C H I C A G O P O L I C E D E PA R T M E N T
COURAGE, COMMITMENT, INTEGRITY AND COMMUNITY
A 20 08 TRIBUTE
R I C H A R D M . D A L E Y, M AY O R • J O D Y P. W E I S , S U P E R I N T E N D E N T
Message from the Superintendent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Courage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Commitment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Integrity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Sacrifice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Message from the Superintendent
ourage. Commitment. Integrity. Community. Countless times each day, po-
lice officers live out these values, sometimes in a split-second moment and,
other times, through relentless effort. The situations which call out the character
of the men and women of the Chicago Police Department are too many to ever fully
capture or express. Stories in the news often only hint at the hearts and minds of the
Television can show the aftermath of a crime scene, but beyond the cameras is the
fearless response of officers who answered a citizen’s call for help. Newspapers can list
charges against a criminal, but between the lines one will find the dedication of officers
who worked tirelessly to bring an offender to justice. Radio programs can announce
the closing of a drug house or the number of weapons seized from a search warrant,
but off the air is the tireless, quiet surveillance of the officers who made it happen. Even
less noticed are the reports and procedures completed each day, the small interac-
tions that build bonds of trust between people, and the special attention given to
communities through each tour of duty.
This book is a tribute to the men and women of the Chicago Police Department, who
bring their best into their work every day. Here are illustrations of bravery, excellence,
diligence and partnership, which have been recognized publicly. Contained in these
pages are only a small number of the stories of courage, commitment, integrity and
community which are present every day in the work of our police officers, and that are
frequently overlooked. In these pages, and in the memories that they inspire, are the
essence of what it means to be a Chicago Police Officer.
Chicago Police Officers received awards for outstanding service in 2008.
"A coward turns away, but a brave man's choice is danger."
Courage is worn every time police officers pin their stars onto their uniform.
It is carried into every unknown circumstance that police respond to each
day. It is shared with every hand that officers extend to help the person who
calls for aid. Courage is on display every day in the remarkable risks Chicago
Police officers take, as part of their oath to serve and protect.
APPREHEND BANK ROBBER
OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
At approximately 10:05 a.m. a 28-year-old
Chicago man walked into the National City
Bank, and handed a teller a note demanding
money, implying he had a gun. The teller gave
the offender the money and he exited the
As he ran from the bank, a witness saw him
get into a white vehicle and speed away. The
witness thought the man running looked sus-
picious and wrote down the vehicle’s
license plate number.
Two SWAT officers working in the area
noticed the offender’s car traveling
westbound on North Avenue and broadcast
the location of the vehicle. The offender
turned northbound on Kedzie Avenue and
sped up. As he attempted to turn onto Homer
Street, he lost control and hit a tree.
The offender ran from the vehicle and the two
SWAT officers chased him on foot into an
alley in the 1900 block of North Kedzie where
he was taken into custody. After his capture,
the offender was turned over to the FBI.
‘Dad is shining down on you’
Cabrini-Green, Detectives saves girl —much like firefighter father did
FRIDAY, February 15, 2008 CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, By Kara Spak
F our-year-old Ladayza Vinson slept in her brand-new school outfit Wednesday night, excited to wear
it to preschool Thursday. Covered in soot, the outfit didn’t make it to school. But Ladayza did,
thanks to a Chicago Police detective working overtime who carried her through the smokey hallways of a
burning Cabrini-Green building early Thursday morning.
“He just tried to save me,” Ladayza
said of Chicago Police Detective Robert
McVicker. “I didn’t have no socks on
“He is a hero and then smoke just came.”
Ladayza’s mother, Satara Vinson,
spent Thursday hastily packing clothes,
because he does stuff toys and other items in cardboard boxes
and black garbage bags, waiting to be
like this every day.” relocated to another unit in the Chicago
Housing Authority complex.
“He is a hero because he does stuff
like this every day,” she said of
McVicker. “I’d like to thank him, the
firefighters and everyone else who participated in rescuing everyone. It was a horrible night.”
McVicker dismissed talk that his actions were anything more than another night working overtime.
“Do I feel like a hero?” he said. “Not at all.” McVicker said he does feel kinship with his late father, a
Chicago firefighter who pulled four children safely from a building in 1969.
“People told me today, “Dad is shining down on you, he’s proud of you,” McVicker said. His two
brothers are Chicago firefighters and his partner on the beat early Thursday morning was his wife, Chicago
Police Officer Rosalind McVicker.
Chicago fire officials said Thursday an open flame in the bathroom of an apartment at 911 N. Huron
started the fire on Thursday. No one was seriously injured.
Close call on midnight run
OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS
SATURDAY, September 20, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
The Police Medal and Superintendent’s Award of Valor was
Cops shoot, kill man presented to Officer Charlie Johnson of the 4th District. On
attacking his brother March 15, 2007, Johnson and his part-
A man was shot and killed by ners, working as members of the
Chicago police early Friday after district’s Midnight Violence Suppression
officers saw him stabbing his Team, observed three people who
brother, police said. appeared to be under curfew age.
Officers responded about 1 a.m. When the officers approached to
to a call of a battery in progress in question them, they ran away.
the 100 block of North Bell While the other officers on the team
Avenue. They saw Tyrone K. Bell, quickly apprehended two of the suspects,
20, stabbing the victim, police said. Officer Johnson took pursuit of the
Bell, who lived on the same block,
remaining suspect who was at large.
was ordered to stop, but he
When he caught up to the suspect, she
refused, and one of the officers
suddenly turned, placed a revolver to the
shot him, according to police.
Bell’s brother, whose name was officer’s chest, and pulled the trigger.
not released, was taken to Stroger Fortunately the gun misfired.
Hospital. Authorities could not say When the armed offender ignored repeated or-
the extent of his injuries. No officers ders to drop her weapon, Officer Johnson fired,
were injured. preventing her from refiring her weapon at him.
