Jim Bailey ’85 credits the teachers and coaches of Marist High School with making him an effective field training officer with the Chicago Police Department. Specifically, he points to Mr. Santoni, Mr. Pavliga, Mrs. Kennedy, and Coach O’Connor for inspiring and encouraging him to excel in high school and beyond.
“Coach O’Connor continues to exhibit that positive inspiration today as one of my supervisors on the police force,” Jim explained. “There’s something about the friendships you build at Marist and even the connections you make when meeting an alum for the first time…it’s remarkable.”
Jim’s Marist experience instilled in him a belief that you can succeed in life while being humble and kind. “Catholic education is important to me because it teaches forgiveness and to not judge a person,” Jim explained. “These beliefs continue to be a part of my personal and professional life.”
A hockey player all four years at Marist, Jim still competes in charitable games with the Chicago Police Hockey Team – raising money for Honor Flight Chicago, an organization that recognizes veterans with a trip to Washington D.C. He also participates in the Chicago Blackhawks Get Out and Learn Program, which introduces the sport at the grassroots level to kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to try hockey.
When he’s not competing in triathlons or other races, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife Jamie and their son Kevin.
“It is humbling to be in the company of those who received this prestigious award before me,” Jim said. “I accept it on behalf of all Marist faculty, students and alumni who dedicate their time and effort to their school and their communities each and every day.”
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