DOUGLAS — Subway employees on Tuesday presented Chicago police detectives with a $10,000 check of gratitude after police solved the February murder of a sandwich shop employee.
The check was written out to the 100 Club, an organization that provides financial assistance to families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. It was described as a "token of gratitude" for the department's work in bringing charges against Anthony White for the murder of 54-year-old Lyn Ward in a West Town Subway sandwich shop on Feb. 9.
"We can never make it better, but, at the end of the day, [CPD] did amazing work to bring closure to this case," said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. "It's fitting that the donation goes to the 100 Club ... it seems like a nice full circle."
More than 10 members from all three groups gathered on stage for the reception at Chicago police headquarters. Among them was Amit Patel, Ward's manager at the Subway in the 1100 block of N. Western Ave., where she worked for six years.
"Lyn was a wonderful woman," he said. "I hate to see something like that happen to an employee."
Leads in Ward's initially went cold, according to McCarthy, but a break in the case developed when detectives were put on White's trail.
"This [donation] will go a long way in ensuring that we can provide deserving families of police officers, who are killed in the line of duty, continued support. The 100 Club extends its deepest condolences to the family of Lyn Ward," said Joe Ahern, CEO of the 100 Club.
Ward's family was not be present for the ceremony.