Friday, May 27, 2011

Honoring the Deceased

  • On a hazy Wednesday morning inside the barn at the South Shore Cultural Center, a group of Chicago cops dodge the outside fog and huddle around a dark bay-colored horse named Knight, a saddle at the ready.

    The public might recognize Knight on the streets of Downtown Michigan Avenue, at a Cubs game or at an outdoor festival as working with the Chicago Police Department’s Mounted Patrol. But in the barn among the officers, he is recognized for his namesake, Officer John C. Knight, a former Chicago Police cop who was shot and killed in 1999.

    Knight was one of the first horses to be named after a Chicago police officer killed in the line of duty. Now, 21 of the 28 Mounted Patrol horses housed in this stable carry on the names and legacies of fallen officers.

Certainly a nice change from the usual fare the media likes to push.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless all of our deceased and please offer a prayer for their families! God-speed to all of them!! RIP!!

5/27/2011 12:08:00 AM  
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5/27/2011 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burbank police chief also honored knight and Flisk in a small ceremony dedicating their own memorial wall in their police station. Both worked for Burbank before joining CPD. It's nice that the fallen be remembered in many diffrent ways. Walls, street names and horses all very touching

5/27/2011 12:30:00 AM  
Blogger Cpdcoppurr said...

A beautiful tribute!!!! Lets hope we dont have to name another horse after another fallen Officer!

5/27/2011 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One minute they love and worship us, next minute they hate and loathe us

reminds me of my ex

5/27/2011 01:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC - Was there any mention or information of the Officer who died while working last week from narcotics? When are the services?

5/27/2011 06:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, if the media had any balls at all, it would report how the Mounted Unit housed, fed and cared for Dr. Pajak's horse while she was the police doctor. All on the taxpayers dime!!! Go, media, go!!

5/27/2011 08:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.Rather we should thank God that such men lived." general george s. patton,thanks to all first responders, from a vet.

5/27/2011 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John has a smile for that one!

5/27/2011 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous INSANE FISH I/F said...

"Officer John C. Knight, a former Chicago Police cop who was shot and killed in 1999".

John is not a "former" Chicago Police Officer (not cop). Is it just me, but this type of insensitivity really pisses me off.

5/27/2011 08:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One minute they love and worship us, next minute they hate and loathe us

reminds me of my ex

5/27/2011 01:15:00 AM




sans the action.

5/27/2011 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was very noble of initiating patrolman who came up with idea, but no need to reemphasize, I don't think they will be making cuts in your super clout unit.

5/27/2011 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

- - Joseph Campbell

5/27/2011 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT:

The Chicago Cubs are honoring service members this weekend.

Off. FP of MSF will be honored on Sunday in recognition of his tours of duty in Iraq. If you're going to the game, please get there early so you can cheer him as he's escorted on to the field and introduced before the National Anthem.

Congrats, FP! Have a great day!!
Glad to call you a friend.

5/27/2011 01:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to thanks Carol Marin & Don Moseley for doing this story-nice to see some positive coverage for a change on what I feel is a GREAT Chicago Police Dept. I was not aware of this honor. Hopefully there won't be no new names added to the list anytime soon.--God bless all the men & women that serve.I APPRECIATE all that you do for us.

Not A Cop

5/27/2011 01:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the original Horses in the 70's was named "Greco" for a PO KIA. Several relatives still on the job.

Many Horses since have been named for PO's KIA.
Camp
Strause(sp)
E Lee
JC Knight
There are more I know, but altimers is kicking in. Great tradition started long ago and should continue on.
JG (Ret)

5/27/2011 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger Duke said...

John was a good friend of mine. We started in the metro class together in 1989 and then he switched to CPD. He was a great guy and this is a very fitting tribute to him and all fallen brothers/sisters in blue.

5/27/2011 03:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My father passed the same year and i joined the department also in 99. i remember John at my fathers Wake with his partner my old friend. John was killed the following day. Rest in peace and god bless us all

5/27/2011 05:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Officer John C. Knight, a former Chicago Police cop who was shot and killed in 1999".

John is not a "former" Chicago Police Officer (not cop). Is it just me, but this type of insensitivity really pisses me off.

5/27/2011 08:59:00 AM

I had the EXACT same reaction. He is a police officer, who lost his life in the line of duty. Nothing 'former' about it.

5/27/2011 05:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ernest (Ernie) Bursoni CPD 016/ Passed away on 25 May 2011. There will be a Memorial Mass on 28 May 2011 at 1000 hrs. at St Ferdinand Church, 5900 W. Barry Avenue Chicago, IL. Internment to follow.

5/27/2011 10:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, if the media had any balls at all, it would report how the Mounted Unit housed, fed and cared for Dr. Pajak's horse while she was the police doctor. All on the taxpayers dime!!! Go, media, go!!
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There's a time and place to bring that stuff up, this is not one of them. It's a good story about the police for once. Let's leave it at that.

5/27/2011 10:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was very noble of initiating patrolman who came up with idea, but no need to reemphasize, I don't think they will be making cuts in your super clout unit.

5/27/2011 11:55:00 AM

That patrolman is the real police, I worked with him in 7. He is also a veteran that has been deployed to the middle east so many times that he probably has more time over there than you have on the job. He's a good man, show some respect.

5/27/2011 10:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was very noble of initiating patrolman who came up with idea, but no need to reemphasize, I don't think they will be making cuts in your super clout unit.

5/27/2011 11:55:00 AM

That patrolman is the real police, I worked with him in 7. He is also a veteran that has been deployed to the middle east so many times that he probably has more time over there than you have on the job. He's a good man, show some respect.

5/27/2011 10:49:00 PM

This is a reason I tend to hang around with less and less cops now-a-days.... Theres always one jag... Looks like we found one at 11:55, sad, just sad.

5/27/2011 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P to PO Anthony Creed, my partner in 003 back in "74"He was the first PO killed in the line of duty while serving in the Mounted Patrol Unit........

5/27/2011 11:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that dr cared for every horse, donated medicine and exams And saved the city thosands. The media should report about this, it would be a great story. A story about a Chicago tax paying resident that is doing their part to save the city money.

5/27/2011 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The backside of the horses are named for our previous mayor.

5/28/2011 10:12:00 AM  

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