Saturday, March 21, 2009

Motorcycle Crash

Off Duty Officer killed:
  • Off Topic: The 23rd District Tact Unit regrets to announce that PO Cameron KARSHNA was killed 20 Mar 09 in a fatal traffic crash. Cameron served in the unit over 4 years. He was presently IOD from injuries sustained from fighting with a prisoner in the tact office and was returning home from rehab when the tragedy occurred. The Tact Unit would like to express sincere thanks to the 16th District, the CFD, the Niles PD & FD and the staff of Lutheran General Hosp. who showed such great care and compassion in handling this incident. God Bless you all.
    Robert H. Stasch
    Tactical Lieutenant
    23rd District

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100 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Officer, God's Blessings upon his family, friends and coworkers!

Thanks Lt. Stasch for displaying genuine concern and for being a good leader in these dark days.

3/21/2009 12:18:00 AM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

Very sad and tragic.

Thoughts and prayers sent.

R.I.P.

3/21/2009 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Cameron, god bless and deepest sympathy to his family. Cam you will be missed by your many many friends.

3/21/2009 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how sad! My prayers to his family, friends and co-workers. RIP

3/21/2009 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Mirabelli saying minor nature of citations??? A man was KILLED.

3/21/2009 12:42:00 AM  
Blogger lathrop one said...

Rest in Peace Brother.
My sympathies to the 023 and Family of the Fallen Officer.

(scc can you find out the arrangements and if there is a Fund set up?)

3/21/2009 12:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace brother.

3/21/2009 01:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God Bless you, your family, friends, and team members. You always made people laugh especially with your teams fun and loving banter. We will do our best to keep your spirit alive and well. With deepest respect from the 2362 team.

3/21/2009 02:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my sympathy to the officer's family !

3/21/2009 02:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our sympathy to the officer's family from the officers at A/5 gangs enforcement unit !

3/21/2009 02:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rip brother-- your sacrifice will not be forgotten. life is fragile-- live life to the fullest everyday because there is no guarantee that there will be a tomorrow.

3/21/2009 02:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Officer

3/21/2009 02:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Civilian Posting

To LT RS and TAC23, all Sworn, and friends and family of PO C Karshna:


You are in my heart, prayers, and thoughts.

WO

3/21/2009 03:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godbless ya Cam we are gonna miss u

3/21/2009 03:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luv ya Cameron

3/21/2009 03:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless our officer.
I was working the scene today and spoke to some of the officers friends. I understand he was an outstanding guy and my prayers go out to the family.
Incidents like this are tough on everyone, victims, families and first responders.
We all feel the loss even when we didn't know the person.
For those others on motorcycles out there, "be careful" it is not your riding it is the other vehicles that present the danger and now our roads are a major obstacle to safe motorcycle riding.
The pot holes are everywhere and could lead to untold disasters for you or any of your loved ones along with drivers who don't pay attn or don't follow the rules of the road.
God bless!

3/21/2009 03:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace, brother.

3/21/2009 03:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rip. don't know what else to say.

3/21/2009 03:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP brother in blue

3/21/2009 04:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace brother. Prayers to the family.

3/21/2009 04:30:00 AM  
Blogger O. W. Wilson said...

I am so sorry to hear of this tragic event. My sincere condolences to the officer's family and co-workers.

Rest in peach brother.

3/21/2009 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace Cameron...from our family to yours and on behalf of the 004th District Tactical Unit, our condolences go out to your family.

3/21/2009 07:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May he R.I.P.
My prayers go out to the family and all those who suffer from this horrific loss.
Godspeed officer

3/21/2009 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cameron,

I will miss you and all the good times we had in 015th on the watch. I will keep you in my prayers.

Love,
Beat 2311
Lee Rios

3/21/2009 08:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Cameron

from 015

3/21/2009 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GODSPEED!

3/21/2009 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truck driver's name is not being released because he's CFD.

3/21/2009 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless and R.I.P. Cameron. Condolences to his family and his 023rd district family our prayers are with you.

3/21/2009 09:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Safe riding in heaven brother.
God Bless.

3/21/2009 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless to Camerons family, he was a great guy. I knew him from the CPD, when he was a recruit - and from the men's club at the Y.

God bless you all,

CPD

3/21/2009 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a hard one to take. I was in 023 for years and now in 016. A chill went around to all of us. One of our own was killed. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family amd to his "family" in 023.

