Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Deserved Award

  • Chicago Lawn District Officer Karl Richardt opened a window and pulled two children from the home while Officer Adam Stark ripped down part of an iron gate in order to make sure they would be able to get the kids to safety, Franko said.

    β€œHe actually ripped the iron gate off its hinges,” Franko said of Stark.

    Stark and Richardt handed the kids off to Chicago Lawn Officers Elliott Flagg and David Neberieza who took them from the gangway and into squad cars, according to Franko.

Not to detract from anything the officers did, but two other children died in the fire. We don't doubt for a minute that if the officers had the time or opportunity, they'd have tried their damnedest to rescue the other two. But the mother, if you could call her that, deserves a special place in Hell for what she did:
  • A woman previously convicted of child endangerment left her four children alone so she could watch a pool game with her boyfriend β€” and returned to find two of her daughters dead in a house fire early today, police sources said.
When are we going to start licensing people to have children? Honest to god, we license cars, guns, dogs, and all manner of nonsense, yet this person (and we're being generous even calling her that) can leave four kids alone to watch a fucking pool game and let two of her kids burn? A street execution would be too good for her.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

good job officers... and karl.. saw the mustach on the news today, the interview was a little shakey but the mustache more than made up for it...actually i wasnt even listening to the interview because I was so focused on one of the best cop mustaches i have seen in a long time.. good job guys and stark, i know ya aint got much in the brains department but good thing you were there to get that gate off, definatly the right people showed up that night or all 4 of those kids would have parished, you guys did a hell of a job.

12/23/2008 12:11:00 AM  
Blogger Loaded Dice said...

After being a Youth Officer for 25 years nothing that "parents" do with children suprises me.

Remember we do God's work.

God Bless the CPD and all my active and retired bothers and sisters.

Retired in 2003.........

12/23/2008 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job by the officer's involved. stay safe out there.

12/23/2008 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chalkie was in 010 tonight. Are we at 500 yet?

12/23/2008 01:37:00 AM  
Blogger Det. Shaved Longcock said...

The heroic efforts of the police officers involved should be recognized by an award.

The actions of the mother leaving these tender aged children home alone to go to a bar...Well she deserves a baseball bat to the head!

12/23/2008 01:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey SCC,
Can you please post the FRONT COVER/ARTICLE from the Chicago Sun Times?
(22-DEC-2008) Would love to get some insight for this article! WTF??????!!!!!! What do we have left? CPD Det.

12/23/2008 02:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Licensing people you say?


12/23/2008 02:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked with Karl in 024, The guy is a class act! One of the nicest guys you would ever meet on the job. Nice Job!!

12/23/2008 02:23:00 AM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

These types of heroic deeds are too far and in between when it comes to the media. I wish they'd focus more on your bravery and the good you all do.

Excellent job by the officers. They're true heroes. Kudos. :)

And please tell that POS mother will no longer have the opportunity to eff up her two surviving children's lives. Please say they'll take them away to someone who will actually give a shit about them...

I'll volunteer to be the first in line to kick her ass!

And yes, SCC, some people absolutely need a license to have children. FWIW, I'm ain favor of forced sterilization.

You all be safe out there.

12/23/2008 04:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfreakingbelievable!!!! She should be strung up on tree by a rope made of blunt razor blades!!!
How much abuse that leads to death do we have to see until they start regulating who should not have babies!!!!! I say the state should have the right to decide if and when you procreate if you are supported by the state!
Yes I said it, we all think it.
What is right about drug users, alcoholics, mental people and leaches of society making babies they WON'T take care of! I am so sick of the dependency and accepted way of life that we as a society have created by enabling these people!
So what happens to those other two kids? A wonderful life in foster care or do they now go to grandma who raised the shitbag mother who loved her kids to death! Nice! Either way life is going to suck for those kids.
They should ask thier mom, why she had them if she didn't want them. Why does mommy like dick more than us?
Sorry if these comments are harsh, but I am so tired of how easily people kill another human being, how easily life comes and goes to some. I am tired of innocent lives shortlived at the hands of negligent parents and evil people.
The only comfort is that those children are now with God and definetly in a better place.

12/23/2008 04:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these guys did a truly heroic act, and everyone of them feels like shit because two innocent lives were lost, the reality is if they would of went into the flames the total of innocent lives would have included them...these are the type of officers I am glad to come to work with, especially knowing they have my back...

