Lavorata tops IAPA’s 2023 honor roll

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Retired law enforcement officer Kenneth Lavorata will top the list of honorees at the Italian American Police Association dinner dance on Nov. 3 at the Chateau Ritz.

Lavorata served in the Marine Corps from 1964-67, including a tour of duty as a battalion scout in Vietnam from 1965-66. He entered the Police Academy in November 1967, and served as an officer for the Chicago Police Department for 35 years.

His assignments included the 12th, 25th and 20th districts; Area 4 and 5 Traffic; the Radar and Mass Transit units; and the Office of Special Events, coordinating police presence for major celebrations like the Taste of Chicago and the Columbus Day Parade.

After retiring with several honorable mentions in August 2002, he joined the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office as an investigator tasked with finding witnesses for cases. He retired from that position in 2016.

Dr. Willie Wilson will be honored as Humanitarian of the Year, Domenic Lupo will be honored as Officer of the Year, and James Viola and James Calvino will receive Lifetime Achievement awards at the event.

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