Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A Shot in the Dark

But what the heck? The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is attempting to get in touch with as many relatives of our fallen as possible to let them know about the Memorial Wall at the new park.
  • Chicago Police Memorial Foundation officials are hoping to get in touch with the relatives of more than 500 slain officers to let them know their loved ones' names will be etched in the "sacrifice" wall of the new Gold Star Families Memorial and Park.

    So far, only 25 percent of the family members of the officers killed in the line of duty since 1854 have been contacted.
We know we have readers nationwide and the odd international visitor popping in (hello Albania, Britain, Canada and Australia). We also know that readers from numerous retiree organizations like the Chicago Police Association of Nevada stop by occasionally. If anyone knows the whereabouts of any kin who might be interested in the Gold Star Memorial Park, direct them to the link up top.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's lonely at the top....

5/16/2006 12:30:00 AM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

...and the park is slated to open this July/August? holy smokes


first of all, what about the officers disabled in the line of duty? when mike (murphy) and i walked the park, there is supposed to be a wall for them (no names). i suggested a statute of st. michael for them.

have the disabled officers been contacted?

and my other question, does the cpd have a different inclusion criteria to be considered a LODD than the NLEOMF? Off the top of my head, I know John Gilhooly is not on the NLEOMF wall (?????)

Here is the NLEOMF inclusion criteria (a bit lengthy) -

For the purpose of this Memorial, "law enforcement officer" means an individual involved in crime control or reduction and who is directly employed on a full-time basis by a local, county, state or federal law enforcement agency of the United States or its territories, with or without compensation, who is duly sworn and has full arrest powers. A law enforcement agency is a governmental agency or subunit thereof having statutory powers of arrest and involved in crime control or reduction.

The agency must employ at least one full-time, duly sworn, trained and certified officer with full arrest powers, or the equivalent in part time officers. Officers serving with private or state colleges and universities, and railroads will also be included, provided they are recognized as having law enforcement status by state, U.S. or D.C. Code, are duly sworn, trained and certified, with full arrest powers.

In addition, military police officers will be included but only if at the time of their death they were experiencing similar hazards and performing similar duties as those normally experienced and performed by non-military personnel.

In such cases, eligibility will be determined after a review of several issues, including but not limited to whether the officer was receiving combat, imminent danger or hazardous pay; job description; whether the officer was responding to a law enforcement violation in their area of jurisdiction; and circumstances of death. Military police officers serving in a combat situation will not be included.Less than full-time law enforcement officers will also be considered.

In such cases, eligibility will be determined after a review of several issues, including but not limited to job description, training and circumstances of death.Correctional employees shall be included if they are recognized as having law enforcement status by their employing jurisdiction. Other correctional employees who do not have formal law enforcement status but who do have a primary or limited responsibility for the custody and security of suspected or convicted criminal offenders, and are employed by a local, county, state or federal correctional agency will also be considered. If law enforcement is not a person's primary function (e.g. correctional employee, such as Maintenance Supervisor, Farm Manager, Food Service Instructor, etc.), then that person must be engaged in their law enforcement duties when their fatal injury is sustained.

In such cases, eligibility will be determined after a review of several issues, including but not limited to job description, federal, state or local statutes, training and circumstances of death."Line of duty" means any action which an officer is obligated or authorized by law, rule, regulation, written condition of employment service to perform, or for which the officer is compensated by the public agency he or she serves.The term "killed in the line of duty" means a law enforcement officer has died as a direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty.

This includes victim law enforcement officers who, while in an off-duty capacity, act in response to a law violation.This includes victim law enforcement officers who, while in an off-duty capacity, are actually en route to or from a specific emergency or responding to a particular request for assistance; or the officer is, as required or authorized by law or condition of employment, driving his employer's vehicle to or from work; or when the officer is, as required by law or condition of employment, to drive his own personal vehicle at work and is killed while en route to or from work.Not included under this definition are deaths attributed to natural causes, except when the medical condition arises out of physical exertion, while on duty, that is required by law or condition of employment including but not limited to: running or other types of exercise being performed as part of training programs administered by the employing agency; fitness tests administered by the employing agency; lifting of heavy objects; or a specific stressful response to a violation of law or an emergency situation causing an officer's death immediately or within 24 hours of violation or emergency situation, or causing his/her death during a continuous period of hospitalization immediately following the specific response to the specific stressful response to the violation of law or emergency situation.Stressful responses include, but are not limited to, the following: a physical struggle with a suspected or convicted criminal; performing a search and rescue mission that requires rigorous physical activity; performing or assisting with emergency medical treatment; responding to a violation of the law or emergency situation that involves a serious injury or death; or a situation that requires either a high speed response or pursuit on foot or in a vehicle. Also not included under this definition are deaths attributed to voluntary alcohol or controlled substance abuse, deaths caused by the intentional misconduct of the officer, deaths caused by the officer's intention to bring about his or her own death and deaths attributed to an officer performing his/her duty in a grossly negligent manner at time of death.Each death caused by disease shall be reviewed by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology or by other medical personnel with similar skill and expertise. If it is determined that the officer died as a result of infectious disease contracted while performing official duties, or by exposure to hazardous materials or conditions while performing official duties, that officer is eligible for inclusion on the Memorial.An officer shall be included if a department states that the officer died in the line of duty and there is no information to believe otherwise. The NLEOMF staff shall exhaust all possible means available to verify an officer's eligibility status, and the correct spelling of the name. Efforts will include having the name verified by the law enforcement agency of record and a surviving family member.
Updated 3/17/2004

