A Real Life Hero Remembered
Officer Philip Maher was a role model and friend to Collinwood residents, serving as a police patrolman and as a crossing guard for the school children of St. Jerome and Memorial schools. He died while on duty after assisting the victim of a motorcycle accident. The Corner of East 152nd and Lake Shore Blvd. is known as Maher Square in his honor and a stone monument was placed at the corner.
The monument has been struck by cars several times over the years and has finally been moved to a safer location, the front yard of St. Jerome School where so many of the children he looked out for each day went to school. A rededication ceremony was held Friday, September 27th with members of the Maher family and the current students of St. Jerome in attendance.
Parish Secretary/business manager at St. Jerome Church