Thursday, February 15, 2007

A Couple of Nice Stories

Nice story from the Tribune and Channel 2.
  • A Chicago police officer was credited Wednesday with leading a South Side family to safety overnight from their burning house.

    Officer Michael O'Connor said he was driving to work shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday when he saw flames shooting out of the windows of a two-story home in the 1700 block of West 71st Street in the West Englewood neighborhood.
Too bad they can't balance out all the negative press we get so much more of.

And it's too bad these articles had to be written at all - Jose Vazquez remembered by his family (Sun Times story) and his team (Channel 7 article). We should all be remembered as well as he seems to be.

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20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job officer.

2/14/2007 11:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The story in the Wed. 2/14/07 Sun-Times by Frank Main was very nice work. Not all journalists are the bad guys. Some of them really appreciate us, problem is they just talk to the wrong people, because the right people are always afraid to talk to them. Let's put out our best image to the media.

2/14/2007 11:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike,
We never met despite my near 40 years 'ondajob.'
It doesn't matter....YOU epitomize what this job is all about, that Thin Blue Line!
Members like yourself do us ALL proud! Thanks for YOUR contribution.
Perhaps, while not mentioned [a cop thing] it IS recognized by those that ‘really’ count.....your peers.
On behalf of ALL your brothers and sisters, Thanks for a job well done!!

Ol vet

2/15/2007 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that the reward information is being spread around the West Side

Letting the citiznes know it exists is important

2/15/2007 02:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Job O'Connor

2/15/2007 02:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic:
Why aren't more districts using B teams to help curb crime? From what I can see, it is definitely reducing crime in 009.
Not only are these members finding constant warrants...they are bringing in serious criminals with backgrounds. They are unmatched in everyway and are constantly showing why they were chosen. You other 009 coppers are real haters. You have no reason to be bitter.

I hope the B team will continue to show the 009th District how crime should be fought.
Great job B team!!!!!!

2/15/2007 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Atta boy O'Connor!!! This is a guy who would actually deserve a merit promotion!!!

2/15/2007 01:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job officer !! We need more of you out there.... You are the reason I go to work every day..

2/15/2007 01:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those who missed Richard Roeper's Tuesday ST column, read this part -- especially the last two sentences. FYI, Roeper has helped raise money for the Ceriale Foundation.

Very different kind of tragedy

Just a few hours before that car veered out of control in Oswego, another teen life was coming to a sudden and violent end on the Southwest Side.

A Chicago Police detective working undercover as a pizza deliveryman shot and killed Lazeric Wood, 15, who allegedly pulled a gun and pointed it at the detective. Police say the teen was suspected of being part of a group that regularly robbed pizza delivery drivers.

(It's not a job that first springs to mind when we talk about the most dangerous occupations in the city -- but think about being a pizza delivery person, spending your nights knocking on doors. And some people don't think these people deserve more than 50 cents or a buck as a tip?)

Of course a kid doesn't "deserve" to die -- but according to the reports, he put himself and others in a position of jeopardy. A review Sunday found that the shooting was justified.

The driver of the car in Oswego should be overwhelmed by waves of guilt. No doubt the Chicago cop feels awful as well -- but by all accounts, he was doing the job the way the job was supposed to be done.

And that's all the difference in the world.

2/15/2007 03:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funeral Arrangements for Officer Jose Vazquez
The wake for Officer Jose Vazquez will take place at the Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home, 6901 W. Belmont, from 1400 hours to 2100 hours, 15 Feb 07. St. Jude will meet at 1900 hours on 15 Feb 07. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Resurrection Church, 2840 W. Nelson at 1000 hours, on 16 Feb 07.

2/15/2007 04:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are proud of you Mike!

2/15/2007 05:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Old Grey Guy said...

Great job kid. Hope the bosses remember your heroics the next time some mutt claims you deprived him of this-that-or the other.

The folks you saved will honor you but the "community" (I always detested that term)will fry your ass in a New York second if given the chance.

Stay safe and remember the only person you have to answer to is yourself. Forget the bosses and especially forget the "community."

2/15/2007 07:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Job Mike. What you did was very impressive. From a guy that spent 7 years in Englewood, it seems much of the work we do (as the police) is unappreciated by the Englewood residents (not all of them) but many dislike us. It is comforting to read a pro-police story for an incident in Englewood. You don't see that too often. You did a HELL OF A JOB. The lifesaving award is no doubt on its way and possibly more. You deserve it. Not many officers would have stopped and acted. Maybe Rozelle will let you leave early one day as your reward. HAHAHA, yeah right.

2/15/2007 09:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shame on the SunTimes or the funeral home, whoever is responsible for that big mistake in the printing of Officer Vazquez's obituary. It reads, beloved husband of the late....
Somebody should've caught that! We all know his wife is alive and grieving. Our prayers are with her and the entire Vazquez family.

2/15/2007 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Job Mikey O'


---"Southie"

2/15/2007 10:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What percentage of people who when started the job would run into buildings, fight crime, and have a high moral? I say 85%. O'Conner proves people on this job still care and are fine officers. Beyond the tons of negativity on the board, and the persitant complaints about clout and dog coppers. Do your job, and you'll be fine.

2/15/2007 10:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm on furlough.....Just learned that Purple Shades is assigned to the 30 sector in 009. Fuck that noise!!!!
I'm bidding the fuck out before that "ticking time bomb" lets loose. Guys like him are the reason why 009 sucks and good officers are leaving. C'mon???...How did Purple Shades get by the CPD psychological test?

On another note:
Good job P.O O'Connor! Better you than me brother...

2/15/2007 11:59:00 PM  
Anonymous pro purple shades said...

Leave shades alone you empty ball-sack m.f. You go buy a pair, or maybe someone will donate one of their so you can at least have one nut. Then when you get that one nut, volunteer for the US Army and go to Afghanistan for a year, then I'll listen to your sorry ass. This posting is about a positive image for our fellow officers -- you just downgraded it with you idiotic comment.

2/16/2007 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their is alot of great police work happening all over the city everyday. Its this department that does not promote our work.

2/16/2007 12:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to PO O'Connor on his courageous act.

Reminds me of a few years ago when a former partner of mine went into a burning building that was being renovated in a then bad neighborhood. Fortunately for the renovating yuppies, they had left for the day. Unfortunately for him, they had left for the day. All he got for his efforts was smoke inhalation and a kick in the ass by the the W/C. Considering he risked his life, I have never figured out how his efforts were any less heroic just because the people he believed to still be in the building had left. But then, this is the CPD.

2/16/2007 01:56:00 AM  

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