Friday, August 31, 2007

Nice Gesture

This is nice:
  • A Southwest charter school on Thursday was named for a Chicago police officer who was killed in the line of duty.
  • Donald Marquez was killed in March 2002 while serving a search warrant. Family members from around the country came to the ceremony, which was held in the neighborhood where Marquez grew up.
Sometimes, it's the little things.

NOTE: This was supposed to be published @12:01 am, but we must have missed a button going through the pending queue. It's up late and the time adjusted.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very surprised the dept. didn't make it a high priority to inform all members to attend this special occassion.

In light of all the neg. press the cpd family receives, this could of shown the citizens what will happen when we are doing our job!

8/31/2007 08:09:00 AM  
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8/31/2007 08:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice gesture

8/31/2007 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is about time the city did something right! surprised daley did not name it after his crooked friends! But then again surely the contractors from daleyland surely pocketly millions and built the school like 35th and michigan with substandard materials!

8/31/2007 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

That's the way it should be in our city: to honor our fallen and also thank the living.

God bless the Marquez family. Puede él reclinarse por siempre en paz.

8/31/2007 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will soon be named for Aretha Franklin or some militant from the nation of Islam when the Sharpton- Jackson crew finds out.

8/31/2007 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless the Officer and his family. Please, everyone stay safe.

8/31/2007 02:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very surprised the dept. didn't make it a high priority to inform all members to attend this special occassion.

I got an email about it...

8/31/2007 04:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't he killed by an old man in his 80's? The city sent him to evict the old guy from his house after the city took it. Seems that is how it happened I believe the old guy got killed also.

8/31/2007 04:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why weren't we notified of this in advance??? Were there any P.O.'s present at the opening? Was the media there to cover this event(doubt it)?

A rare high honor given to a fallen officer and we dont even get the chance to share with it and be there.

God bless the Marquez Family. He will never be forgotten.

8/31/2007 05:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very happy to see something like this for his family!

god bless!

8/31/2007 05:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very Nice

8/31/2007 05:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was in don's class 82 1 b, became good friends for years to come, miss him god bless you don..

9/01/2007 06:58:00 AM  
Anonymous snethen said...

Working with Donnie Marquez was pure entertainment!

9/01/2007 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes you are right, the guy was in his 80's and he was killed, and yes i wish this was made public, I was the dispatcher that handled that whole night and it was probably the worst of my 12 years there, i really wouldve liked to be part of that ceremony, God bless the whole Marquez family

9/01/2007 03:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless Donnie Marquez and his family

9/02/2007 10:10:00 PM  
Anonymous sir donkey, esq said...

Donny was KILLED by a 77 year old man (Henry Volk) on the 2400 block of avers. He and his partner had numerous contacts with him in the past. Donny and his partners were serving a city summons with a body attachment (basically a warrant) to Henry concerning his rear porch.
Volk shot through the front door glass at Marquez, hitting him in the chest and head.
Officers Hope and Diachent responded to the 911 call of "officer shot", even though everyone in 025 was accounted for, and ended up under fire, on a call everyone figured was B.S.
Marquez was killed by Volk, Volk was killed by Hope and Diachent, and Marquez's partner was found in the second floor bathroom, hiding.

Marquez and his partner had only 1 radio between them. When Donny got shot, his partner caled 911 on his cell, stated "officer shot, 2452 N avers" and hung up. No further information.
Hope and Diachent took the job, figuring it was bullshit, and rightfully should have been killed, as Volk started shooting once the officers were on the porch (within 10 feet).

I have mentioned all of the above for a few reasons: First, if you are in a specialized unit working in a district - LET THE DISTRICT KNOW YOU ARE THERE!
Second, EVERY OFICER ON THE STREET SHOULD HAVE A RADIO! There are no excuses for this.
Third, this is what happens when you give preferences to politics over experience. While I'm sure Donny's partner was a nice guy, he choked, and could have gotten other officers killed.

By all accounts Donny was a good guy, and this occasion ahould have gotten more publicity.

9/05/2007 03:43:00 AM  

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