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Lou Schoenfeldt
Louis F. Schoenfeldt

By Jerry Bleck, Illinois Chapter Life Member

It is with deep regret I announce the passing of retired Chicago Police Lieutenant and Chicago Communication Center Commander, Louis Schoenfeldt. Lou began his career as a Chicago Police Department patrol officer in 1959 and was promoted to sergeant in 1972. Lou was assigned to communications at that time and was instrumental in implementing 9-1-1 telephone service for the City of Chicago. In 1976 Chicago was the first city in the nation to install enhanced 9-1-1 telephone service complete with ANI and ALI along with selective routing by city police district. Lou retired from the Chicago Police Department in 1985 as a lieutenant and later held positions as Deputy Director of the Tri-Com Central Dispatch Center in Geneva and as Communications Supervisor for the Palatine Police Department. Afterward Lou also worked as a representative for Tel-Trac, a Pacific Bell owned company that specialized in locating stolen vehicles and the tracking of fleet vehicles.

As an Illinois APCO Chapter officer, Lou was always recruiting members to step up and become Board members in the Chapter. He was always encouraging individuals to become more active, bring in new members, and get involved with public safety issues. Many of the current Illinois APCO Board members consider Lou not only as a friend, but a mentor who helped them as they developed their leadership skills within the chapter.

Lou always had great foresight and was one who saw the need and great value of telecommunicator training in public safety. He worked diligently developing both basic and advanced class room curriculum for telecommunicators. For more than a decade he served as an instructor for the North East Multi-Regional Training Council (NEMRT) in Illinois, and later he operated his own training and consulting business out of his home.

Lou was very active in APCO. He served Illinois APCO in every chapter office throughout his distinguished career. Lou served on many APCO committees and was instrumental in hosting the 1976 Signals Of Progress APCO National Conference at Chicago's Conrad Hilton Hotel. At the time of his passing he was one of only a few who ever achieved the Illinois Chapter Life membership status.

Lou passed away on July 7, 2005 at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife, Sally, his three children, Carolyn, Paul, and John, and many grandchildren.