Thursday, January 24, 2008

A Sad Note

  • Cook County sheriff's police Wednesday were investigating whether a Chicago police officer found dead at a cemetery near Willow Springs shot himself.

    The 49-year-old officer was found about 1:40 p.m. in his Chevrolet Impala, which was parked with its engine running in Fairmount-Willow Hills cemetery, near 91st Street and Archer Avenue, Cook County sheriff's police spokeswoman Penny Mateck said.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please, please, please - seek help. It's there, it's free, and it'll save your life.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP officer if you need help please I am begging everyone seek it! 49 way to young GODSPEED Brother!

1/23/2008 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC!!! God forbid if this poor cop had anything bad said about him on this fucking blog that may have pushed him over the edge and caused him to take his life!! If so I hope you like HELL!!!

1/23/2008 11:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who and where from?

God Bless the poor soul.

1/23/2008 11:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unfortunatly this story is true. I work in 008 on third watch which this particular officer worked. He was a good officer and an even better person. Danny C. was one of the most liked people on the watch. At the beggining of 1500 roll call the w/c broke the news to the p.os. Danny you will truly be missed, you were a true gentleman and a friend to us all. rest in peace you will be remembered. people... please dont let this job do this to you... it did it to him and now it is a long term mistake for a short term problem that many of us and his family will have to deal with. danny, we love you brother. -008 third watch-

1/24/2008 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or it may not save your life (referring to seeking help). If someone is really going down that road, you think they're going to look back to rethink it all? Highly unlikely. If he shot himself, he had his reasons. Selfish as they may be, he had his reasons. My prayers go out to his family and friends who will have to come to terms with his passing.

1/24/2008 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The job sux. It's manifested itself here. You're right SCC..seek help and more importantly get an outside activity or get the fuck off of this job.

1/24/2008 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God rest his soul and have mercy on him.

1/24/2008 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP DC

1/24/2008 01:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real good guy,its very sad.

1/24/2008 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

REST IN PEACE BROTHER
[Whatever the circumstances]

My condolences to the family.

Agreed, SCC, there is NO shame in asking for help.

A 10-1 brings everyone...nobody asks questions, just responds.

WE owe it to our Brothers and Sisters in Law Enforcement to...
"Never Let Them Walk Alone!"


Remember Our Thin Blue Line


O'V

1/24/2008 01:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People aren't buying newspapers nearly as much as they used to, it is a fact.

So the Tribune and Sun-Times will come up with any negative police story they can find, including unearthing ones from years ago, just to sell a few more copies.

This just shows that these scum will stoop to any low to further themselves.

A man is dead, stop dancing on his grave.

1/24/2008 01:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Danny C.

1/24/2008 01:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SAD SAD SAD.......Many people look for the easy way out. RIP my man!

1/24/2008 02:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worked with D.C. in 008th Dist, He was a good mild mannered guy. Always pleasant to talk with and just a good guy.. Whatever the circumstances that plaugued him, he did not have to go out like that..
God only knows what goes on in someones mind for them to take this ultimate act..
D.C. please rest in peace.. you were a good man.
You are going to hear a lot of stories about the circumstances that surrounded him and his partner, they were both good guys, and for this tragedy to happen is a loss for us all.

1/24/2008 03:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SAD REALLY SAD

1/24/2008 04:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest easy brother.

1/24/2008 06:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the Chicago Police Dept cares,,,No Lawsuit here

1/24/2008 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless him and his family! Officers in 008 sorry for the loss of a great policeman! If you need help get it! We must watch out for each other, if you notice some copper is having a difficult time talk to him/her and try to help them anyway you can! This is happening far to frequently on cpd, why? Not sure but i will do whatever it takes to save another brother in blue!

1/24/2008 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all May the perpetual light shine upon the Officer. I put the blame for rhe recent rash of suicides directly on the incompetence of the exempt ranks and on the media. In the world of the exempts and the media whores they know everything, can do anything, and are much smarter than any P.O. How would the exempts or the media deal with the problem of constantly being watched, every decision they make be the basis for a lawsuit, and every time they showed up for work not knowing if they will be going home after their shift is done. Officers PLEASE get help if you feel the need to do something rash. It's out there for you. Take advantace of it.

1/24/2008 07:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

god speed we at cpd feel your pain and pray for your soul.

1/24/2008 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The afternoon LT addressed 1st Watch roll call in 008 and did a perfect job telling us and explaining there is nothing in this world worth taking your own life for - seek help. Kudos to this boss saying the right thing, the right way. Every time something like this happens it sucks.