3/21/2009 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know you Officer but may god bless you and your family. LT Stasch, Based on the fact that you are and always been a stand up guy, we might not ever see you promoted to Capt. but in our eyes,your a real boss.
A Brother in Blue

3/21/2009 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Cameron. You were a great copper. Loved that west side tenacity you still had in you. It's a shame that DC we got for the armed robbery still hasnt got to us. It was a pleasure knowing and working with you. See you down the line sometime.

D Rod

3/21/2009 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Ro said...

My condolences to our fallen officer..RIP!!

3/21/2009 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My condolences go out to the family, friends and 023rd District co-workers of Officer Karshna. A fine young man will be missed.

3/21/2009 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

may God bless his family

3/21/2009 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO: Why is Mirabelli saying minor nature of citations??? A man was KILLED.

3/21/2009 12:42:00 AM

Because they citations were probably for minor traffic violations....Yes unfortunately we lost an officer, but I am sure that the driver of the pick-up said "i'm going to kill someone today in a crash", it is a VERY tragic accident...

RIP Brother!

3/21/2009 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Travel well my brother, there will be no pain or suffering where you go now.

3/21/2009 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC: The 23rd District Tactical Unit has established a Memorial Fund to benefit the Police Chaplain's Ministry in the name of PO Cameron KARSHNA. Anyone who wishes to make a donation in Cameron's name can do so by forwarding their donation to:

Police Chaplain's Ministry
1140 W. Jackson
Chicago, IL 60607

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

Robert H. Stasch
Tactical Lieutenant
23rd District

3/21/2009 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Cam, you will be missed..

3/21/2009 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Officer. Condolences to his family at home and at work.

Sad reminder that the city of Chicago is not a place to ride motorcycles. Especially of Fridays and Saturdays (and Holidays). The other assholes out there don't see us. They're too busy on cellphones, trying to get out of work, driving drunk or just plain stuck on stupid to pay attention to bike riders. I lost a very close friend in a crash 13yrs ago and almost lost another one 2 years ago. Both in Chicago. I trailer my bike out to the suburban forest preserves or other country locations and ride. One of the best places I found is in Union, Wisconsin. Biker friendly. Be careful. There's more stupid people driving than smart riders.

3/21/2009 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP my friend

3/21/2009 11:03:00 AM  
Anonymous I Work 99 said...

So sad to lose such a young officer.

Remember, no matter how careful YOU are when riding a motorcycle (or driving your personal car) there are other drivers out there who are dangerous.

Above all ... BE SAFE on & off duty.

3/21/2009 11:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless and rest one from our 03-2B Class.

"Fit to Fight, Hu-Rah!"

3/21/2009 11:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such a sad tragedy. My condolences to his family and co-workers. God Bless You. Rest in Peace.

3/21/2009 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger larry said...

R.I.P
MAY GOD WATCH OVER HIM AND HIS FAMILY

3/21/2009 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always a person making a left turn in front of a motorcycle, He should be charged with homicide, I had a Chinese guy make a u turn in front of me at 22 and Archer once, He turned so fast he just missed hitting me with the right front fender, now the helmet debate will start, most important though RIP officer

3/21/2009 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Six years on the job... I remember the year of 2002 - 2003 and you one of the nicest guy in my class (2-03). You will be missed.

3/21/2009 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Officer. Deepest sympathy and prayers to his family and all connected to this terrible tragedy. Lord, please take him Home to a better place and comfort his loved ones, Amen.

3/21/2009 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the family of the Officer and the 023rd District officers, may God Bless you and be with you throughout these trying times.

3/21/2009 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rip Brother!

3/21/2009 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please be careful on those motorcycles. It seems lately we lose at least one officer a year in motorcycle involved vehicle crashes. God bless Cameron, his family, and all his co-workers in 023.

3/21/2009 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so saddened by this - God bless you Officer and the rest of the 23rd Dist. tact team.

3/21/2009 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P my brother may God Bless your loved ones. Truely tragic

3/21/2009 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condolences to the Officers family.

3/21/2009 01:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godspeed, my brother, godspeed. Take a minute, hug your significant other and give your kids a kiss and tell them that you love them. This life is short make every moment of it count.

3/21/2009 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace brother.

My condolences to his family and friends.

