Joseph “Joey” F. Bronge III was born and raised in Melrose Park, Illinois by his parents Joseph and Lisa. After graduating from Sacred Heart Elementary School and Holy Cross High School, Joey made lifelong friendships when he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity in college. Joey first worked at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, but eventually found his calling when he became a Cook County Deputy Sheriff in 1998. During his 18 years as Deputy Sheriff, Joey acquired a deeper appreciation for law enforcement officers and the many sacrifices that are expected of our friends in blue. As a result, Joseph became an advocate for the people that represent the badge, especially those that had sacrificed their well-being and lives. Unfortunately, Joey passed unexpectedly on September 13, 2015. In the wake of their deep loss, Joey’s family and friends have now united to reinforce the importance of the cause for which he was so passionate, therefore creating the Joseph F. Bronge III Foundation.



Who Joey Was


All who were fortunate to have a relationship with Joey knew they were blessed to know such a unique individual.  Aside from his humorous, outspoken and opinionated nature, which never failed to engage those around him, Joey’s character always demonstrated his true sense of family value and loyalty. Joey gave the impression of having a tough attitude but at his core, he was gentle and kind. This was easily evident by his extreme devotion to his family, friends and pets.


Nothing was more important to Joey than his family and those he loved as family, who were too numerous to count. Although not a father himself, he was a father, godfather and uncle many times over and while he was an only child, he had more brothers and sisters than could be named.  To have Joey as family or friend was to have an unwavering ally. Joey always put others first and could always be counted on to help others.


Second only to his family was Joey’s love and passion for Chicago sports, especially the White Sox and Blackhawks. Joey was an old soul.  He surrounded himself with memorabilia from the Rat Pack and enjoyed old movies and music.  He loved to play the lottery and dreamed of winning so that he could share his good fortune with family, friends and those in need.