1/24/2008 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This news really sucks. RIP

1/24/2008 08:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC!!! God forbid if this poor cop had anything bad said about him on this fucking blog that may have pushed him over the edge and caused him to take his life!! If so I hope you like HELL!!!
-----------------------------------
I understand where you're coming from
but no he didn't.

1/24/2008 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a citizen in the 8th . And am so sadden by this. these guys are good guys. I wish Id had the chance to thank him for all his work in keeping us safe.I will Pray for him and family and friends as well as all his fellow officers.AND thank you to all the officers who work in 8 your doing a great job and you are apprecatied

1/24/2008 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this sounds cliche but tomorrow brings another day, TRUST me
I've been there. If you're having ANY
problems you can get help and remember TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS. Talk to people to help put you in perspective, and for christsake IGNORE most of the BULLSHIT {99%} on this job, because its that BULLSHIT!
RIP DC.

1/24/2008 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Jr. said...

Or it may not save your life (referring to seeking help). If someone is really going down that road, you think they're going to look back to rethink it all? Highly unlikely. If he shot himself, he had his reasons. Selfish as they may be, he had his reasons. My prayers go out to his family and friends who will have to come to terms with his passing.

1/24/2008 12:08:00 AM

to the above person, please call the employee assistance program, 7-1371, give them a chance to explain how talking thru issues with the right people can actually help.
Let's encourage our bretheren to use every resource there is available, before doing something that is permanent.

1/24/2008 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. and my prayers go out to his friends and family left behind....never met him in person but he was a great familiar voice on the radio.......we will miss you 845 sammy !!
3rd watch z6 dispatch

1/24/2008 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Danny, You were a great guy and will be sorely missed. You never said much, never bothered anyone and did what you were supposed to do. Im stil shocked this happened and only wish someone would have seen it coming and could have gotten you some help. GOD BLESS DC AND HIS FAMILY, He really was a great person.

1/24/2008 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sit here remembering DC with tears in my eyes. I didnt hang out with him or anything but I know he was one of the guys that was a truly good person. He was a quiet guy that the everyone on the watch got along with. DC been in 008 since i got there and i have never heard a bad word said about him. TRULY A SAD DAY. God Bless Danny, we love you brother

1/24/2008 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless him and his family.

Every time I have a problem at work w/ a Sgt. or felow officer or whatever ... I remember what our current mayor has previously said about being mayor ... he said

"THIS IS JUST A JOB!"

If he is mayor an can say that ... then I can say it that much more readily ...

Don't let this shit get to you .. make friends at work and LAUGH ... do good for people if you are in a position to do so ... and do not take this job seriously ... 'this is just a job'

RIP office ...

1/24/2008 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
SCC!!! God forbid if this poor cop had anything bad said about him on this fucking blog that may have pushed him over the edge and caused him to take his life!! If so I hope you like HELL!!!

1/23/2008 11:27:00 PM

Are you fucking nuts?

1/24/2008 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm trying to confirm a rumor I heard a couple of weeks ago re: a Sgt. from the academy to tried to commit suicide just before Christmas. If it's the person I'm thinking of, I came on the job with him and we have lost touch recently. If anyone has any info. it would be appreciated. I would hate to just call him and ask if this isn't true.

1/24/2008 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To bad it wasn't SCC and this blog that was found in that car instead of a working police officer who was well liked.

1/24/2008 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
SCC!!! God forbid if this poor cop had anything bad said about him on this fucking blog that may have pushed him over the edge and caused him to take his life!! If so I hope you like HELL!!!

1/23/2008 11:27:00 PM

See you there.

1/24/2008 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys and gals can we PLEASE start sticking together and stop all the b.s. talk about people on here, this isn't the shithouse wall. Let's stop the "this district or this unit sucks" crap and start being cohesive, help each other out, and by GOD, if you see or know of a fellow officer that needs help, let's get them the help they need. Don't let this job run you or more importantly, ruin you......

1/24/2008 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace brother. Prayers to you and your family.

1/24/2008 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Danny, He was a good man that worked many side jobs to support his childrens education through the years. He was a kind man at heart. I just wish he could of found help through the department EAP program. Don't be to proud to seek help because they helped me.

1/24/2008 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC!!! God forbid if this poor cop had anything bad said about him on this fucking blog that may have pushed him over the edge and caused him to take his life!! If so I hope you like HELL!!!

1/23/2008 11:27:00 PM

That is a bit of an assumption, don't you think?

1/24/2008 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
SCC!!! God forbid if this poor cop had anything bad said about him on this fucking blog that may have pushed him over the edge and caused him to take his life!! If so I hope you like HELL!!!