3/21/2009 03:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are family. No matter what goes on at 35th and Michigan. No matter what happens at city hall. No matter what happens at the F.O.P.
We are family, in blue.
Rest in Peace Brother.

3/21/2009 03:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Officer.....Bob my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your team......Irionic-what Class were we in yesterday

SouthSide-JG

3/21/2009 03:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow that LT seems like a good guy. Thanks for saying so much about the officer. It is important for us to know who he was as a person. What a beautiful life cut short. My sympathies to his family and his coworkers.

3/21/2009 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace brother.

3/21/2009 03:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P officer...
Unit 214

3/21/2009 04:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that all of his dreams were fulfilled until God called him home... And yes, a very nice comment made by Lt. Stasch. Those Tact guys from 23 are a good group of guys and girls. See you at the Wake...

3/21/2009 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

REST IN PEACE BROTHER
FRM 005.

3/21/2009 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God's peace and healing be with the officer's family, friends and coworkers.

3/21/2009 05:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SUNTIMES POSTED DRIVERS NAME:

The driver of the pickup, Raymond Adams.

3/21/2009 05:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest easy brother.

Cicero PD

3/21/2009 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a very tragic ACCIDENT for ALL involved. My sympathies go out to all involved and have suffered because of this accident. Life can change in an instant and we should never forget that. However some of you shouldn't make comments unless you have the facts......

3/21/2009 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cameron will be missed by the 015th District 1st watch. He spent much time on our watch and made many great arrest. As my PPO, Cameron was eager to learn and be the police. You will forever be missed and in our prayers. Sympathy goes out to his family, friends and brothers/sisters in blue. Julie c

3/21/2009 08:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lt. Stasch is TOP NOTCH, one of the best. I worked in 012 Dist. with him as a Sgt. and he always took care of the people under him. It will be Lt. Stasch to make sure all goes well for our fallen brother as he always did reguardless what the circumstances are and where. All the gold stars should let the Lt. handle this one, that way all will go well. GOD bless our fallen brother and his family.

3/21/2009 08:20:00 PM  
Anonymous 025 days said...

Rest in peace, Brother. Prayers to the family. Life can change in a split second. Nice words from the Lt.

3/21/2009 09:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P.

3/21/2009 09:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P brother..u will never be forgotten.

015 Tact

3/21/2009 09:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cam was a good guy. Knew him during the brief stint he did in 015. Had some real balls and was a good copper. Sad at this loss.

3/21/2009 09:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

god bless you and RIP from 2

3/21/2009 10:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS YOU CAMERON!

YOUR POLICE FAMILY WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU!

M.W. YOU ARE A GOOD PERSON, A GOOD SGT. AND A BETTER FRIEND. CAMERON AND EVERYONE AROUND YOU KNOWS IT.
TAKE CARE OF YOU AND YOUR GUYS DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME, LIKE YOU ALWAYS DO.

CAMERON IS SMILING DOWN ON HIS TEAM RIGHT NOW!

WE WILL ALL MISS YOU CAMERON!

3/21/2009 11:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Prayers are with you and you loved ones. RIP Brother

3/21/2009 11:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT IS AN UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT. PLEASE DON'T BASH THE PERSON INVOLVED. I'M SURE OUR BROTHER FIREFIGHTER IS NOT IN THE BEST OF SHAPE ABOUT THIS EITHER.

KNOWING CAMERON, HE FORGIVES HIM FOR THE TRAGIC MISTAKE.

GOD BLESS YOU CAMERON!

YOU WILL BE FOREVER WITH YOUR TEAM!

3/21/2009 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace,

from a Brother In Blue

3/21/2009 11:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rest in peace officer. you will be remembered and your family will not be forgotten. bless you and may you have eternal life with the lord.

3/21/2009 11:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace brother

3/22/2009 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cam,
We all loved ya and are gonna miss ya. God bless his family and his fellow tact officers

3/22/2009 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cam was the nicest cop I ever met, top notch and a go getter. He was always in a good mood and could take a joke with a smile. We are gonna miss you everyday we have left.

3/22/2009 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cameron was a great person, and hard working cop. We were all luck to have known him. We are better people for having met him and lucky to have worked with him. Will miss you Cam everytime I turn on ESPN and they have motorcycle competition on.

3/22/2009 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Hot Pursuit said...

Not to often you get to meet a guy like that, fortunate are those who got to work with him … Thought and prays to his family and those friends.
You’re a good man LT.

