Friday, July 16, 2010

Soderberg Memorial

  • The widow of slain Chicago Police Officer Thor Soderberg told his fellow officers this morning to smile when they thought of her husband, and she said her husband knew he could always count on his brothers in blue.

    "I know you always had Thor's back," Jennifer Loudon said, speaking at the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. "Thor always knew you had his back." Loudon spoke without tears, wearing a red dress she said her husband had helped her pick out.

Rest in Peace Thor Soderberg, until we meet again.

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Anonymous two year wounder said...

scc, letter writing campaign in each district. pdf forms made available by you on line printable?

7/16/2010 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officer Soderberg's wife said that he and she knew that you had his back. Just so you know, we suburban cops your CPD backs too. Stay safe my brothers and sisters.
--West Suburban Cop

7/16/2010 01:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A big thank you to all the Departments that sent Officers. ISP,St. Louis,Madison, all the suburbs.

7/16/2010 05:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Bluedude said...

Thanks to all of the Suburban, State, Fire Department and Federal Agencies for coming out. We all appreciate the support. Thor was a really great guy and was everything that was mentioned during the memorial service. It was hotter than a radiator in there. Again, thank you for coming out.

7/16/2010 05:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another awesome display of courage, this from Thor's widow.

When people think of the CPD and CPD members families, and wonder aloud "What kind of people are these cops?" - these two people are the shining example. Courage, honor, leadership.

5th floor, media - are you watching?

Never Forget.

7/16/2010 06:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This still makes me angry beyond words that a good Officer was murdered. I heard his wife's eulogy, what a first class lady. Man, life really sucks sometimes.

7/16/2010 07:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At three funerals now I listened to J-Fled's eulogy. That man is the most unemotional person I've ever heard. I wish he would just post his speech and si down. You can puck out from his tone, inflection and insincere words that he couldn't give a rat's ass that a Chicago Police Officer made the ultimate scrifice for this city.

7/16/2010 07:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley still gets on TV. Great comment "the Good the Bad and the Ugly" He is Koo Koo and a disgrace

7/16/2010 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only the CPD Blue Shirts keep this city together and safe. Well said Mrs Soderberg the husband was a true Hero

7/16/2010 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very classy Mrs. Soderberg, peace and blessings unto you and your family.

7/16/2010 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS U BROTHER

7/16/2010 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

--West Suburban Cop Thanks Brother!!!! CPD

7/16/2010 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You bet we have your back and will watch your family while you watch us brother. My deepest sympathy to the wife, family and friends. Stay safe brothers and sisters.

CPD

7/16/2010 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs. Soderberg exhibited more class than Daley and his lap dog a.k.a. J-Fled

7/16/2010 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

EX-COP HAS YOUR BACK TOO...
I happened upon two old timers trying to lock up a belligerent M/1 under the Kennedy Expressway Bridge at Logan Blvd a few summers ago...BIG MOFO, about 6'3" and 240#...I gave the SOB a kick to the back of his knees he won't soon forget. We all ended up on top of that dog-ass and he ate a few pieces of concrete in the process.

You can take the cop out of the uniform, but you can't take the uniform out of the cop.

7/16/2010 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see all of the outside agencies there.
MAY WE NOT FORGET HIS WIFE. GOD BLESS HER.

7/16/2010 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous An Old Sergeant said...

Implicit in Ms. Loudon's comments was the sentiment that the mayor, superintendent, and assorted phony police brass that had the gall to appear DID NOT have her husband's back. Or ours.

And where does Alderman Burke get off showing up wearing TWO stars? I could have puked. So he was a cop once, but he was never and will never be one of us no matter how many trinkets he shows up with.

Far better if he wore his tinny alderman badge--to show everyone what he really is.

7/16/2010 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cluless J-FLED wearing our unform, which he has not earned is shameless

7/16/2010 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you fellow officers from all over and CFD....it means a lot to see your support.

7/16/2010 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The good alderman (inheritor of papa's throne) got his law degree while pretending to be the police, answering phones on the 1st watch, someplace very safe.

7/16/2010 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SFPD copper here. . . I really wish I could have attended this man's funeral but I couldn't arrange the time off. Godspeed to you Thor and to all in Chicago PD

7/16/2010 07:08:00 PM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

According to Viking legend, the Valkyries have taken Brother Thor to join our other slain heroes in Valhalla.