1/23/2008 11:27:00 PM

I know the story but not for publication this blog had nothing to do with it promise you that! RIP Danny C.

1/24/2008 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Batavia PD (west suburb) just lost its second officer in 7 months same way. Get Help!!!

1/24/2008 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Danny the "Count" we will miss you.

1/24/2008 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous kindofliberalwhiteguy said...

Used to be newspapers never reported on a suicide, unless it was a famous person. If he had been non-police no way this would have been in the newspaper. They are just looking for ways to make us look bad before the elections.

1/24/2008 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not like the Mayor fucking over the police, the media stepping on the police and all the continuos bullshit that the department keeps dishing out not letting us be the police has anything to do with depression and unfortunately suicide. I love being the police and I love this job, but this city and department can go to hell.

1/24/2008 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P.

The Final Inspection


The policeman stood and faced his God,which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To my church have you been true?

The policeman squared his shoulders and said.

"No, I guess I ain't because those of us who carry a badge
can't always be a Saint."

I've had to work most Sundays
and at times my talk is rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny that wasn't mine to keep...
though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills got to steep.

And I never passed a cry for help
though at times I shook with fear,
and sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place among the people here.

They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand,

I never expected or had too much, but if you don't...I'll understand"

There was a silence all around the throne where the Saints had often trod.

As the policeman waited quietly for the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman.

You've borne you burdens well.

Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets.

You've done your time in Hell"

(Author Unknown )

1/24/2008 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS YOU DANNY

1/24/2008 01:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. DEAR BROTHER. LIFE IS SO HARD FOR SO MANY OF US IN L.E.

JOB AND HOME JUST GET TO BE TOO MUCH TO HANDLE.

IT IS A VERY SAD DAY WHEN A P.O. TAKES HIS LIFE.

1/24/2008 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got a phone call from an old friend who broke the news to me.....


I feel sick.


Danny The Count, you WILL be missed.

I regret that I was not around to talk to you or to help you out with anything - nothing, nothing was worth the pain we are feeling now.

May you rest in Peace...you were a good man.

1/24/2008 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"You are going to hear a lot of stories about the circumstances that surrounded him and his partner, they were both good guys."

You speak as if there was / is more to his death than mentioned here on the site. Why bring up his partner.

Obviously, there's more to this story is this is what you saying?

Regardless, may this man rest in peace.

1/24/2008 03:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*****
*****
OUCH!!
I pray for that officer and his family. I must admit, Please, any officers who even think one time of taking such drastic action, please go talk to the employee counseling people. I have been to their office for a talk. I have been struggling with staying on this job, paying my bills, a house I can’t afford and shitty schools for my kids. I can’t afford to send them private.
Every day as I walk up the stairs to my locker, I need every bit of strength. I have found so much hate in my heart. Unfortunately, they cant help me. Unless they can give me some sort of happy pill to get me through the day. If I had a drug or drinking problem, Im sure they would set me in the right direction for help. If I were suicidal, Im confident they have the means to step in and help, but I am neither. I have fallen by the wayside and dread everyday going to work. The best I can do has been keeping an eye out for another career. At this point I will take a job just to get by and get out of this shit hole of a city.
I can still remember when I first came on this job. I was having so much fun. There were days when I used to tell my partner how I could work another 8 hours just for the fun of it. Now all the fun is gone. The city will sell you out in a heartbeat. The bosses are micro managing us until there is noting left. It such a shame. I was a great officer. I was aggressive and did the job honorably. Now I just answer my calls and do my best to help out the people out there who truly need our help. Everybody else, get a life. To all you po’s out there, when shit hits the fan and you need an assist, I will be there to help, but that’s it. The city created a monster. 16 years down the drain!!! Sorry.

1/24/2008 03:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
SCC!!! God forbid if this poor cop had anything bad said about him on this fucking blog that may have pushed him over the edge and caused him to take his life!! If so I hope you like HELL!!!

1/23/2008 11:27:00 PM

I was thinking the same thing. You never know. Some hosts of these blogs need to be more considerate. You just don't know. Sad situation. RIP

1/24/2008 04:58:00 PM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

My sincere sympathies to you all of you at the CPD and to the officers family.

May he R.I.P.

1/24/2008 05:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear this. My prayers are with this Officer and his family.

RIP

1/24/2008 05:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God grant you eternal rest by His side and comfort your family and friends during these trying times. D.C. since our time in the academy and now you were a gentleman and a friend. You will be missed by everyone you came into contact with. Please, anybody out there, please seek the treatment to get you through whatever it is you're facing. Life is too short as it is and to end it even sooner is a tragedy. 97-1C is mourning the loss of Danny C.