It was later discovered that the wounded offender was on pro-
bation for aggravated battery with a shotgun. She was taken
into custody and charged after receiving medical attention.
“I didn’t have time to think. I just reacted.”
FRIDAY, May 9, 2008 - OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS
The Lambert Tree refused and opened fire. Wysinger returned fire, and
Award, this year’s highest chased the offender down the street where he subsequently
honor for police bravery, tackled the gunman, disarmed him, and placed him
went to Deputy Chief under arrest.
Alfonza Wysinger. The gunman, who shot and wounded one of Wysinger’s
On June 23, 2007, Wysinger was attending his neighbors, was charged with attempted murder of a
grandmother’s 80th birthday party when he saw an police officer.
armed offender firing down the street. “I didn’t have time to think. I just reacted—basically
Wysinger jumped off the porch and ran toward the instinct and training. The final mission was to apprehend
gunman. He announced he was a police officer and the bad guy who had wounded an innocent bystander,”
ordered the offender to drop his weapon. The offender Wysinger said.
Man bucks at police with AK-47 after killing a man
SATURDAY,April 19, 2008 - CHICAGO TRIBUNE, By Jeremy Gorner
Chicago police arrested a suspect who used an AK-47 out of a blue vehicle and walked into a plumbing
assault rifle during a shootout with police Friday night, contractor's business in the 700 block of West 115th
shortly after he used the weapon Street with the rifle. Witnesses
to fatally shoot Marcus Hen- heard a gunshot, saw the man
dricks, 34, of South Suburban leave and get back into the vehicle
Flossmoor, inside a Far South before fleeing.
Side plumbing business, police Officers stopped the vehicle
said. near 110th and Union. When
No one was hurt during the the officers approached, the
shootout with police, which gunman jumped out with the
occurred about 7:20 p.m. near rifle and opened fire on the
West 110th Street and South officers, firing approximately 16
Union Avenue in the Roseland rounds through the front of the
neighborhood. The gun was recovered. Shortly squad car windshield. The officers fired back then
before the shootout, witnesses said the gunman got chased the gunman on foot, apprehending him.
Extra Alarm Blaze in Pilsen Displaces Dozens
MONDAY, August 11, 2008 - By CHICAGO TRIBUNE, By Jeremy Gorner
Two alert Chicago Police officers prevented a tragedy Agin and Daliege described the scene as “scary” and
early Monday morning when they spied smoke and described their own life-saving actions as “automatic.”
flames in the Pilsen neighborhood and helped dozens of Other Chicago Police officers arrived soon afterward to
residents vacate three buildings that eventually were assist in the evacuations. Chicago Fire Department
consumed by fire, officials said. Commissioner John Brooks said about 30 residents in
Five people suffering from smoke inhalation were sent the three burning buildings at 1506, 1508 and 1510 W.
to area hospitals and other building dwellers were 18th Street were displaced. Representatives of the
treated on the scene of the extra-alarm blaze, fire offi- Chicago Department of Human Services and American
cials said. None of the injuries was thought to be life- Red Cross of Greater Chicago were on hand early
threatening. Monday morning to help them find temporary housing.
But officials said it could have been far worse. “They Scores of firefighters attacked the rapidly spreading fire,
risked their own lives to save them,” said Monroe Dis- which quickly was elevated to three-alarm status. The
trict Lt. Deborah Izzo, referring to officers Laura Agin fire was brought under control shortly before 4 a.m.,
and Michael Daliege, who saw the fire in the 1500 block but firefighters remained on the scene as of 7:15 a.m.
of West 18th Street shortly before 1:40 a.m. and putting water on small flames. A Fire Department
immediately ran into one of the buildings and began spokesman said the roof of one of the burning buildings
rousing residents. collapsed.
Man killed in blaze; 2 cops, firefighter hurt
WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2008 - CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Staff Reporter
A man was killed and two Chicago Police officers and a the Yards neighborhood, said Fire Department
firefighter were hurt in a fire Monday night on the South spokesman Eve Rodriguez. Arthur Kosnalski, 37, was
Side after running into the home and helping three other taken to Holy Cross Hospital in critical condition and
residents escape, officials said. was pronounced dead at 10:38 p.m., officials said.
The fire began about 9:40 p.m. in the rear of the sec- The two officers and firefighter sustained smoke
ond-floor apartment of a two-and-a-half story building inhalation. Their injuries were not life-threatening. The
in the 4700 block of South Paulina Street in the Back of three residents rescued from the fire were not injured.
"Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance."
— Samuel Johnson
When lights and sirens go on, everyone pays attention. But after the chaos, it is the police who
remain; it is the police who make sure that the cases get solved and that peace is restored.
Commitment is what the men and women of the Chicago Police pledge when they join the
Department, and it is what they show in every action that they take.
12,662 Guns removed from Chicago streets through 01 December 2008.
CHICAGO P OLIC E SOLV E 1981 MURD ER OF P IZZA D ELIV ERY DRIVER
WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2008 Chicago Police Detectives have solved a nearly 27-year-old homicide case
OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS that involved the murder of a North Side pizza delivery driver. For more than
two decades, the trail to solving this crime had grown cold as witnesses failed
to come forward with critical information leading to the offender.
On June 12, 1981, Chicago Police discovered the 29-year-old man fatally shot in the alley behind the pizzeria he
was employed with in the 1900 block of West Chicago Avenue. Today, the investigation reached a culmination as
the tireless efforts of Chicago Police Cold Case and Area 4 Detectives led to criminal charges against the victim’s
boss and pizzeria owner.
Michael Cosmano, 56, of suburban Naperville was arrested on an active warrant for murder with intent to kill.
Chicago Police Detectives cracked the case after speaking with witnesses who provided both critical details of the
crime and helped identify the offender.