Based on my own experiences, many officers and certainly his now graduated recruits will take memories of Thor Soderberg to their own graves.

During my career, there were two nights which I will never ever forget: July 17, 1970--40 years ago tomorrow night--and Mother's Day night, May 13, 1990.

Both involved two personal friends and uniformed police officers who were murdered on my watch: Jim Severin and Tony Rizzato; then almost 20 years later, Greg Hauser and Ray Kilroy.

As young homicide detectives, Tom Tranckitello and I were given the grisly task of stripping Jim and Tony naked after they were pronounced DOA at Henrotin. Trying to hold back our tears and to focus on our onerous assignment, we meticulously inventoried their blood-soaked uniforms, still holstered weapons and personal effects for the Crime Lab prior to their removal to the morgue.

Then, almost 20 years later, as a patrol sergeant, Zone 12 radio was unable to raise two of my best coppers, their last assignment being "a disturbance with the grandson" at the bungalow on the southwest corner of Nordica and Palmer. I drove over and saw their unoccupied squad car parked in the alley next to a 2-car garage across the street from a church at 7116 W. Palmer.

I drove past that garage this afternoon and my thoughts returned to the bowels of Hell.

I had entered the pitch dark garage through the raised door. I fround Greg and Ray mortally wounded in the southeast corner.
I immediately called a 10-1 with 2 officers down, requesting ambulances and "everybody". I never felt more helpless when I cradled Greg's head as he gurgled into his death rattle next to his lifeless partner.

In both double homicides, the cop killers were soon apprehended and are currently rotting in the IDOC.

I must give a "shout out" to the now retired "Sergeant Al" from 018. It was only through the relentless efforts of this modest, soft-spoken gentleman that two memorial street signs now honor Jim and Tony on the southwest corner of Larrabee and Division Sts. Duplicate copies were given to their families.

After reading an earlier thread entitled "Soderberg Visitation" and an anonymous post [See 7/15 at 10:40 AM], "anonymous" gave me an idea. Thank you. I have shared it with the office of 36th Ward Ald. John Rice and the 25th Dist. I believe that two memorial street signs will soon be mounted at the intersection of Nordica Ave. and Palmer St. to honor my two great warriors.

Meanwhile, Thor has now joined Jim, Tony, Greg, Ray and our other fallen heroes in Valhalla.

7/16/2010 08:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T. I see that there were a couple of promotions today. J-fled made it official and named Ernie Brown the head of patrol. Roti who was E.B. asst in OCD takes the top spot there. And Carothers takes over Englewood. Man his brother isn't even in charge and they are letting this dumba$$ be in charge. Well Englewood won't be getting any better anytime soon.

Maybe EB should stay at OCD and let Roti run the patrol division.

7/16/2010 08:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Numerous promotions and lateral moves made today.....What's the scoop

7/16/2010 08:49:00 PM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

what a class act she is

7/16/2010 08:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago police Superintendent Jody Weis named a 27-year police veteran today to oversee the department's patrol division a few weeks after his predecessor was reassigned after a surge of weekend shootings and homicides.

Ernest Brown got the official nod as a deputy superintendent three weeks after he was appointed acting head of the patrol division. He succeeds Dan Dugan, who was reassigned after one weekend last month in which more than 40 people were shot and eight killed.

Weis also promoted Brown's deputy chief, Nicholas Roti, to head the organized crime unit, and Lt. Anthony Carothers to commander of the Englewood police district on the city's South Side

7/16/2010 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, I'm not a fan of politicians, but lay off of Burke. He didn't have to show up, but he did and actually does care about us and the firemen.

You can't hate everything all the time.

7/16/2010 09:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat Quinn gave almost word for word the exact same eulogy as he did for Tom Wortham. I hate it that they demand to speak at the services and then hardly bother to learn anything about the men other than what they get from media sound bites. For some reason, he disgusts me more than the Mayor.

God Bless you Ms. Louden. You're an incredibly strong human being.

7/16/2010 09:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANKS TO ALL THAT THOSE WHO WERE THERE AND THOSE WHO PRAY GOD BLESS AND STAY SAFE AND HELP EACH OTHER CAUSE THE FEW WE ARE WE NEED TO STAY SAFE .

7/16/2010 09:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could not believe Burke wearing 2 stars???? Makes me sick!!!!! Then running to his "bodygaurds" Real Cool!!!! Also that hat?? Need a mirror???

