BRADLEY — The late former Kankakee Deputy Police Chief John Gerard almost always went about his business in a quiet, unassuming way.

He was never one to ask others for help.

He operated a boxing training program for more than 40 years out of his garage-turned-gym.

Lee Provost, an award-winning reporter, has been writing local news stories for The Daily Journal since 1988. He is a lifelong resident of the region. Provost can be reached at

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