A verbal dispute regarding wages and employment conditions escalated and ended with the victim fatally shot in
Chicago Police Detectives obtained an arrest warrant that led members from the Chicago Police Department’s Cold
Case Squad and Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force to a residence in Naperville, where Cosmano was arrested
Man held in quintuple slaying
THURSDAY, June 12, 2008 Excerpted from CHICAGO TRIBUNE, By Angela Rozas
Suspect bragged to friends
C alumet Area Detectives had been poring through hundreds of tips involving the multiple slayings of five people
in the 7600 block of South Rhodes Avenue. “This was one that stood out,” said Detective Tim Murphy, standing
alongside Detectives Dan Stover and Neil Maas. The detectives had been working around the clock since Friday when
a tip came in. Police today announced murder charges against a South Side man for the slayings of five people in a
Chatham home in April. Charged in the April 22 murder is Torolan Williams, 22, of the 11600 block of South Artesian
Avenue. Williams is accused of killing Anthony Scales, Lakesha Doss, Whitney Flowers, Donovan Richardson and
Reginald Walker. Williams was overheard by a citizen, bragging about the murders at a South Side gas station, the
witness called the police. Robbery is believed to be the motive in shootings that left three men and two women dead.
The tip led detectives to Williams, who is charged with all five murders as well as armed robbery and home invasion.
On April 22, 2008, the victims had a barbecue at the home and the guests left about 11:30pm. The following
afternoon, the bodies were found on the first floor, all shot in the head. Williams knew some of the victims and was
caught with a television stolen from the home. Chief of Detectives Thomas Byrne, credited the community, efforts of
the detectives and the witness who came forward. The mother of one of the victims tearfully thanked the detectives.
“I want to say thank you...I really appreciate it, and I never gave up on you all,” she said.
Chicago Police capture man wanted in Missouri shootings
WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2008 OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS
O n Saturday, March 2, 2008, St. Robert, Missouri officers from the 15th District captured Brown the
police officers on routine patrol heard a number of following Sunday when they responded to a disturbance
gunshots ring out and observed a large crowd running in the 5400 block of W. Washington Blvd. Brown was
from a nightclub in the vicinity. Four victims were found found hiding in a rear porch stairwell after being
to be shot inside the club. Witnesses gave St. Robert’s identified by witnesses as being wanted in the Missouri
police information that led to Robert Brown, 28, being shootings. A computer check verified this information
identified as the shooter. Brown managed to flee the area and Brown was taken into immediate custody.
before police arrived on the scene. Chicago Police
NOWHERE TO HIDE
Chase of fugitive ends when CPD Helicopter responds
TUESDAY, April 29, 2008 OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS
A man sought for robbery was taken into custody after a Chicago
Police helicopter located and kept him in sight following a
chase that began in Chicago and ended in Lisle, Illinois.
Gregory Lucano, 33, of the 6200 block of S. Newland
Ave., was charged with aggravated battery of a police officer
and multiple traffic offenses stemming from the pursuit that
began when police attempted to serve a warrant at Lucano’s
When police arrived, Lucano jumped from a third floor balcony and ran before police could arrest him. Later that
day, officers learned he was in the area of 77th and Linder Ave. During an attempt to arrest him, he resisted arrest
and slammed a car door on the arm of the officer and drove away. Officers requested assistance and Burbank, IL.
Police picked up the pursuit until Summit, IL. Police took over, and Chicago Police Helicopter One
responded. The helicopter located the offender’s car and continued to broadcast the vehicle’s direction while never
losing sight of the subject.
Lucano drove into the Ottawa Trails Woods in Lisle, left his vehicle and fled on foot with the helicopter
continuing to broadcast his movements. When the first officer on the ground arrived alone and took Lucano into
custody, the helicopter remained overhead until other officers arrived.
“The arrest of this dangerous felon and the success of this pursuit was a team effort,” said Chicago Police Chief Pilot
Harry Hohm. “Chicago Police, the suburban departments and U.S. Marshals were all involved and did an excellent
job,” added Hohm.
TV’s ‘Most Wanted’ fugitive
apprehended in Chinatown
TUESDAY, March 18, 2008 Excerpted from CHICAGO TRIBUNE, By Jeremy Gorner
Chicago 200 block of West 24th Place, where Wang was believed
P o l i c e to be staying, said Lt. Mark Adduci.
arrested a Prairie District Officer Jonathan Cohen said he and his
man in China- partner, Officer Matthew Nelson, were let into the
town believed to be a apartment by one of four people living there.
fugitive long- Cohen and Nelson found a copy of the Chinese-language
sought in connec- newspaper with the article about Wang. He compared
tion with a California 1998 double homicide and the photos in the paper with the people in the apartment
featured on the Web site of the TV program “America’s and identified Wang.
Most Wanted.” “He made no admission or anything like that,” Cohen
Central District police received a tip from someone who said. “We asked him to reveal the tattoos, and the
showed them a Chinese-language newspaper, World tattoos from the body were an exact match to the wanted
Journal, about the fugitive, Fu Lin Wang, police said. offender in the pictures.
The tipster, who police could not identify, told officers Police thought the person they arrested may have been
that the suspect was staying in Chinatown. using an alias, Cohen said. Police contacted FBI, which
Wang, who was already on parole for attempted murder supplied proof of his identity, including his connection to
in connection with an attack on relatives of his wife, is “America’s Most Wanted.” There were three warrants
accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife, Carol out for Wang’s arrest: homicide, parole violation and
Lee, and her son in December 1998 in Alhambra, bond forfeiture. A Chinese translator with the Police
California. Department read Wang his rights.
Central District officers informed Prairie District Wang was taken into custody and police identified his
officers that the fugitive was in their district, and identity through fingerprints. Wang appeared in court
officers from that district went to an apartment in the and was held without bond.
