Mount Prospect IL March 22 2017 The Mount Prospect Police Dept. is mourning one of its own after Officer Larry Rosenbarski, a 19-year veteran of the department died unexpectedly over the weekend while off-duty.
Rosenbarski, 58, of Lake in the Hills, died suddenly Saturday, March 18 of an apparent significant medical event, Police Chief Tim Janowick stated on the department’s Facebook page.
“It was an absolute shock for us,” Janowick told the Journal & Topics Newspapers Monday.
Janowick said Lake in the Hills police contacted Mount Prospect police after discovering him alone at his home Saturday. An autopsy was scheduled Monday.
He leaves behind a wife and stepdaughter.
Prior to joining the department at age 39 in 1998, Rosenbarski served in the banking industry for several years. He was reportedly expected to retire from the police force in January 2018.
Janowick said this veteran of the department was well-known to many in the community and will be dearly missed by all. He requests the public to keep Rosenbarski, his wife and family and the law enforcement family in their thoughts and prayers this week.
Throughout his career with the department, Janowick said Rosenbarski achieved recognition from the community on several occasions.
“He was never a guy that wanted to move up (the ranks) and just wanted to serve on the streets,” Janowick said. “He was well-known amongst businesses and residents.”
Rosenbarski worked the afternoon shift for several years. He had also served on the police pension board and was an advisor for many patrol officers on how to be financially savvy, Janowick added.
Wake and funeral arrangements are still being prepared. Counseling services were provided immediately after the news broke within the department of Rosenbarski's passing. Officers were also provided names of social workers and counselors in the area should they need additional grief support in the days to come, Janowick said.
In honor of Rosenbarski’s life of service, every officer will be wearing mourning shrouds over their badges.
Rosenbarski’s squad car P-14 has been taken out of service this week and placed at the front entrance of the police station off Emerson Street downtown until the funeral. That vehicle was his assigned patrol car. Flowers and messages are being left on the windshield of the vehicle.
The police department posted the news of Rosenbarksi’s passing on their Facebook page, which resulted in countless of people leaving comments.
Mayor Arlene Juracek said, “Condolences and prayers to family, colleagues and all whom Officer Rosenbarski impacted in his service to the community.”
Village trustee candidate Eleni Hatzis said, “So sad. We will be lighting a candle for him and his family. May he rest in peace.”
Fellow trustee candidate William Grossi chimed in stating, “RIP and payers for him and his family.”
Janowick added the department is looking at ways to permanently honor Rosenbarski.
Visitation is scheduled for 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 24 at Friedrichs Funeral Home, 320 Central Rd., Mount Prospect. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25 at St. Stephen Church, 1267 Everett Ave., Des Plaines, followed by interment at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.