Please stay safe and Happy Holidays to all...

12/23/2008 05:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Simon said...

I sommetimes feel the same way in England, that licensing people to have kids would be a good idea. The problem is that the kind of person you most want to prevent having kids is precisely the kind who ignores all laws and regulations in the first place.

12/23/2008 05:32:00 AM  
Anonymous old six shooter said...

Great job guys. You make me proud to be a Chicago Police Officer also. Stay safe.

12/23/2008 05:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ADS Sandra Day, now lt Day bureau of patrol admin.

12/23/2008 06:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm Lovin' It,
I wonder if the bad guys paid their toll out of the proceeds. No word if they took their Happy Meals with them.

Skyway McDonald's robbed
December 23, 2008 at 3:46 AM

The McDonald's restaurant on the Chicago Skyway was robbed by two people about midnight Monday, police said.
Two armed people entered the restaurant, in the 8800 block of South Kingston Avenue, about midnight and demanded money from those behind the counter, a police spokesman said.

After being given an undetermined amount of cash, the two fled, said Chicago Police Officer John Henry.

It was uncertain whether the robbers fled on foot or via car, Henry said.

12/23/2008 06:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It has been 175 days since the Cook County Board pushed Chicago's sales tax to 10.25%, highest in the nation.

It is 405 days until the Feb 2, 2010 primary election when Cook County Board members stand for re-election.

That is our chance to dump Stroger and as many of his cohorts as we can.

12/23/2008 06:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exhibits "A" through "D" for involuntary tubal ligation.

Great job, guys!

12/23/2008 07:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off/Topic but amazing nevertheless:
A British priest required emergency surgery after a freak accident left him with a potato lodged painfully in his rectum. Trudi Watson, one of the emergency-room nurses who treated the 50-something clergyman, whose name has not been released, said the man claimed to have "been hanging curtains naked in the kitchen when he fell backwards onto the kitchen table and onto the potato." Added Watson, "its not for me to question his story."

12/23/2008 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic:
Sorry for the off topic rant SCC and not to take away from the heroics of these officers but this article is a must read by everybody,
Apparently crook county isn't the only anti police bunch off douche bags in this country. Looks like it's open season on any police officers and our lives are worthless in the eyes of the public. Stay safe and back each other up because it appears that we are really all we have.

12/23/2008 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These guys represent all that's good about the CPD. Congratulations, you've made us proud again!

12/23/2008 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

was that #498 last night? The boy was so close.

12/23/2008 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has the mother blamed the police yet for not rescuing her other two children? Because you know, everything is always the poleeeeses fault.

What a joke.

12/23/2008 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Monday on the Roe Conn show, Mancow was filling in for the vacationing Roe.

Mancow had former city clerk, James Laski, as a guest. The result of the conversion, was that everything goes through the, "fifth floor." Everything being, city, county and state.

He also stated that the shortshanks is a paranoid guy. He also pointed out what we all know. That Obama was a product of the Chicago political machine, that most of Obama's key advisers are Daley people, and again, everything goes through the fifth floor.

Maybe the national media could start paying attention.

That's how I understood Laski.

12/23/2008 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless the old six shooters,
and all the boys and girls in blue. Keep doin your job , never let the mayor or bosses discourage you from being good police officers. Have a Safe , Merry Christmas .
Remember the 1st Mayor Daley said we are Chicago's Finest and he had our back . God rest his soul

12/23/2008 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good job!

12/23/2008 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless the Officers that acted more like paretns to these kids than the one "parent" they have.

SCC, on the licensing kids comment - please don't put any more ideas in Daley's head. Do you honestly think he hasn't considered this or isn't already planning on taxing us for bearing children?

12/23/2008 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous An Old Sergeant said...

Good job, officers. You know, we tell each other to be safe, all the time knowing that when the chips are down, we will ignore our own advice and put our own lives on the line to save another. A civilian buddy says that you have to be crazy to run into a burning building when the rats and cockroaches are running out, or to haul ass to shots-fired when any sane person woud be going the other way.

I guess most civilians wouldn't understand. The media sure doesn't and I haven't heard word one in praise of these officers one from the Supt. or the Mayor. I doubt if they understand either. But I did hear the Mayor praise the ice rink at Wrigley field and Chicago sports fans.