Alert cop nabs bank heist suspect
SUNDAY, February 17, 2008 - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, By Monifa Thomas
A south suburban man suspected in a string of District sent a description of the bank robber and his
robberies on the Northwest side and in nearby suburbs vehicle to every Chicago police officer.
was arrested Saturday—half an hour after he robbed a Grand Central District officer Bob Gniot saw a car
LaSalle Bank in the 4800 block of North Austin resembling the suspect’s at Kostner and Grand about
Boulevard, police said. 12:30 p.m., and after checking the plates, he arrested
The robbery took place around noon, when the the man and woman without incident. The bank heist
suspect walked into the branch, told the teller he had money was found in the car. “It was just an excellent
a gun, and then fled with roughly $4,000 in a getaway observation by Officer Gniot,” Grand Central Lt.
car driven by his wife. Officers from the Jefferson Park Thomas Clark said.
COPS: TIPS LED TO HALLOWEEN KILLER
FRIDAY, March 28, 2008 - Excerpted from Reporters Annie Sweeney & Lisa Donavan
When a pregnant woman was gunned Eric Wier were sent to make headway on
down on Halloween last year, police had a the case. Two spoke Spanish, and the
couple things going for them right away. other had a special knack at getting people
Cameras down the street had caught to talk. They went to parent’s meetings
some activity on the block before shots and had coffee. They got tips and made
rang out, striking Leticia Barrera in the arrests, which built trust. They showed
head. Church leaders and residents came photos of the people caught on camera in
out in the thousands to march and attend the minutes before and after the shooting.
the funeral, all the while demanding jus- And eventually, they found Orlando
tice. Avila, an 18-year-old alleged gang member
But police really needed to get deep who was charged with Barrera’s murder.
inside the neighborhood and push “Everybody should get their due on this
through cultural and language barriers in one,” said Chief of Detectives Thomas
the Back of the Yards. Around Christmas, Byrne. “They pounded it hard. They really
Area 2 Detectives Luis Otero and Joaquin did.”
Mendoza and 9th District tactical officer
INTEGRITY "Integrity is the essence of everything successful."
— Buckminster Fuller
A police officer is said to be the police 24 hours a day. Indeed, the integrity Chicago Police
officers possess is on display in every aspect of their lives. On duty or off, the men and women
of the Chicago Police Department consistently demonstrate the qualities which have earned
them the title "Chicago's Finest."
STOLEN AR TWORK SEIZED IN GUN BUST
WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2008
CHICAGO TRIBUNE A n investigation into gun trafficking by Chicago-area gang members led
police to an unexpected treasure on the far South Side Monday night: a
By Jeremy Gorner and Robert Mitchum van containing eight abstract paintings valued by their owner at $100,000.
Members of the Calumet Area gang team learned of the stolen artwork, which
was taken during a burglary at a storage facility in Lincolnwood earlier this
month, while questioning a gang member from Cicero who was arrested last
week for illegal gun sales to gang members.
The artwork was found in a van outside the home of one of the burglary
suspects, in the 11500 block of South Stewart Avenue in the West Pullman
neighborhood, said Sgt. Robert Belczak of the gang team.
Belczak said his team learned of the artwork’s whereabouts through an in-
formant about 8 p.m. Monday. The artwork was recovered by police at 11 p.m.
and turned over to the Lincolnwood Police Department on Tuesday morning.
Police also executed a search warrant on the residence of suspected gang mem-
ber Joseph Saleski, 18, of Cicero and confiscated three handguns, three rifles and a sawed-off shot gun. Police arrested
another man living in the building, Javier Mendoza, 27, who was charged for having one of the guns in his possession.
Some of the guns were also stolen from storage lockers in the Lincolnwood storage facility, police said.
FRIDAY, January 18, 2008 Staff Reporter
Off-duty cop spoils bank robbery
An off-duty Chicago Police officer working as a security guard foiled a robbery at a North
Side bank Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The attempted heist occurred about 1:20 p.m.
at the Albany Bank branch at 4400 N. Western Avenue.
The Belmont District officer was working security at the bank wheen a man walked in,
approached the teller and demanded cash. The guard announced he was an officer and arrested the
suspect before the money was taken.
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Northwest side traffic stop yields suspected date-rape drug
SATURDAY, January 12, 2008 Chicago police recovered what appeared to be about $50,000 worth of a
CHICAGO TRIBUNE date-rape drug Friday night after making a traffic stop on the city’s
Staff Reporter Northwest Side.
The drug was discovered shortly after 8 p.m. when officers pulled a
sport-utility vehicle over for a broken headlight in the 3700 block of West Foster Avenue, said Lt. Joe Porebski of
the Albany Park Police District. Porebski said that during the traffic stop, officers noticed that the vehicle’s steer-
ing column had been peeled back, often a sign of a car theft. Although the SUV turned out to belong to the driver,
police began asking questions and then searched the 32-year-old Chicago man who was driving the vehicle.
They uncovered a vial of liquid, which the driver insisted was a muscle supplement that wasn’t a steroid,
Porebski said. “The officers thought that was too much information, too much denial, “ he said. “They searched
through the rest of the vehicle and found three other bottles of that clear liquid.”
About 5,600 grams of the substance was recovered in the street stop. Police believe that the drug is GHB, a
date-rape drug. The driver was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Teenage mother charged
after abandoning infant
SUNDAY, September 7, 2008
OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS
Chicago Police have arrested and charged a teenage
mother today who wrapped her newborn infant in a
Cops say they tailed plastic bag and discarded the baby into a courtyard
outside of her Uptown apartment earlier this summer.
burglar as he worked The mother, 15, was charged with one count each
FRIDAY, April 18, 2008 of Attempt First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, By Annie Sweeney An alert citizen heard a baby’s muffled whimpering as
A career burglar was nabbed this week by he approached the courtyard of his residential building
Chicago Police officers who followed him for in the 4600 block of North Beacon St. The citizen
a day and watched him break into a North located the newborn infant injured and wrapped in a
Side bar, officials said Thursday. plastic grocery bag around 2:30 a.m. The man rushed
Charles Kimble, already on parole for the infant to a nearby Chicago Fire Station where the
burglary, confessed to 19 other break-ins, said infant was treated and taken to a nearby hospital.
