Officer Jennifer Maddox of the Chicago Police Department was named a CNN hero of the year for her work with children. (Photo: ABC Chicago screen shot)

Officer Jennifer Maddox of the Chicago Police Department was named a CNN hero of the year for her work with children. (Photo: ABC Chicago screen shot)

A Chicago police officer was recognized Sunday for her efforts to help children on the South Side.

Officer Jennifer Maddox was one of 10 people honored at CNN's 11th Annual "Heroes of the Year" event in New York.

Maddox started Future Ties, a non-profit after-school program dedicated to helping kids who live in the Parkway Gardens housing complex in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.

Maddox works a second job to support the program. Now she'll get another $10,000 in funding, ABC Chicago reports.

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