5/16/2006 06:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man you are annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You must love to hear yourself talk

5/16/2006 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't have said it better myself. She's not who she claims to be and has no connection with this Dept. but she sure wants to put her 2Cents worth in. If she really wanted to be of service not to mention helping out the Chicago Police Memorial, she'd volunteer to help find some of these relatives. She certainly seems to be skilled at poking her nose into other people's business, maybe she can put it to good use.

5/16/2006 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next time SCC authors want to take a shot at the Sun Times, you should remember that the paper dedicated an entire page (free of charge, I assume, since the page isn't marked as advertising) on behalf of the fallen officers and the foundation to help identify family members.

So like the media or hate 'em, a doff of the cap should be pointed the Sun Times' way for giving up that kind of space for such a great effort.

And before all you sourpusses think this is Frank Main or Mike Murphy or someone like that writing, it's not -- just someone who has observed over time that the authors of this site, while intelligent and well-meaning and talented most of the time, sometimes fail to see the other side of the coin. Or, maybe they see the other side, but choose to ignore it because it doesn't happen to jibe with their agenda.

5/16/2006 03:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember your place. You are a public servant, cop. You serve us citizens. We call, so better hurry over, or else. So remember Servant, do our bidding!

5/16/2006 03:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good cause, I bought a brick!

5/16/2006 03:41:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

The Sun Times and Frank Main have A LOT of bad karma to work off before they even come close to being considered "Pro Police." While we appreciate their efforts on behalf of the dead, how about a little effort for the living? We still haven't heard anything about their naming officers involved in shootings. They are still the Liberal Media with an agenda that doesn't jibe with ours. While we don't consider them "The Enemy," they certainly aren't friends of ours. When someone's been sticking the long knife in you for so long, you don't thank them when they take a break to sharpen it up again.

5/16/2006 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You want walls with names on them, pay for it yourself. You got to buy your own gravestone, so have the KIA cops family buy a plate.

5/16/2006 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger scooter638retired said...

To 6:00:20--You scum sucking useless piece of gelatinous pond scum! How dare you make commentary regrding officers who have sacrificed their lives in the performance of duty, protecting fecal greaseballs such as yourself. You are not fit to be a hemmoroid on a cop's ass, you dope smoking low life syncophatic moron. I am a retired cop, and grandson of an officer who died as a result of injuries sustained in the performance of his duty. YOU are a waste of flesh.

5/16/2006 09:08:00 PM  
Anonymous leomemorial said...

I'll put my nose where it belongs, along with my foot up your ASS! I asked a question, about the criteria. Cline was emailed this morning about it.

Excuse me, but HOW LONG has this planning, etc. for the memorial park been going on? I believe numerous people are getting PAID to do this job FOR the memorial. And only 25% of the families have been contacted? SAD...

5/16/2006 09:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You weren't asking anything - You were lecturing and again trying to make the real CPD officers think that you are one of us. You're a 2-bit phoney with your own agenda and that is to make yourself look important. Why are you bringing up the disabled officers? Why are you telling us about your alleged suggestions to Mike Murphy during your personal walk through? Please get a life far away from the rest of us so that we may enjoy our own lives without the benefit of your intrusive behavior!!! BTW since you're not on the CPD webnet, I doubt very much that you could email Phil Cline. Hell, I can't even email him and I'm just down the hall. And, BTW, Phil never reads his own email anyway - it always gets filtered - but then, of course, you knew that!

5/16/2006 10:57:00 PM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

Just shut the fuck up and leave her alone.

Anyone can eMail Supt. Cline:


5/17/2006 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Showing the effects of long-term Kool-aid drinking. OH YEAH

5/17/2006 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 9:08 your boy was probably drunk on duty when we killed himself. Go buy a 40 and pour itr on his grave sucker.

5/17/2006 09:59:00 PM  

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