Cmdr. Ed O’Donnell. Belmont Area Detective Jennifer Ryle tirelessly worked
O’Donnell said officers this week saw a to retrace the steps that led to the person who tossed
white van matching the description of a vehi- the newborn into the bushes that morning. Ryle
cle used in a March 31 North Side burglary. canvassed the area, released a Community Alert, and
Officers stopped the van, allegedly driven by
reached out to residents via community news Web sites
Kimble, 54, of Chicago, and got his name and
seeking any witnesses or helpful tips leading to the
Police set up surveillance on Kimble the
Her unrelenting effort led to the identity of the
next day. Officers followed him to a bar in the
2800 block of North Halsted and saw him and mother. The woman confessed to Detective Ryle that
an accomplice steal several items, O’Donnell she gave birth to the infant and discarded him into the
said. Police arrested Kimble and Genene courtyard. The nearly two-month old infant is slowly
Brewer, 42, of Peoria. thriving at a local hospital.
Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Stops an Armed Attacker in Utah
Act of heroism hails officer as an out-of-state hero
TUESDAY, September 16, 2008 OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS
A n off-duty Chicago Police officer in Utah attend- the officer shot the offender. The offender then
ing a law enforcement training camp came to the attempted to flee but the officer apprehended him and
aid of a man being stabbed by an attacker just outside held hin for responding on-duty Orem police officers.
an IHOP restaurant in Orem, Utah this past Saturday Both the victim and offender were taken in stable
morning. When the officer was exiting the restaurant at condition to local hospitals.
approximately 8:45 a.m., he observed three individuals “This officer unexpectedly found himself in a
in the parking lot. Two patrons of the restaurant were situation where he was required to exercise deadly force
approached in the parking lot by a stranger who began in order to save the life of another human being who
stabbing a male victim with a pair of fabric scissors. The was being attacked and repeatedly stabbed,” said
officer observed the attack taking place and rushed to Bureau of Professional Standards Deputy Superintendent
help the victim. Peter Brust. “His actions were nothing less than heroic
The officer, who is a firearms instructor in the and bring great credit upon the men and women of the
Chicago Police Education and Training Academy, ap- Chicago Police Department,” he added.
proached the offender, drew his gun, announced his of- Sergio Walter Weffer, 33, of Salt Lake City, Utah, is
fice and ordered the offender to drop the weapon. When expected to be charged with attempt murder.
the offender attempted to continue stabbing the victim,
“His actions were nothing less than heroic and bring
great credit upon the men and women of the
Chicago Police Department.”
— Peter Brust, Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Professional Standards
The drugs were in the mail, police say
A Chicago man was arrested on drug charges after police searched his Southwest Side home after
intercepting several suspicious packages mailed to his house that contained marijuana and cocaine.
Augustin Quinones. 42, of the 3500 block of West 74th Street was arrested Tuesday and charged with
felony drug possession. Police said they confiscated marijuana and cocaine valued at more than $97,000.
Authorities alleged that several suspicious packages sent through the U.S. Postal Service contained
about 15,000 grams of marijuana.
Girl held in acid attack on woman
Teen is found in California and returned to Chicago; victim is still hospitalized
OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS In the early-morning hours of July 28, a 16-year-old girl walked up to a
MONDAY, August 18, 2008 woman in Logan Square, threw sulfuric acid in her face and stole her purse.
THURSDAY, August 28, 2008
Esperanza Medina, 48, a social worker and mother of four, was getting into
SUNDAY, November 9, 2008
her car in the 2900 block of West Altgeld Street when she was attacked. She
suffered burns on a quarter of her body and remained sedated in a hospital, Salemme said.
Surveillance tapes from a nearby business showed several people leaving after the July 28 attack. Police released
part of the tape and asked for help identifying people.
The girl was identified after Cicero police officers saw the video and called Chicago police. They said they had
been called on July 28 to check on a teenage girl with apparent chemical burns on her hands and arms. The girl
gave several different stories about how she received the burns.
Once Chicago police began looking for her, their investigation led to California. The teen was arrested near
Stockton, California, where she has relatives, and was charged with armed robbery and heinous battery. Her name
was not released Sunday at a news conference led by Chicago Police Area 5 Cmdr. Joseph
Salemme because she is a juvenile, but police said the charges may be moved to adult
court. “She has given a statement implicating herself and another juvenile female,”
Salemme said. Although police are not ruling out additional offenders. The video-
tape showed several persons. The teen did not say why she had the chemicals
used in the attack. A second teenage girl was charged as an accomplice in
Four more charged in Logan Square caustic attack
Police have charged four additional people for allegedly throwing acid on a
woman during a July robbery. Two juveniles were originally charged in the
attack in August. Linda Dirzo, 58, of the 4500 block of S. Justine St.; Olfelia Garcia,
59,; Maria Olvera-Garcia, 35,; and a 16-year-old, all three of Cicero were charged
Saturday with armed robbery and heinous battery, according to police News Affairs.
Two other juveniles were charged in August with the help from surveillance tape and Chicago
and Cicero police officers. A 16-year-old was arrested for allegedly robbing and throwing acid on Esperanza
Medina, 48, as she left her home. Medina suffered third-degree burns over half her body and was forced to
undergo a series of skin grafts following the attacks. The latest juvenile to be charged is in a juvenile detention
center awaiting a hearing.
COMMUNITY "There can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community."
— M. Scott Peck
Community is more than people and buildings. It is the sense of belonging created by working
together for the well-being of others. The members of the Chicago Police Department embody
community each day that they act on a tip, connect with the faces on their beat, and remove
the elements which threaten the security of the common good.