7/16/2010 10:44:00 PM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

...and on Thursday morning, a SHAMELESS COWARD, wearing OUR uniform, delivered a eulogy to a fallen HERO.

7/17/2010 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NorthSide:

"... I never felt more helpless when I cradled Greg's head ..."

+++

Sir, I can cannot tell you the number of tears that rolled down my cheek as I read your testimony. I come from a LONG line of Police Officers and Federal Agents. I attempted to follow in my father's footsteps, but that was not to be. I still bear that scarlet letter to this day...nearly 20 years later. But I bear no ill will towards those who manipulated and distorted facts to save their own hides. Instead, I hold my head high and continue to raise my children to respect not only police officers and all they do, but themselves and others as well. To be good productive citizens and to do what is right.

Thank you for your service and sharing those memories with us. And, in so doing, enlightening the minds of those who have not walked in your shoes.


God Bless the CPD

7/17/2010 12:56:00 AM  
Anonymous J-FLED said...

If I...saw that I was the cause of (poor) morale in this department, no one would have to ask me to leave. I would leave on my own.

GOTTA RUN!

7/17/2010 01:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I'm a bit puzzled by all of this. If there was no Honors Funeral, WTF did J Fled, et al, show up?

7/17/2010 01:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT, we lost another CPD officer this week...Sgt Micheal Kirsch. I know he rubbed some of the sergeants in 015, the wrong way, but please try & put that aside. The years I worked with him in 024 were hilarious.

He was only 40. Both his brother & father passed away from a similar health problem, around the same age. Please keep his wife Kathleen & son Johnny in your prayers.

7/17/2010 01:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't help crying, Northside. One thing is for sure. J-Fled the coward will never get to "Valhalla".

7/17/2010 06:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Northside

Your words deeply moved me. You should write a book.

May all the murdered officers rest in peace.

7/17/2010 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE PICTURE OF ED BURKE WAS A JOKE WTF WAS HE DOING THERE AND THAT HAT

7/17/2010 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real police run TOWARDS danger. J-Fled runs the other way.

What was Daley thinking when he picked this cowardly loser.

Heartbreaking post, Northside.

7/17/2010 07:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Sgt. Al" Piantkowski is one class acts. Thanks for sharing, John. I was there 40 yrs. ago tonight.

7/17/2010 08:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading an earlier thread entitled "Soderberg Visitation" and an anonymous post [See 7/15 at 10:40 AM], "anonymous" gave me an idea. Thank you. I have shared it with the office of 36th Ward Ald. John Rice and the 25th Dist. I believe that two memorial street signs will soon be mounted at the intersection of Nordica Ave. and Palmer St. to honor my two great warriors.

Meanwhile, Thor has now joined Jim, Tony, Greg, Ray and our other fallen heroes in Valhalla.

7/16/2010 08:18:00 PM

Some talk, some do. Thanks John. Second on Sgt. Al in 018. A real class act.

To the Ed Burke fan: I thing the Police will stop hating him when he gives up his "status" C.P.D. coat holders. We are really short handed out here.

7/17/2010 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:30 AM

J-FLED IS A BIG COWARD BUT AN EVEN BIGGER LIAR.

R.I.P.
THOR SODERBERG AND ALL OUR FALLEN HEROES.

7/17/2010 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
THE PICTURE OF ED BURKE WAS A JOKE WTF WAS HE DOING THERE AND THAT HAT

7/17/2010 07:43:00 AM

I guess that's what he wears on happy days! No black attire was to be worn.

7/17/2010 05:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good rest his soul. Juat a comment about the service. Wasn't nice not to see Brust in a front row seat. Made my heart sing. And how about that outfit Alderjerk Burke had on? Between the hat and the phony stars he looked like a New Orleans pimp.

7/17/2010 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I guess I'm a bit puzzled by all of this. If there was no Honors Funeral, WTF did J Fled, et al, show up?

7/17/2010 01:36:00 AM"


they gotta keep up those false appearances.

7/19/2010 02:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Guys, I'm not a fan of politicians, but lay off of Burke. He didn't have to show up, but he did and actually does care about us and the firemen.

You can't hate everything all the time.

7/16/2010 09:23:00 PM"



spoken like a true suck ass.

do you polish his knob for him, too?

7/19/2010 02:14:00 AM  

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