Thursday, August 18, 2011

On the Mend

  • Former Chicago Police Supt. Phil Cline is battling lymphoma, according to his family.

    Doctors found a tumor on his pancreas and a biopsy determined this week that he has lymphoma.

    Although lymphoma is a life-threatening cancer, his family was relieved he was not diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which has a lower survival rate.

Still a way to go, but a slightly easier road than it could have been.

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34 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers for a speedy recovery.

Cicero PD

8/18/2011 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Non-Hodgkins lymphoma?

8/18/2011 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always a prayer in my heart for him and his family, for the fight that lays before them.

8/18/2011 03:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever your feelings were about the Supe please pray for his recovery. No one should have to go thru that.

8/18/2011 05:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless. I always like Phil Cline (no matter what you all say).

8/18/2011 06:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a brother police officer, I can only wish him the best..

8/18/2011 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least now the odds are on his side. Glad to hear the better news and I hope he totally beats this ugly thing.

We work hard all our lives to get to retirement. It would be nice to be able to enjoy it.

8/18/2011 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godspeed, Phil.

8/18/2011 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Youre in my prayers boss.

8/18/2011 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers and good thought to Phil and his family.

8/18/2011 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God bless him in his recovery

8/18/2011 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayer for the supe. But lets us not forget retired sgt who has been in Baltimore for 99 days in the hospital. Very sick. Wife is there alone (retired cpd)

8/18/2011 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am one of Cline's guys and my whole life changed after I had the privilege to work for him in Fillmore. His work ethic was contagious, he made it fun to lock up ass-holes, and he was always right next to us when we did it. (Remember pulling the facade of the front of a building with a tow truck during a search warrant?) I had the exceptional privilege to stay close to him when he rose through the ranks. He never lost that work ethic nor his sense of humor,nor his love of this police department and it's officers. This is all obvious in what he did and continues to do AFTER his retirement; "The Police Memorial". NOBODY could have made it what it is today without him. Trust me, I'm not talking in the past tense. If it's Cancer vs Phil Cline-Cancer doesn't stand a chance (I've seen what he can accomplish). Boss, I'm/we're personally not calling so you can have some time to get your "pre-raid plan" together. See you when you're a little better, Love the boys.

8/18/2011 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Non-Hodgkins lymphoma?

8/18/2011 12:21:00 AM


Though it may not seem like it, this is better than the pancreatic cancer they suspected from the beginning.

Prayers from a retiree.

8/18/2011 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To a speedy recovery. He is in our prayers.

Stone Park PD

8/18/2011 02:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers coming your way BOSS for you and your family God Bless you sir! Phil you were the last of the real bosses that were respected by many,feared by some!

8/18/2011 03:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very treatable and my prayers for you Phil.

8/18/2011 04:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you Phil, I know you read this blog when you are able.

A true cop, even when he wore 4 stars. He stopped and backed me up when I was doing a stop and was 99 and he was just driving by (no driver with him) The guy gave me some lip and Phil walked over and said "I'm his boss, you have no beef with the way he acted, go to court and see if the Judge agrees with you on the infraction" and gave the driver his card.

I'm glad it isn't Pancreatic cancer, Lymphoma isn't a cake walk, but Pancreatic cancer is insideous.

8/18/2011 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers for him and his family. I had the pleasure of running into him a couple of times when he actually rode on jobs. As a matter of fact when i worked in 008 and there were no less than 150 people brawling on the street at 64th fairfield he was the FIRST car there to back me and my partner up. I always respected him

8/18/2011 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck to Supt. Cline and his family!

8/18/2011 05:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best to him. ISP retired

8/18/2011 06:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prays for Supt.

And who is the Sgt. in Baltimore and how can we help?

8/18/2011 07:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers to you Superintendent. At least you have the right to hold that title. A full and speedy recovery to you.

To all those who knocked him, always be careful what you wish for. He was the best Superintendent we had. He was a cop his whole career. He may have had to bow to politics, but he always showed the men and women of this department respect. He never forgot where he started and he still cares about this department with the work he does with the Memorial foundation. Hell he even drove himself to work.

8/18/2011 08:04:00 PM  
Blogger Working Man said...

Best wishes Boss for a complete and speedy recovery! With the previous administration and now this regime, I forgot what it's like to have a good Boss to work for.
Get back on your feet soon!

8/18/2011 09:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil Cline and I were police cadets back in the day, I'm still working and every time i would see him, he would stop and say hello. He never forgot where he came from, I'm a lowly Sgt. and he would go out of his way at every police function to stop and say hello. I am so very glad he doesn't have Pancreatic Cancer, 2 of my close freinds suffered from this terrible ailment, sadly both are gone, buy I will say a prayer for Phil and his family each and everyday.

8/18/2011 09:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sup with the biggest heart. I'll pray for you at Mass. Hoping for your speedy recovery.

8/18/2011 09:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simply the best....good luck boss

8/18/2011 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yrs back i was working 99 on mids and a fool at 67th and western was giving me some shit/ who pulls up but PHIL driving himself. I thought it was a insptr,and said sorry bout no hat lou, he said screw the hat shit lets cuff this asshole.0;4 56 your not the only guy he has backed up. GOD bless you PHIL. YOU ARE LOVED.

8/19/2011 12:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my favorite stories about Phil Cline.
#1) I'm on the tact team in 021, doing a traffic stop in front of the Dearborns in it's hey-day..guess who backed me up? no driver just himself!

#2) I'm assigned to crowd control for the sox game when they win the World series in 05,,,some jerk -off boss who will not be named, is pissed i dont have a star on and wants to know why? while beer bottles are being hurled at us...Cline is directing traffic at 35/normal with a sox hat on and says leave that kid alone!!!!

8/19/2011 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few years back my partner and I were wrestling with a mutt in englewood and called for help. Help arrived and we got dude cuffed. When I looked up, it was the Supt himself. Thanks for the help Boss. My prayers are with you and your family.

8/19/2011 03:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The retired sgt in Baltimore is Rick Shanas. His wife MaryAnn is retired cpd. Please pray for them both. He is in very serious condition after two major cancer surgeries. He is not yet able to get home to be transferred to another hospital. She has been living in hotels and is coping as bestas she can. Please pray for Rick. He is at the University of Maryland Hospital. Baltimore, Md

8/19/2011 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Working for Cline was always fun. Just about everybody who worked with him or for him has stories like those being told here. Think about it - How many people besides his suckholes have anything positive to say about J-Fled? And how many will have fond thoughts of McNutty once he is gone? Cline was the Real Police and still is as far as I am concerned. A true believer who still cares about the men and women of our Dept. Prayers for the man and hope he lives a long life after beating this.

8/20/2011 01:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love you Phil. Stay strong my friend.
Michael S.

8/21/2011 04:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last of the "REAL POLICE" to occupy the superintendants chair. Speedy recovery.

8/26/2011 07:40:00 PM  

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