1/24/2008 06:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did he live in 8? Any info on how the family can be helped?

A Police Wife

1/24/2008 06:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember, we kill ourselves in way greater numbers than bad guys do us in.

The stress of this job doesn't come from chasing bad guys, it is from everywhere else, the public, the media, the horseshit city and department we work for, they all effect us much more than the danger from bad guys.

Asshole bosses will kill more police officers than any gang banger.

Take care of each other, fuck the bosses, fuck the department and fuck the City, you and your family and co-workers matter, little else does.

1/24/2008 06:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC!!! God forbid if this poor cop had anything bad said about him on this fucking blog that may have pushed him over the edge and caused him to take his life!! If so I hope you like HELL!!!

1/23/2008 11:27:00 PM



Easy Francis! You may need to make a call yourself son.

1/24/2008 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous RG said...

Dan,

Rest in Peace Danny, You will be missed!


3rd Watch.
RG.

1/24/2008 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I retired last year with 26 years, I wanted to stay a few more due to age and to max out, However I realized This job was wearing on me mentally due to the stress and the clout issues . I worked a marked vehicle all of those years in a fast dist. My leaving was the best thing I have ever done, I have a new job where people treat you like a adult. I have no stress I lost 10 pounds 180 6'2" my blood pressure is normal. life is wonderful don't let this department hurt you and yours. Be safe my Friends.

1/24/2008 07:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please dont let this job run your life

it is a job

there are people you can turn to if you feel overburdened

keep your civilian friends and family (non police) close

it is nothing personal

stay objective and professional

do your job, go home safe and alive

back each other

we are all we got

God Bless You All Brothers

1/24/2008 07:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC!!! God forbid if this poor cop had anything bad said about him on this fucking blog that may have pushed him over the edge and caused him to take his life!! If so I hope you like HELL!!!

Great point! This site fucking blows. This site is bullshit and should monitor itself better. Cant wait til you get sued SCC

1/24/2008 08:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great point! This site fucking blows. This site is bullshit and should monitor itself better. Cant wait til you get sued SCC


**************

why are you reading it then?

1/24/2008 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
SCC!!! God forbid if this poor cop had anything bad said about him on this fucking blog that may have pushed him over the edge and caused him to take his life!! If so I hope you like HELL!!!

**********

I hope you are writing there types or things to Moprah,the Reverends, and the whole media. You are narrow minded to think SCC could be responsible for a suicide. Grow up.

1/24/2008 09:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
SCC!!! God forbid if this poor cop had anything bad said about him on this fucking blog that may have pushed him over the edge and caused him to take his life!! If so I hope you like HELL!!!

1/23/2008 11:27:00 PM



Stop reading, you may kill yourself if you read the wrong thing.

1/24/2008 09:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I'm trying to confirm a rumor I heard a couple of weeks ago re: a Sgt. from the academy to tried to commit suicide just before Christmas. If it's the person I'm thinking of, I came on the job with him and we have lost touch recently. If anyone has any info. it would be appreciated. I would hate to just call him and ask if this isn't true.

1/24/2008 10:04:00 AM
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Why don't you call him anyway? Why only call him IF he did try to commit suicide? That is the thing, you guys need to be there for each other regardless . You just never know. Call the guy just to say hi, that will speak volumes, you don't even need to ask if the rumor is true. Why would you want him to rehash it with you if it is true?

1/24/2008 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC!!! God forbid if this poor cop had anything bad said about him on this fucking blog that may have pushed him over the edge and caused him to take his life!! If so I hope you like HELL!!!
Great point! This site fucking blows. This site is bullshit and should monitor itself better. Cant wait til you get sued SCC...

You two need to lighten up! No one is forcing you to sit in front of your computer and read all this. I happen to love this site, 95% BS and 5% gospel; but I plow through the 95% because the 5% is so damn funny/interesting/truthful.
If you think it is that bad, do the rest of us a favor AND DONT COME BACK, Asshats!

1/24/2008 09:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Or it may not save your life (referring to seeking help). If someone is really going down that road, you think they're going to look back to rethink it all? Highly unlikely. If he shot himself, he had his reasons. Selfish as they may be, he had his reasons. My prayers go out to his family and friends who will have to come to terms with his passing.

1/24/2008 12:08:00 AM
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Why would you want to discourage anyone from seeking help. I think it is you who may be reaching out. Please don't feel like that. Don't wait if you need help. Don't let others discourage you if it is you who needs the help.

