Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Officers Rescue Eight from Fire

  • Police rescued eight people including a 56-year-old woman who suffered smoke inhalation when a fire erupted at a rowhouse in a Near West Side public housing development early Tuesday.

    The fire started about 12:40 a.m. on the first floor of a three-story building in the 1800 block of West Lake Street, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman [...].

    [...] The eight people rescued from the rowhouse were three women ages 32, 33, and 56 and two men ages 34 and 53, said police News Affairs [...]. Three children were also rescued, two girls ages 15 and 3 and a 4-year-old boy.

    Wood District Patrol Officer Manny Espinoza and his partner Officer K. Cunningham said they were first on the scene because they were only two blocks away from the CHA public housing complex known as West Haven.

What could have been a tragedy was averted by their actions.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me guess, this story was somewhere on page 14 right?

7/28/2010 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What could have been a tragedy was averted by their actions."

Were the officers stoned by a shrieking mob for their trouble?

The more you do for some people, the more they hate you for it.

7/28/2010 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job. Green ribbon!

7/28/2010 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could spend two 29 year careers in the department and not have a better day's work that this.

Nice job.

I like to read a good story once in awhile.

7/28/2010 02:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos to the officers! Nice assist by Capt TK also.

7/28/2010 06:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job from a former Wood St. copper.

7/28/2010 06:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always, nice work, truly...
"Chicago's Finest!"

7/28/2010 07:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good work Officers!

7/28/2010 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7/28/2010 08:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job!!

Glad u r safe.

7/28/2010 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job guys! Truly heroic. Those folks are darn fortunate you came on the scene.

7/28/2010 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Let me guess, this story was somewhere on page 14 right?"

My guess is that you'd bitch if it was on Page 2. Nice way to crap on the accolades going to some deserving officers.

On the other hand, god bless those officers who did this heroic work!

7/28/2010 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good work Officers!

7/28/2010 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

West Haven is one of those new housing projects, correct? Didn't it just open?

"Grand opening, grand closing!"

7/28/2010 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outstanding job.

7/28/2010 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous John Q. Public said...

Well done, officers.

7/28/2010 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So much of daily selflessness you guys/women of CPD exhibit is taken for granted.

With that many people's lives involved, no telling how things might have ended up for lucky group of survivors had these brave Officers not stepped up to plate.

Would be nice to see these Officers get well-deserved pat on back.

As Chicago citizen, I believe public would benefit to see reality of this side of CPD on front page MORE OFTEN, and the "real men and women" role models you truly are. Maybe it would teach "impressionable" ghetto youth more than their parents seem to be able to.

And would love to see less of reporters tripping over their own tongues to psycho-analyze/forgive "murderers, bank robbers, etc." because perps had poor upbringing. God I HATE when they do that.

--Chicago Citizen

7/28/2010 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

good job officers

7/28/2010 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous the rock said...

Its a shame that more positive news like this is not brought up on a front page of any shitcago newspaper. Good Job Boys!!

7/28/2010 01:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job guys. We could use some ballsy guys like you on our rigs too. Now you know what we do too.
s, CFD

7/28/2010 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOod job Manny!

7/28/2010 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job, officers! Thank you (and all of you officers reading this) for your service.

- A citizen and fan of SCC

7/28/2010 02:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Dave in Albany Park said... new "personal police relations policy" gets another rationale!

7/28/2010 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Residents of 13 know we have the best commander in the city and it is reflected in the dedication of her officers to serve and protect. She leads by example.

I bet you could count the # of officers who have bid out since she arrived on one hand.

Retired CPD

7/28/2010 02:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

page 16

7/28/2010 03:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Jenny Lizak, publicist Metro/SmartBar, said...

My apologies for posting this as a comment, but I didn't see a way to email. I was referred to this blog by an officer, she recommended I share some information about a benefit on Saturday night at Smart Bar for the Chicago Police Memorial Fund. We would be grateful if you could spread the word to your fellow officers about this event, which was organized by CPD officer Mike Dearborn, who also happens to be a DJ. Here's the info -

On Saturday July 31st 2010, Smart Bar (3730 N Clark Street) will host Remember, Honor, Respect, a fundraiser for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. A long-standing organization in Chicago, the foundation aims to provide support and assistance to families of Chicago Police officers that have been killed or catastrophically injured while in the line of duty, and has helped thousands in the Chicago area. The DJ lineup includes DJ Farley Jackmaster Funk, Mark Grant, FLX of Three Degrees and Majesty’s Mike Dearborn (a Chicago Police Department officer himself!) playing a special House set. Smart Bar is 21 & over. Tickets are $10 before midnight, $15 after midnight. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. For more info on the foundation please visit For more info on Smart Bar visit

7/28/2010 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous krash1109 said...


7/28/2010 05:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did 1120 try to get on the paper?

7/28/2010 05:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job! Glad everyone is ok.

7/28/2010 05:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1120 3/W, better known as "11-Dub" was on-scene and carried 3 of them out by himself...Congrats!

7/28/2010 05:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked for Commander Martin before and she is a great boss and a really nice person.

7/28/2010 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous 013th District Copper said...

Good job Manny and Kevin. I am proud of you.

Former 1395 Midnights!!

7/28/2010 07:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job officers! !! See not all cops are bad, we only shoot them when they shoot at us first. Officers do more good than bad,but the bad stuff makes the front page. Only when we die do we get the front page. Good job! !!!

7/28/2010 08:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope u didnt swear while savin those people,and i hope your uniform was up to general order on t.v!if not discipline comin my friends!!

7/28/2010 09:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey great job guys! But one question? Since we are usually on the scene before fire and sometimes have to be the first in how come we dont have a small block of fire training at the academy? Instead of going in there and being lucky wouldn't a little training increase everybodies chances?

7/28/2010 11:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"My guess is that you'd bitch if it was on Page 2."

You're absolutely f**king right I would. You know why, because BS stories like Abbate are on the front page and make frequent reappearances for the next several months. You were right about one thing though. I did forget to congratulate the Officers for a job well done. Great job Officers!

7/29/2010 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7/29/2010 02:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



7/31/2010 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These coppers deserve some serious recognition....they are always on the hunt....Great Job....

8/03/2010 01:10:00 AM  

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