City, cops praised for going to bat for pedestrians
MONDAY, June 23, 2008 - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES COMMENTARY
A s the voice of Chicagoland pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users, we praise the City of Chicago and the
Chicago Police Department for taking bold action to protect pedestrians with its crosswalk education mission
on June 9.
These missions bring much needed attention to pedestrian safety. On average, one pedestrian is killed in Chicago
each week, and it is important that drivers understand and follow the law that requires them to yield to pedestrians
in all crosswalks.
All road users, especially the most vulnerable, must be protected. Thanks to the City Department of
Transportation and the Chicago Police Department, more Chicagoans will understand the urgency of this campaign.
— Rob Sadowsky, Executive Director
Chicago Bicycle Federation
“If someone in the community knows something or has seen something,
their voice is more powerful than a gang-bangers gun.”
— Jody P. Weis, Superintendent, Chicago Police Department
Chicago Police join Humane Society to fight animal abuse
THURSDAY, January 10, 2008 -OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS
T he Chicago Police Department and the Humane Society of the United States announced that the HSUS will offer
a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal
fighting. This program extends the partnership formed between the agencies two years ago. During that time, the
HSUS has provided intelligence on dog fighting operations to the Department’s Animal Crimes Unit, sponsored
training for officers encountering dog-fighting crime and initiated campaigns, targeting youth, against animal fighting.
“The Chicago Police Department has been a leader when it comes to attacking the cruel, underground world of
dogfighting in Chicago,” said Ann Chynoweth, Senior Director of HSUS Animal Cruelty and Fighting Campaign.
The HSUS reports that more than 250,000 dogs are placed in dog fighting pits each year. In Chicago, 65 percent of
those arrested for animal abuse crimes—including dog fighting—were also arrested for violent crimes against people.
Program brings cops and teens together
SUNDAY, August 17, 2008 CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, METRO SECTION
J ust about every theater in town has some sort of outreach program. One of
the more unusual, The Police-Teen Link, was founded in 1999 at Live Bait
Theater, where Artistic Director Sharon Evan had a vision of bringing together
the two groups in an unusual mentoring program.
The 52-year-old Evans has brought the program to many Chicago
neighborhoods where police officers and teens meet in improve and creative
writing classes that foster insight, dialogue and understanding.
“The two groups start out very leery of each other, but by the end of eight
weeks, actual relationships are forming,” Evans said. “It’s a therapeutic
lesson in stress reduction for the officers and a life-changing experience for
many of the teens.”
Jefferson Park community residents partner
with Chicago Police and nab drug offender “We know that
THURSDAY, June 5, 2008 OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS when the community
gets involved in
A 16th District tactical team arrested a man for possession of Cannabis and
violation of bail bond after tips from citizens at a community beat meeting
provided officers with necessary details to establish surveillance and obtain
helping the police
with information on
and execute a warrant.
During a beat community meeting on May 22, citizens voiced numerous
complaints about possible drug sales at a residence in the district. A tactical the quality of life
team responded immediately by setting up covert surveillance to corroborate
and public safety is
the tips about illegal narcotics sales.
Eric Lee Miller, 25, of the 4900 block of West Eddy Ave. was taken into enhanced.”
custody on May 28, after police executed the search warrant. Miller, out on
bond for felony possession of narcotics, was also charged with Violation of
“We know that when the community gets involved in helping the police with
information on dangerous offenders, the quality of life and public safety is
enhanced,” said 16th District Cmdr. Anthony Ricio. 33
WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2008 CHICAGO TRIBUNE, By Tina Shah
Stroke victim thanks 2 of cers, a passerby who saved his life
Hector Sabelli has saved several lives in his Kinsella, for helping him that night.
49 years as a physician. Last month in down- Sabelli said the last thing he remembers
town Chicago, somebody saved his. was going to park the car before meeting his
Sabelli, 70, and his wife Linnea, were on their wife at a theater.
way to an opera Feb. 16 when Sabelli had a Kinsella, walking down Washington Street
stroke and fell unconscious on the sidewalk. noticed Sabelli on the ground and called
Two Chicago police officers revived him police. Pena and Dorn, were patrolling the
with cardiopulmonary resuscitation. area when they got a call about a man down
Three weeks ago, Sabelli regained conscious- on the sidewalk. They rushed to the area
ness and learned about the rescue. within 2 minutes Kinsella said.
“It’s kind of difficult to thank someone for “When I first saw him, I thought about my
saving your life,” said Sabelli at a news con- own Dad” Pena said. Dorn and Pena were
ference in the Chicago Police Department’s worried that Sabelli wouldnt make it. They
Central District on Tuesday night. prayed along with Sabelli’s family for his
It was the first time Sabelli had the chance recovery. Sabelli regained consciousness
to meet the two officers, Artemio Pena and March 6. “This is the happiest ending ever,”
Matthew Dorn, and passerby, Elizabeth Kinsella said.
Chicago and Skokie police partner to arrest burglary offenders
THURSDAY, February 7, 2008 OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS
C hicago police officers and the Skokie Police Department arrested Jamie
Torres, 30, of the 4900 block of West Medill Ave. and John Mejias, 43,
of the 3500 block of West McLean for burglary. Skokie Police officers
observed an open doorway of a residence on the 4200 block of North Troy
with a flat screen TV in the hallway. When the offenders ran from the
residence and drove off in a 1998 GMC van, Skokie police followed, curbing
the van at Irving Park and Pulaski where they called for assistance from the
Chicago Police Department. When the vehicle was searched, stolen property
was found in the van.
Further investigation led police to the 3800 block of West Wabansia where
jewelry, construction equipment, flat screen televisions and other items were
located. Police believe these items are stolen proceeds from burglaries
committed in the Chicagoland area.
Chicago Police are asking recent burglary victims to come to the 25th District
to attempt to identify and reclaim property stolen in previously reported burglary.