3/22/2009 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Upstairs won't be the same without you. Rest in peace. Godbless you and all those who have gone before him.

3/22/2009 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous marty obrecki said...

Cameron, I met you a couple of times, and from those times I could tell you were a stand up guy. R.I.P. brother in blue. We will take care of things down here, and you watch over us from up there.

Unit 313.

3/22/2009 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knew Cameron before we came on the job. He is just one of those people that you would never even think a bad thought about. He was truly an amazing person and he will be missed by everybody that had the pleasure of knowing him. Rest in peace brother, you died way to young!

3/22/2009 12:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GODSPEED!

3/21/2009 08:51:00 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truck driver's name is not being released because he's CFD.

3/21/2009 09:04:00 AM

Hey genius...I hate to say it, but, this wasn't the CFD guy's fault. NO, I'm not saying that this guy deserved to die. NO...I'm not saying that its not a tragedy that a copper was killed, but, by all WITNESS accounts, this wasn't the other drivers fault! Very sorry for the loss of a brother. Signed...on the scene

3/22/2009 03:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP,Cameron! It was a pleasure to be part of your team.Rest with the angels!

T.P.

3/22/2009 04:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Brother. I did not know you, but will be praying for your you and your family. I know the fire fighter that was involved, and he comes from a police family. He is a great guy and family man, he also is suffering with this. This is a sad situation but it is what it is a horrible accident.

3/22/2009 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this heartheavy time,we lean on eachother for support in order to make it thru this difficult time. We look for support and strength from co workers. We need look NO FURTHER than Lt Rob Stasch. Lt.,You are a genuine man. Youre Concern and compassion will not EVER go un rewarded. While I dont USUALLY incorporate religion into my posts,heres a thought. "Blessed are the Peacemakers as they are the Sons of God"
Lt,you need ANYTHING,I mean ANYTHING reach out for me Im in the adjoining District west of you.Thanks for being the hand and shoulders that my brothers and sisters are leaning on now in these sad tragic times. And no Im not schmoozing the Lt. Im giving RESPECT to a MAN that DESERVES it.


Look in 1913H for the Blue handled Beretta.What ever you need YOU GOT IT.

3/22/2009 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sympathies to the entire Karshna family and 23rd district. A good and honest PO has been taken too early. Don't be quick to judge the other driver- he is CFD and his father is retired CPD Sgt. The man was simply returning home from getting his small kids from school. He immediately got out of his vehicle and tried to render first aid.
Say a prayer for him as well- he is most definately feeling the pain of what happened.

3/22/2009 03:52:00 PM  
Anonymous bigoldfart said...

Lt Stasch leads from the front.

3/22/2009 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cameron, God Bless you. Don't give St. Peter to much $hit when you get up there. You will be greeted by many great Chicago Police Officers, (Lee Seward, Jimmy O'Connor, Michael P. Gordon,Timmy Fallon, just to name a few), that have laid the ground work for your Home Coming to God! I personally wish God could've waited.

And God bless Cameron's Team, Mike White and the boys!

Don't hesitate to ask for a shoulder to lean on in theses sad and unfortunate times! There are still people that care! Doing what we are suppose to do for eachother, is not a "FAVOR". It's just what is right!

3/22/2009 07:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY 3:52 P:M 22-MAR-09 What do you mean don't be too quick to judge the other driver because he is CFD WHO CARES WHAT HIS JOB IS !!!!!! He cut in front of a motorcycle causing the motorcycle driver to die Do you think the motorcycle driver would say Oh it's o-k you're CFD thanks for cutting me off !!

3/23/2009 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. BROTHER! May the good Lord have you at his side!

3/23/2009 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good point

3/23/2009 06:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY 3:52 P:M 22-MAR-09 What do you mean don't be too quick to judge the other driver because he is CFD WHO CARES WHAT HIS JOB IS !!!!!! He cut in front of a motorcycle causing the motorcycle driver to die Do you think the motorcycle driver would say Oh it's o-k you're CFD thanks for cutting me off !!

3/23/2009 07:23:00 AM
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I agree! RIP

3/23/2009 08:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Karshna family gave Cameron a very good sendoff. Outstanding eulogies by both the pastor and his dad. Thank you for including us in the wake and the funeral and god bless your beautiful family.
TG, 2361c

3/24/2009 02:15:00 PM  

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