Mount Prospect police are mourning the loss of longtime Officer Larry Rosenbarski, who left life in the corporate sector nearly two decades ago to pursue a calling to serve others.
Rosenbarski, 58, died Saturday after suffering a significant medical event at his home, Police Chief Tim Janowick said.
"He was very dedicated to his job," Janowick said. "He had great pride in being a police officer."
Rosenbarski served as a patrol officer, covering a beat that encompassed the area south of downtown. His financial knowledge from his previous career in the corporate world allowed him to build close ties with the village's business community, Janowick said. He also served on the police pension board and as treasurer for the patrol officers' union.
Rosenbarski was 39 years old when he joined the force in 1998, making him the oldest person hired by the police department as a first-time officer. To do so, he took advantage of a temporary break in a state law barring the hiring of anyone over the age of 35 as a new officer.
"He felt a calling in his 30s," Janowick said. "We were very fortunate that the law changed for that period of time, allowing him to join us."
Mount Prospect officers will be wearing mourning shrouds over their badges in honor of Rosenbarski, and patrol car P-14, Rosenbarski's assigned vehicle, will be taken out of service this week and placed at the front entrance of the police station until his funeral.
Rosenbarski is survived by his wife and a stepdaughter, Janowick said. Funeral arrangements are pending.