Chicago youth gain new perspective at “Chicago Youth Training
SUNDAY, October 5, 2008 OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS
T en youths from several Chicago neighborhoods
participated in the Chicago Youth Training
Academy earlier this summer as part of a broader
The youth also attended workshops focusing on
traffic stops, street stops and other police-citizen
CPD Summer Youth initiative. Many of the youth stated that they came to the
The youth group, part of the Mikva Challenge, is event with a negative preconception regarding police
called “For Kids Sake” and has participated in many officers in general, but left with an entirely different
youth-oriented events with the Chicago Police De- perspective, calling it a “positive experience.”
partment this summer. Police participants were hopeful that events such
Participants worked with police in training sce- as this improve police-citizen relations and help
narios. As part of a day-long event, the group took create safer neighborhoods for everybody.
tour of the Education and Training Academy facili- This is just one example of the strong civic and
ties. The highlight of the day for many was observ- community partnerships the Chicago Police Depart-
ing and role-playing some of the scenario-based ment strives to foster,” said Chief of Community
training that takes place at the Academy. Policing, Lynette Helm.
Wounded cop turned Chicago po Force
activist made a difference Illiana Task citizen
SATURDAY, September 20, 2008 Excerpted crush senio e
from CHICAGO TRIBUNE, By Angela Rozas
W hen he was shot about a dozen times by a
gang member in 1994, Chicago Police
Officer Michael A. Robbins turned to his partner
Chicago police, CAPS partner with
Crime Stoppers in Tinley Park Murder
who had also been wounded, and said goodbye.
“In my mind, I’m screaming, ‘Why are you doing
this to me,”thinking about dying and trying to Tips from concerned citizens
survive at the same time,” he testified years later
at a trial of his attacker, according to published stop string of armed robberies
reports. A bullet-proof vest had saved his life. WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2008 OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS
The injuries forced him onto medical disability
for the remainder of his career. But they also gave
him the inspiration to become a community T wo Chicago men have been implicated in a string of
robberies of T-mobile , Radio Shack and Game Stop
stores in Chicago and Melrose Park, Il., after police
activist, fighting for children in difficult
neighborhoods and against the proliferation of received information from concerned citizens.
handguns in Chicago. In a highlight, he spoke Darius Johnson, 29, and Kevin Jones, 31, have been
before the Democratic National Convention in linked to 17 robberies in Chicago and at least three in
1996. Melrose Park, according to Area Five detectives.
Mr. Robbins spoke about the shooting at the In January 2008, a series of robberies occurred in
Democratic Convention, urging better gun control Area Five at Radio Shack and Game Stop stores. Police
laws. He directed the Handgun Epidemic Lower- received several anonymous phone calls from citizens
ing Plan, an organization for survivors of gun about the robberies which led them to Jones. The T-Mo-
violence, and ran for the state Senate in 1999. He bile robberies began occurring around November 6,
continued to work as a community activist, 2007 at various locations in Area Five.
serving as victims’ advocate for Fight Crime: “The detectives working this case did an excellent
Invest in Kids and as a member of Black on Black job,” said Area Five Detective Commander Joseph
Love Organization. Salemme. “But the information we received from the
On Saturday, September 13, Mr. Robbins, 57, public proved vital in the arrests of these offenders,”
passed away in his Chicago apartment. Salemme added.
Jones, of the 5600 block of W. Fulton St., and Johnson,
of the 5400 block of W. Augusta Blvd., were charged
with multiple counts of armed robbery. Additional
charges are expected as the investigation continues.
"Only a life lived for others is worth living."
— Albert Einstein
Everyday, members of the Chicago Police Department go out, serving and protecting our City.
Police officers give up their comfort, their security and their peace of mind for the welfare of
everyone else. Police officers stand ready to give their lives, so that others may live. The honor with
which Chicago Police officers have lived and died in the line of duty will never be lost, and ever
remembered in gratitude. We will always remember their sacrifice.
Honoring Richard M. Francis, killed in the line of duty on July 2, 2008
THURSDAY, July 3, 2008 - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
FRIDAY, July 11, 2008
In the newspaper, one of his colleagues said “Buzz” Francis was the kind of officer who was the
backbone of this department. He worked the beat in our city’s neighborhoods the entire 27 years, with a
career that’s marked by 35 honorable mentions, by his unwavering commitment to keeping Chicago safe,
making this city the type of place where people want to live, work and raise a family. He loved Chicago,
he loved its people and he treated them with respect.
I’m sure Buzz Francis didn’t think of himself as a hero, but he is. Because every day of 27 years, he did
the tough and often thankless jobs that are necessary to protect us from the people who break the law and
put our residents at risk. We often take our police officers for granted until something like this happens.
Then we are all reminded what a dangerous job police work is.
Officer Francis died doing the work he loved. He was truly a public servant. Always remember Police
Officer Richard M. Francis, Star number 5276. End of watch: July 2, 2008.
— Richard M. Daley, Mayor, City of Chicago
Mr. Richard Francis would not like what we’re doing this morning. Anyone who knew Mr. Richard
Francis knew that he didn’t like to be in the spotlight. Officer Richard Francis, though, would understand.
He would understand the pomp and the circumstance that’s not showboating, but is revelation of the
heart and soul of this great Police Department.
You [police officers] respond to everyone and everything who needs to be served or protected. He died
doing just that. As a working police officer, by himself in a one-man car, he was murdered. Such a strong
word, isn’t it? People said he gave his life in the line of duty. He didn’t. I don’t know a single police offi-
cer in Chicago who ever gave his or her life in the line of duty. It was taken. Not given.
Officer Francis was a working policeman. He was used to working good. He was used to working hard.
Even though it aches, he was used to working unappreciated. He was a Vietnam vet and he served in a
very high-performance, high-risk unit in the U.S. Navy. And Deb told me that when he came home from
Vietnam, you know what his greatest dream was? A hot shower and a glass of cold milk. He was not your
typical copper. That is part of history. He came home and he looked for just two things: a hot shower and
a glass of cold milk.
