- It was a sunny May morning in 2013 when two horses from the Chicago Police Department's Mounted Unit paid 9-year-old Kira Mammoser a visit outside the Park Ridge hospital she had called home for the last four months.
It would be one of the last outings of her short life.
Nearly three years later to the date, the horses were back at Advocate Children's Hospital, joined by a vibrantly colored, life-size horse statue that will serve as a memorial to the little girl who loved animals.
A dedication of the statue, which was donated to the hospital by Kira's parents, Cindy and Chuck Mammoser, took place Wednesday behind the Children's Outpatient Center, with family — including Kira's twin bother, Christian — friends, hospital staff and several Chicago police personnel present. The Rev. Daniel Brandt, the Chicago police chaplain and Park Ridge native who helped arrange for Kira to meet and pet the live horses three years ago, blessed the memorial statue and those gathered around it.
A fitting gesture and a wonderful remembrance.
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