It is sad to see how many people WISH this officer would have reached out to THEM, how about you all reaching out to each other more often for no reason if just to say you are there for them?

1/24/2008 09:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very, very sorry to hear this. However, this Dept. is of very little help in giving ANYBODY any real help if they seem to have problems. Have you ever seen a Supervisor pull someone aside, and relieve him or her of duty for unusual behavior, etc? They, the big cheese supervisors, and the Politicians,love when the troops are disgruntled, lets give em some more work, responsibility, and grief and b.s. orders. Change their hours, change their days off, change their work assignments, fuck them, we the Supervisors are the elite, too bad if they don't like it, just squeeze every bit of work possible out of them, but give little or no support to them, unless they are clout-babies, or if it benefits us somehow. Give them little time off to unwind, don't hire more cops so the troops can get time due, Little Mayor Hitler doesn't want to spend the money, he wants to buy chrome Beans and flower planters, they are more important. Too bad if the job interferes with their family life, we own them. 6 day work weeks? HA, it should be 7days That'll keep em busy!

It's a shame that we will, as a society, bend over and kiss any Crack/Dope heads Ass to help them although they chose their own path to destruction, or feel sorry for some rich, young spoiled, conceited movie or rock star who O/D's by their own hand,
but just say, we have councelling help available to P.Os, , come in to us for help, to dedicated Police Officers who need help. Yeah, sit in an office and wait for customers, typical of the City of Crook-ago. Numerous southside cops have committed suicide in the past 5 years, nothing done to attempt to address this by the Dept. But let a jitney Reverend call and complain about something and its, Drop everything , got to kiss their asses due to political favoritism, get going right away, we are shakey and ball-less, so just drop everything for the politicos. Fuck all of you Liberal politicians and Police -Clout MotherFuckers, you are the Shit on the bottom my shoe. And fuck this political whore-house of a police Department. Fuckin Sons of Bitches...

1/24/2008 10:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP my brother in blue.......GOD bless your family..

1/25/2008 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D.C. he was a good man who will be missed. No pressure or stress in life justifies taking ones life.I wish he would have seeked help. This is not the way we want to see fellow officers go out.R.I.P D.C. 845S will never be the same.

1/25/2008 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make sure any info on a benefit for his family is posted here please,and DC you were always good to me brother,I wish we had a chance to talk that day,RIP

1/25/2008 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/24/2008 03:59:00 PM
To Ouch:
Hang in there brother. See a private M.D., get on the med', we are a depressed group. No one will know and they do not come up in a piss test.

Fuck those micro bosses, try and laugh your ass off brother.

We kill our self much-much to often and the booze just makes it worse.

God bless you,

30 year vet.

1/25/2008 01:28:00 AM  
Anonymous sgtobie said...

Brothers and sisters what I have to share here is the most important thing I could ever share. Please take it to heart for yourself or someone you love. I am a survivor of Depression. I vowed when i got healthy that I would do whatever I could to help a fellow policeman who suffers.
Depression is a medical condition no different from asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. It can strike at any time and they still don't completely know what can start an episode. What typically happens when someone commits suicide is everyone left behind tries to figure out what drove the person to suicide. It is the chicken or the egg question and the answer is nothing causes suicide but depression. Forget about suicide bombers and murder/ suicides for this discussion, those are different altogether.
We all have pressures and stresses but when a person suffers with depression their ability to cope is greatly diminished due to the brains inability to properly respond. The human brain is the most complex thing in the world, an orchestra of millions of chemical signals and receivers, all playing they're own critical role. Everything we do, blinking, smiling, breathing, it all starts with a hormone or electrical signal in the brain. When something in the brain gets out of sink it can have devastating effects on our ability to cope or properly perceive the situation or our self image. Medication DOES WORK and therapy can help the process of healing. And NO YOU WILL NOT BE FIRED FOR TAKING MEDICATION!!! I am proof. Yes, you may be given a medical leave to get your situation under control but that is a gift and not a punishment.
Policeman kill themselves more then most because we have at our disposal the quickest, most efficient means, our weapon. If you know a fellow copper who is depressed, encourage them to leave the weapon in the locker at work and to get all other firearms out of the house until they get healthy. Many coppers have called me over the years to seek my advice. I offer myself to all of you, you can call me anytime. No, I am not a therapist and I cannot help you in that way. What I have to offer you is proof that things can get better, that you are a strong person, you're just suffering something physical that shows up by affecting our emotions, and that you will not be fired...Beverly Jackson was also a life saver for me and reassured me constantly and called me daily for weeks as I began treatment. Many of you already know me but for those who don't, I work in 006 on the 2nd watch so call if you need encouragement to get help. It will be the toughest step you'll ever take but the best step you'll ever take...Remember this, you can no more will Depression away as you could will away cancer. It takes strength to get help or a friend who loves you enough to get it for you. God Bless and Rest in Peace Brother D.C..His family will need much, let's not forget them.

