Chicago, IL – Chicago Police Department (CPD) Officer Israel “Izzy” Martinez died unexpectedly on April 12, according to the police union.
Officer Martinez, 27, served eight years in the Illinois Army National Guard prior to joining the CPD in June of 2017, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 7 said in a blog post on Tuesday.
He was a staff sergeant and deployed to Kuwait during his military service, the union explained on a fundraising page established to help the officer’s family in the wake of their loss.
“Israel loved serving both as a military service member and as a Chicago Police Officer,” the FOP said.
Officer Martinez was assigned to the CPD’s 18th District, where he served on the tactical team.
“He always rendered aid when people were injured and he saved more than a few lives,” the FOP said. “He was a happy, helpful, and intelligent young man. He was funny and always helping those in need.”
Officer Martinez put himself through an armorer training program during his off-time and also “mastered additional lifesaving training” to help him better serve his community, the union noted.
He was recognized by his department in March of 2020 for saving the life of a 15-year-old boy who had been stabbed multiple times outside a North Side Red Line Station, the Chicago Sun-Times reported at the time.
“Upon arrival to the scene, we saw the individual has been stabbed multiple times across the body, predominantly in the chest,” Officer Martinez explained.
He applied a chest seal to the boy’s wound and stayed with him until emergency medical personnel arrived and transported him to the hospital.
The teen, who had also been stabbed in the leg and arm, survived the attack, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“Last month, Officer Martinez went above and beyond when he successfully applied his Chicago Police Department training to help a juvenile,” CPD North District Commander Jill Stevens said during the award ceremony. “He’s a hard-working, dedicated officer who engages positively with the community.”
He was recognized by the department again earlier this month for saving the life of another stabbing victim, the CPD said in a Facebook post at the time.
That victim was “bleeding profusely from the neck” when Officer Martinez and his partner found him, he said in a brief interview about the incident.
Officer Martinez applied a clotting agent, which slowed the victim’s bleeding long enough to get him to a hospital.
“Officer Martinez was a well-rounded person who was respected and well-liked by many people,” the FOP said.
He leaves behind his parents and his two sisters, according to the police union.
He was a genuine hero, but never dwelled on that fact, saying repeatedly he was only doing his job. Protecting the public and saving lives, he remained humble. pic.twitter.com/JzB0VZA2Xl
— Michael Carroll (@Carroll46) April 12, 2021
The #ChicagoPolice Dept. and @ChicagoCAPS18 family lost one of our treasured members this week, PO Israel Martinez. He was a humble, bright, and kind young man. He will truly be missed. Please keep his family in your prayers. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/2ssD3jKjVF
— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) April 14, 2021
Gone, but not forgotten.
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) April 14, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Chicago Police Department Officer Israel “Izzy” Martinez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.