing Team."

The sign listed Bucko as the driver with Chief Darrell Sanders as the pit crew chief and Police Commander Ron Smith as the chief mechanic.

Of course, Sanders and Smith didn't know they were on the team until they passed the spot Bucko had chosen for the prank.

Perhaps the car wasn't a classic, but Bucko was as a police officer.

He had the public image and appearance that made you pay attention when he spoke and the intrinsic compassion and humor that made you want to listen once you knew the guy.

"That rough exterior didn't mean squat," said l Sanders about his long time police force partner.

Sanders knew that underneath the necessary image was a person who cared about people as well as law enforcement.

Cancer was the only offender Bucko probably ever faced that got the better of him and even at that, the disease knew it had been in a fight when it took on Frankfort's tough cop.

They called him "Bucko", but his name was Ed Bukowinski ... and Frankfort should be proud of his service.


I am honored to have met him. He was a good friend. He had quit smoking when I met him, he loved to chew on coffee stirrers. He shared his C-Rations with me.


Family links: 
  Edward N Bukowinski (1917 - 2004)
  Sophie A Ostrowski Bukowinski (1911 - 2000)
  Venita Frances Bukowinski
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Will County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Rita Botkin Bomher
Record added: Nov 11, 2010
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Edward Francis Bucko Bukowinski, Jr
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my deepest respect
- Rita Botkin Bomher
 Added: Nov. 11, 2010

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