O'Brien
006

1/25/2008 02:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember, we kill ourselves in way greater numbers than bad guys do us in.

The stress of this job doesn't come from chasing bad guys, it is from everywhere else, the public, the media, the horseshit city and department we work for, they all effect us much more than the danger from bad guys.

Asshole bosses will kill more police officers than any gang banger.

Take care of each other, fuck the bosses, fuck the department and fuck the City, you and your family and co-workers matter, little else does.

I couldn't of said it better myself. This fucking Dept. and the bosses will turn on you and let you hang if it benefit them. In the last 5yrs, this job has changed so much. The shitheads I deal with on the streets is pleasant compare to the way this Dept. treats me. I've had thoughts of blowing my brain out after my tour. I would quit this job in a second, but the city has a way of keeping a leash on you.

1/25/2008 03:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worked with Dan in 008 several years ago. Nice guy, always talked to everyone and ALWAYS had a smile on his face. I never once saw him get pissed at anyone. Rest in peace brother, you're no doubt in a better place.

1/25/2008 03:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rip

1/25/2008 03:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are always devastated when we hear something like this. As different as our opinions are, we all have one thing in common. We have all felt the severe stress caused by members of the department, never by the bad guys.

As for the comments about don't read this blog if you don't want to see your name. It don't work like that. Whether you read this or not, once your name is on this blog, everybody knows about it and so do you.

Then what do you do? Come on here and try to defend yourself and take the chance of opening the door for more rude comments to be publicized about yourself?

I'm with lots of you in begging SCC to stop posting the cruel juvenile comments and the names of people. If it made the newspaper, its fair game. Other than that, lets rise above this defamatory rumorville crap and stop hurting each other.

1/25/2008 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Officer! To any1 else that feels that disheartened to take their own life, EAP is there and they do a good job, it is strictly confidential (and also available to retirees). Why do u all assume that it is is job related when some1 commits suicide? I have known to many officers who have done it, but it has more likely been domestic and financial problems that brought it about. Counseling does work if u let it. Keep in mind when things go bad for u, it usually does not happen overnite, so for things to turn around it also does not happen overnite. If u feel u can't trust EAP, at least see your own doctor, who can help and make a referral for u.

1/25/2008 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ouch

Just wanted to let you know that what you are is experiecing is fairly typical. During my first two years I would work another eight for free if it were possible and that was in Englewood. That adrenalin gets going and you are just having so much fun. I'm now in my 26th and on the downhill side. This Job is a serious of progressions mentally. The fun years, the cynical years, the reborn years,the I don't give a rats ass years, and the coasting years. You have yet to pass the cynical stage and you are way behind in doing so if you have 16 yrs.on. I'm here to tell you that you are sick. Yes my brother it is a sickness. Here is the test. If you go to work and as soon as you drive past the district boundary you become a monster that deep down inside you, you know is not really the type of person you are, then its time to change your envirenment. You have to leave the place where you work. Bid somewhere else, anywhere. If you currently don't work in the district where you live, then bid there if possible or get there somehow. This is what will happen to you, albeit it dosen't last forever. You will begin to get better. You will begin to care again. It now matters that the griffiti is being sprayed on your garage, your kids play on your streets, your wife shops at that grocery store, that abandoned car is around the corner from your house. You have nothing to lose and may possibly get your sanity back. You can always go back to whatever shithole your in. If you can't get to the home district start by getting closer, one district at a time. You need a change!

1/25/2008 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shit was here before you got on the job, the shit is here while you're on the job, and the shit will be here long after you leave the job. The hell with the media and the public. Take care of #1, that is you.

1/25/2008 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Very, very sorry to hear this. However, this Dept. is of very little help in giving ANYBODY any real help if they seem to have problems. Have you ever seen a Supervisor pull someone aside, and relieve him or her of duty for unusual behavior, etc? They, the big cheese supervisors, and the Politicians,love when the troops are disgruntled, lets give em some more work, responsibility, and grief and b.s. orders. Change
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Nicely done! In 008 though ,the bosses are good. The higher than 008 bosses are th problem.

1/25/2008 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Screw said...

'...It's a shame that we will, as a society, bend over and kiss any Crack/Dope heads Ass to help them although they chose their own path to destruction, or feel sorry for some rich, young spoiled, conceited movie or rock star who O/D's by their own hand...'