12/23/2008 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ADS Sandra Day, now lt Day bureau of patrol admin.

12/23/2008 06:19:00 AM

Why hide her there ? Send her to the Districts where we need Lt's. Lt's are being sent out every day to other Districts and they keep her inside ! Clout lives and J-Fed is just a puppet.

12/23/2008 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The job by these officers was beyond great. It wouldnt surprise me that at the end of the year some off dutty "Gold Star" will win the highest award, if he gets into an "off dutty" incident at his own party. Tha fucking asshole wining the award this year goes to show where this department is.

12/23/2008 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

He has one of the best cop mustaches around and he was able to rip an iron gate off it's hinges? I am getting flush--I have to sit down.

I NEVER travel south of Madison St. but if there is a Starbucks in 008?????

On the serious side (Who Me?), great job guys. Between you and KUP maybe 008 can regain some of the respect it is deserved.

Maybe I will save my usual ending for when you guys pick up your award.

12/23/2008 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...after being a Youth Officer for 25 years..."

No further comment is needed.

12/23/2008 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Tact Lt. has asked to be reassigned rather than dump 6 POs to adhere to the new order of 8 POs per Tact team. Thanks boss, that's a ballsy move but you should look out for yourself like everyone else does.

12/23/2008 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI: Mother allegedly was in front of house in van engaging in . . . lascivious activity with her boyfriend. Didn't know house was on fire until trucks pulled up. How bout that. . . .

12/23/2008 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karl best old school copstache

12/23/2008 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On another unbelievable matter in 023 last night a 5 day old baby was abandoned in Uptown. The Sgt(Conway) and officer who responded (Dubinski) did a hell of a job along with other officers who assisted. Nice job guys and glad to say the baby is doing well at Childrens Memorial Hospital.

12/23/2008 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job officers.

12/23/2008 11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Chicago records 500th murder of the year
December 23, 2008 at 11:53 AM |

Chicago has hit a mark it would have preferred to miss: 500 homicides for 2008 with more than a week to go in the year.

Monique Bond, a Police Department spokeswoman, said the 500th slaying unofficially had been Monday night, but she wouldn't immediately identify the victim.

This would mark the most homicides in the city since 2003, yet homicides remain historically low compared with the last four decades.

For the first 11 months of 2008, slayings rose 16.4 percent over the same period in 2007. Yet last year's total of 443 was the lowest since 1965.

12/23/2008 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Work, guys!
It's members like yourself that do us ALL proud. Consider yourself at the 'top of the list' of that revered product as... "Chicago's Finest!
Merry Christmas to you and your families!
O'V (r)

12/23/2008 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we did it! 500!


12/23/2008 01:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read we hit 500! Chalkie struck again!

Nice job there Jody, with that morale stuff and all. We really feel you in back of us, ready to give it to us.

I trust that guy like I trust my first wife.

12/23/2008 01:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT..chalkie hit 500! Good job chalkie!!!

12/23/2008 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12/23/2008 01:40:00 PM  
Anonymous 007 midnites said...

Karl is a great cop and a great person. Working in 007, we share the zone with 008. A lot of interaction between the districts helping each other out. I know Karl has helped us being it backup in 007 or just going to a house in 008 to find the owner of a stolen car. Good job Karl and to the other officers involved, you make us proud.

12/23/2008 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great job by 008 1st watch. you guys are the best. i also agree karl's moustache is the bomb.

12/23/2008 03:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job guys on your selfless act rescuing those kids, kudos. You can put it on the board, Yes. The Yankees sign Mark Teixeira, fucking outstanding job. Championship #27 here we come.

12/23/2008 04:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrible to say, but women like her...she's probably relieved she only has two children left and that DCFS will probably be taking them off her hands soon.

12/23/2008 04:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Do I win anything?

12/23/2008 04:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES!!!!! As of 1700 hours we are at 501 Homicides for the year...

12/23/2008 05:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


any new news on this OCD gang enforcement thing?

12/23/2008 06:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone see that the actor David Spade donated a 100,000 to a dept. in Arizona to buy Ar-15's he found out that they had to buy the weapons themselves.