— Father Thomas Nangle, Chicago Police Chaplain
Honoring Officer Nathaniel Taylor Jr., killed in the line of duty on September 28, 2008
SATURDAY, October 4, 2008 - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
Officer Nathaniel Taylor Jr.
FRIDAY, July 11, 2008 OFFICE OF NEWS AFFAIRS
O fficer Nathaniel Taylor Jr., 39, joined the Chicago Police Department in July 1994. Officer Taylor was
assigned to the Gang Intelligence Unit for years when he was fatally shot on September 28, 2008
while attempting to execute a search warrant. Taylor’s commitment to serve and protect was demonstrated
in other assignments which included five years in the Englewood (7th) District and almost five years in
the Narcotics Section.
Fifty-five awards throughout Taylor’s 14-year career marked the outstanding work he performed in
the line of duty. Taylor earned 37 honorable mentions, seven Department Commendations, and many
other notable achievements highlighting courageous and distinguished service.
Taylor resided on the Southwest Side with his family and is survived by his wife, Alcione Taylor, daughter
Naomi Taylor, brother James Edwards, and sisters Harriet Edwards and Patricia Evereth.
Officer Nathaniel Taylor will always be remembered.
A reminder that police are heroes
A gain, a cop is killed. Again, Chicago is reminded in brutal fashion of the enormous risk every police
officer takes every day to keep us safe. Chicago Police Officer Nathaniel Taylor Jr. was fatally shot
Sunday while executing a search warrant in the 7900 block of South Clyde.
Taylor, who had identified himself as an officer, never even shot his own gun. Officer Taylor was 39. He
had been on the force 14 years. He was, we are told, studious and ambitious, and loved being a cop. He
leaves behind a wife and young daughter.
Ask any cop and he or she will tell you—Officer Taylor’s widow and daughter are now family for life to
the entire Chicago Police Department, kept close to the heart behind every badge. They will be welcomed
to every police picnic, embraced at every police ceremony.
But, as they would be the first to add, it will never be enough.
All the kind words and all the warm embraces can never make up for the loss of one living husband, one
And Chicago can never say thank you enough.
Family, friends honor officer
WEDNESDAY, August 20, 2008 CHICAGO TRIBUNE, By Robert Mitchum
A s Rev. Donald Nevins brought the
funeral mass of Chicago Police
Detective Robert Soto to a close Tuesday,
the quiet was interrupted by a police
car’s blaring siren, a fitting punctuation
to a service honoring the 23-year
veteran slain last week.
Police officers in formal dress, including
Supt. Jody Weis, and Soto’s friends and
family members filled the pews of St.
Francis of Assisi Church on the Near
West Side Tuesday to pay tribute to
Soto’s service and easygoing spirit.
Soto, 49, was off duty when he was
Honoring Detective Robert Soto, killed on August 14, 2008 shot and killed last week along with his
friend Kathyrn Romberg, 45, a supervisor
with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, in what police have described as an armed
robbery. Soto was the second Chicago Police officer slain this summer.
“Bobby was a man of courage, conviction, strength and compassion,” Soto’s brother-in-law Robert
Galvan said during his eulogy. “He was taken away from us too soon.”
“Its a stark reminder of the violence that all police officers face every day, a reminder of the evil that
still exists in this city and this society,” Weis said before the mass. “There’s no way that Officer Soto lost
his life in vain. It makes the officers of this department want to work harder to make sure our city is safe
and that our citizens are protected.”
Galvan described Soto as modest and good-natured, remembering how he once laughed his way
through a broken ankle, cracking jokes until the ambulance arrived. He also spoke of how Soto enjoyed
holding Hawaiian luaus and New Year’s Eve parties for his family.
Denise Pacini recalled traveling to New York with Soto and about 30 other police officers shortly after
the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to assist with the search-and-rescue efforts. “He wore his heart on his
sleeve,” she said.
“He gave his best”
Detective Dies - Airhart was gravely injured in 2001 shooting
WEDNESDAY, November 5, 2008 Excerpted from the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, By Shamus Toomey
J oseph Airhart Jr. was first through the door. On
August 28, 2001, Detective Airhart, then 45, was an
Area 2 detective detailed to the FBI Bank and Robbery
Task Force. That day, he was part of a five-man crew
trying to arrest Daniel Salley, a former tax consultant
wanted in connection with several bank robberies.
Airhart had agreed to pose as a neighbor with a
delivery in an attempt to get in and peacefully arrest a
bank robber holed up in a South Loop apartment.
But things went wrong. The suspect fled to a
bedroom—then opened fire. The highly decorated
detective was struck by a bullet in the head. Then the
shooter refused to let law enforcement near the
wounded detective for more than two hours before
finally being arrested.
Detective Airhart suffered severe brain injuries.
Over the next seven years, he made strides in his
recovery but suffered setbacks as well. In 2006, his
family said he was unable to walk, feed himself or
Honoring Detective Joseph Airhart Jr., who
breathe without the aid of a ventilator.
died November 4, 2008 after suffering
Tuesday afternoon, the 25-year veteran of the Police
severe injury on duty August 28, 2001.
Department died. He was 53.
“Joe, as we all know, was one hell of a policeman,” said retired police Supt. Terry Hillard, who was in
charge of the department when Detective Airhart was shot. “But he was such a wonderful, nice individual,
a true professional. Joe, he gave his best, and he hung in there. The good Lord decided to take him from us.
He’ll always be remembered in the Chicago Police Department. I think a lot of citizens of this city will
remember Joe also. My condolences and the Hillard family’s condolences go out to the Airhart family, but
also to the police family because they’ve suffered a great loss,” Hillard added.
Courage, Commitment, Integrity and Community is dedicated to the men and
women of the Chicago Police Department who, through their efforts everyday,
make Chicago a safer place to live, work and raise a family.
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