I hope to God that I am right in saying this, but it's not the majority that speaks. It's the minority that speaks the loudest that gets heard. Liberals, hollywood, "reverends" and the media victimize the offenders and brainwashes others into believing their conspiracy theories.

As I've said many times, they use the hardships and despair of their own people to empower themselves. There is always a hidden enemy that only they can save their people from. Bin Laden, Saddam, Ahmadinejad and their ilk used the same tactics to empower themselves. If there is no enemy, they have no power. The offenders are convinced that they are the victims, and therefore not responsible for their actions, while the police are held to standards that they would never hold themselves to.

The "reverends" play the game to keep their power. The shitheads play the game so they keep getting their checks and draw a sympathetic jury when they get locked up for slingin' rocks. The media plays the game to sell their smut.

My point is, and I say this from experience and through talking with others, we live in a liberal bubble and we all feel the pressure being the inherent conservatives we are; risking our lives for the sake of others. We read, hear and experience the world through the selective ears and foggy glasses of the liberals that surround us.

It is a discouraging bubble we live in, having everything we do under the liberal scrutiny of the very public we are trying to protect, but outside of this bubble I hope there exists some sanity.

I pray for the officer and for all POs that feel the pressure, and may God give them the strength to seek the help they need.

The best way to honor this fallen officer is for us to unite and let our voices be heard.

1/25/2008 12:12:00 PM  
Anonymous 9610 said...

To the "shit will always be here" I thank you for using the word "shit" to add emphasis to your personal expression.

You are absolutely right. We signed up for this shit. We thrive and prosper in this shit. We take shit and dish it out. And someday will retire from this shit.
But in the mean time make the most of this shit and don't let the bosses bother you 'cause they are full of it.

Years ago, a bullshit lieutenant gave me a day for sending a pdt that contained the phrase
"shit-faced"
That piece of shit is now retired.

1/25/2008 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Sgt Golosinski 016th Dist. said...

I unfortunately posted this information about a month ago....I am a Sergeant in 016 and I have been through my own personal challenges with my children's medical problems, money etc...NOTHING is worth taking your life over..NOTHING!!..Please if you are ever feeling down or feeling like there is nothing that can help you..call me any time..day or night...There is nothing on this planet worth killing yourself over..everything can be worked out no matter how bad it may seem...there is always a solution...and eating your gun is not the answer nor is it at the bottom of a bottle!! We need to stick together and help eachother...we are all we have...Please officers...get help!!! Call me Sgt Mark Golosinski Cell 773-807-2131 work 312-742-4480 I am currently detailed to the gang team and my work hours are 1800-0230 Please make a call if you need anything...we can find a solution...God Bless!

1/25/2008 01:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To PO O'BRIEN in 006...I just want to say Congrats!! Not only does it take huge balls to post your story...it takes huge balls to battle and win against depression!! You should be extremely proud of yourself and others should definately reach out to you in their time of need...God Bless you!!!

1/25/2008 01:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9610 said...
To the "shit will always be here" I thank you for using the word "shit" to add emphasis to your personal expression.
............No shit?

1/25/2008 02:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get to work on time OBie! Being on time creates less stress!!

1/25/2008 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Danny was such a nice man, I had the honor and priveledge of working with him in the 008th district and am grateful for knowing him.
Thank you for all the positive postings and for the officers who have left their names and reached out.
I am also going to leave my name and number so that if anyone needs to talk I am here.
I have a wonderful family and great friends who will listen wihtout judging and always offer a helping hand.
I will listen without judging, give you a hand to hold,and a lend you and ear. Suicide is awfully hard for your friends and family. I know sometimes we don't want our friends or family to see us so weak and in such a fragile state of mind, but remember they love us and don't want to lose us.
Suicide does not happen over night and sometimes there isn't a trail of signs, but our job is hard and I know it sounds corny but tell your friends you care. Let them know that you need them and that you appreciate them. Share your weak moments with them so they will know that you are not embarrassed and they can feel comfortable doing the same.
The hardest part is acknowledging that you have a problem and actively seeking help.
If you know someone that has money problems, 30 days pending, marital problems, or families with health issues, just be there.
Nobody wants to die, nobody wants to hurt the people they love, they just can't see another way.

I am officer Sofia Terrones, my cell is 773-454-3247, call any time. My e-mail is kodi10453@aol.com.
I am sick and tired of going to funerals for friends and family, especially people that could have been helped.

1/26/2008 01:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Get to work on time OBie! Being on time creates less stress!!