12/23/2008 06:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the official stats are as follows for 2008:

District /homicides
001 / 2
002 / 20
003 / 40
004 / 44
005 / 27
006 / 39
007 / 46
008 / 34
009 / 25
010 / 39
011 / 45
012 / 11
013 / 7
014 / 12
015 / 29
016 / 3
017 / 5
018 / 6
019 / 4
020 / 3
021 / 4
022 / 16
023 / 2
024 / 8
025 / 30

Total homicides: 501

12/23/2008 06:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

16% of jobs created in London for the 2012 Olympics have gone to the unemployed who statistically did not have jobs... $22 billion revenue generated for the State/City literally 100,000 jobs created either directly or indirectly nu the olympics but yeah, dont bring them here

12/23/2008 06:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean she didn't go to the store for diapers or formula or kools?

12/23/2008 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I NEVER travel south of Madison St. but if there is a Starbucks in 008?????

On the serious side (Who Me?), great job guys. Between you and KUP maybe 008 can regain some of the respect it is deserved.
Yes there is Starbucks in 008...
Kup is the best, they finally broke the cycle of bad bosses in 008.
Karl, Elliot, Adam and Dave, and all the officers and fireman on scene who stood out there in that --35degree temp. to do what they could..Great JOb!!!To the lazy CFD paramedics, who are usually great, GFU!!!!!!!!

Good job 23, you would think the dept. would jump on positive press as rapidly as they jump on negative press...

12/23/2008 09:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

16% of jobs created in London for the 2012 Olympics have gone to the unemployed who statistically did not have jobs... $22 billion revenue generated for the State/City literally 100,000 jobs created either directly or indirectly nu the olympics but yeah, dont bring them here

12/23/2008 06:21:00 PM


You my friend, apparantly did not read the Tribune article about 3 weeks ago on how London is 'DEEPLY IN DEPT" over their upcoming olympics. They did not get the revenue and private contributions they thought they would and of course the cost has spiraled out of control. Fast forward to 2016 and it will be 10 times worse with us 'cause of all the notable corruption in this city, state and county.

12/23/2008 09:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Former Youth Officer said...

Anonymous said...
"...after being a Youth Officer for 25 years..."

No further comment is needed.

12/23/2008 10:44:00 AM

GFY. Another typical put down by a wanna be.

12/23/2008 09:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job glad you did not get hurt! Now on to J-fed how about a couple of promotions? I know it is not politcal and daley is not pulling the strings why not?

12/23/2008 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any new news on this OCD gang enforcement thing?
LOL!!! What do other gang teams think about this project? Any 68 or 69 team want to chime in?

12/23/2008 10:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"...after being a Youth Officer for 25 years..."

No further comment is needed.

12/23/2008 10:44:00 AM


WOW. Are you a prick. You have no clue what the crime car does.

12/23/2008 11:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...another put-down by a wanna be..."

Wanna be what? A Youth Officer?

I'd rather be the Keesing Bandit.

12/24/2008 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please do not send Sandra Day into the field. We have enough idiot lieutenants.

12/24/2008 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...a potato lodged in his recutm..."


Damn near killed him.

12/24/2008 12:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please send Sandra day into the field. Would be nice to have a holiday off or work in my assigned district.

12/24/2008 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the national media could start paying attention.

That's how I understood Laski.

12/23/2008 09:29:00 AM

I caught the show. I just Fitzgerald was listening.

12/24/2008 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

100,000 jobs created either directly or indirectly nu the olympics but yeah, dont bring them here

12/23/2008 06:21:00 PM

Its not always about the money this is a matter of principle. Chicago doesn't deserve the Olympics.

12/24/2008 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a member of the greatest fire Dept in the world,and for a person who was one of the 1st to get there. I would like to commend the gentalmen that rescued these 2 kids. You did a GREAT job under the worst conditions possible.
My helmet goes off to you guys.

And I would like to wish ALL the real police a safe and happy holiday season.

Real means the ones that are on the street doing it.

Fu^% the house mouses. They don't deserve anything.

12/24/2008 02:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"....I'd rather be the Keesing Bandit...."

You are going to make me cry.

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

12/25/2008 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...You have no idea what the crime car does..."

Neither do they.

12/25/2008 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That could not have been a real fireman, he seemed almost humble.

12/25/2008 10:47:00 AM  

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