1/25/2008 10:16:00 PM
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you are a bitter and cold individual. How much hatred do you have in your heart to post something like that after Obie not only talks about something that is hard to talk about but offers help? You are proof that some people just did not get enough hugs as a child. You should call Obie. It is a sad day to see a post so malicious as yours. I pray you are not a cop because if that is how you treat your co workers even on a blog, I cannot imagine how you treat the citizens. I am sure we will read about you one day in the Slum Times.

1/26/2008 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you Danny.
845S will never be the same without you. You were like a brother to me and we shared alot of memories together. You will never be forgotten. Not a day will go by that I won't think about you. This should never have happened. REST IN PEACE

1/26/2008 09:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Sgt. Mark, 016,

God bless you for your offer to help other copper'. So many copper' are really in the dumps. Your a breath of fresh air to this fucked up dept.

The Almighty has a special place in heaven for kind people like yourself.

If 5 percent of the bosses had your soul, the dept would be the best.

Thank you...........

1/26/2008 11:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I WORKED WITH DAN IN 008. HE WAS A VERY, VERY GREAT GUY. HE LOVED LIFE AND HIS FAMILY. THAT'S WHY THIS IS SOOOO HARD. YOU WILL BE MISSED. 845S IS OVER. DC/RK.

1/27/2008 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wake is at Zarzcki on Archer and Keeler 2-9.

1/27/2008 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Donna Marquez said...

Our sincere and heartfelt prayers to the entire family and police family of Officer Daniel C.: Officer Dan, you will always be remembered for your special smile and kind words of encouragement to the Gold Star Families. You were always there for us, and let us know that you would never forget our loved ones. We will be forever grateful for your love and support that you showed to our families. Now it is time of us to give back to you, and we will. Officer Dan, we will be there for your family, now and in the hard days ahead. Your brothers and sisters in blue are hurting so bad. There are no words to express this pain that is in their hearts. Everybody is hurting so bad, and many tears are being shed for you. Everybody is still in a state of shock. Some of us met your beautiful family members today, gave them our word, that together we will go through this time of deep sorrow. We know that we get stronger as we stay together. Thank you for your years of hard work, integrity, sacrifice, dedication, perservance and love. We love you and will never forget you. You were a remarkable Police Officer, definitely one of Chicago's Finest.

Donna Marquez
Gold Star Family Member

1/27/2008 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I NEW DANNY FOR MANY YEARS HE WOULD COME IN MY JOB AND VISIT ALL THE TIME ... VERY NICE GUY ... I ALSO BEEN THREW PAIN I LOST BOTH MY PARENTS TWO WEEKS APART AND LET ME TELL YOU I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO LOSE MY MIND. I BEEN GETTING HELP AND LET ME TELL YOU IT IS WONDERFUL I CAN TELL YOU IT WORKS I LEARNED AOT .... SO IF YOU FEEL ANY PAIN GET HELP..... IT WORKS .....

1/27/2008 08:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
To Sgt. Mark, 016,

God bless you for your offer to help other copper'. So many copper' are really in the dumps. Your a breath of fresh air to this fucked up dept.

The Almighty has a special place in heaven for kind people like yourself.

If 5 percent of the bosses had your soul, the dept would be the best.

Thank you...........

1/26/2008 11:56:00 PM

I agree finally a boss that really cares! Why are they not promoting bosses like this?

1/28/2008 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Cg said...

Dan, we laughed working at the jail together, we laughed taking the cpd test together, we laughed on our first day at the academy together, we laughed when we found out we were going to 008 together. I wish you told me you were hurting and worried, and I'm sorry I didn't know...heres to you Dan, We'll laugh together again one day..Untill then, I know you'll have my back....as you always have.

1/30/2008 09:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm trying to confirm a rumor I heard a couple of weeks ago re: a Sgt. from the academy to tried to commit suicide just before Christmas. If it's the person I'm thinking of, I came on the job with him and we have lost touch recently. If anyone has any info. it would be appreciated. I would hate to just call him and ask if this isn't true.

1/24/2008 10:04:00 AM

been on furlough and out of town catching up now and I know this is a little late, but maybe this idiot will read it.
I have never yelled on here, but here goes...
CALL HIM YOU FUCKING IDIOT!!! EVEN IF IT'S NOT TRUE, KEEP UP WITH YOUR OLD FRIENDS, YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN JUST HEARING FROM SOMEONE WILL HELP!!
DON'T EVEN FUCKING MENTION A RUMOR, JUST SAY, "HEY, WHAT'S UP? HAVEN'T HEARD FROM YOU IN A WHILE."
you fucking moron-make the damn call.

1/30/2008 10:53:00 PM  

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