Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fumes Killed Officer

  • Harmful fumes caused the death of a Chicago police officer in April after he was exposed weeks earlier to a cleaning substance at a far Southwest Side station where he worked, according to autopsy results released recently by the Cook County medical examiner's office.

    Kevin Robinson, 42, a tactical officer with 15 years with the department, died of a lung illness from inhaling the noxious fumes, the autopsy report said. His death was ruled an accident.

    Robinson, assigned to the Morgan Park police district, was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital in early March. He told another officer he was coughing and having trouble breathing after inhaling a cleaning substance that a maintenance worker sprayed from an aerosol can on a desk at the district station, according to a police report.
You don't go to work and expect to be felled by an aerosol cleaning substance. We can only imagine the questions and such going through the officer's family's minds. To be 42 years old and a cop for 15 of them and suddenly, Dad isn't there because of an undiscovered chemical sensitivity?

Hopefully, the Department does right by his children, though we honestly don't know. This is tragic.

UPDATE: We are told that OSHA will not review cases like these as they don't investigate government agencies (like the mold problems.) In instances like these, you have to contact the Illinois Department of Labor website and click on the "Health and Safety" link for complaints and forms. The doubter in us says that this is kind of like the fox guarding the hen house as it's a state agency in a state known for political corruption and cronyism.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

godspeed officer. sorry to say the city is doing everything in their power to make sure your family is denied any type of benefits. What a shame it is. Your death was tragic and you will be missed. I wish someone with balls at 35th street with some power would stand up for your family and make it right.

9/21/2011 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It he were a First Deputy and in lousy shape and a chain smoker named John Thomas it would be considered line of duty. But a blue shirt patrolman with a family to support? No way.

9/21/2011 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This officer was at the station and probably doing some sort of police work ie. Paperwork wasnt he in the performance of his duty. He would not have encountered the deadly fume if he wasnt on duty doing his duty. So the city should step up.

9/21/2011 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OSHA won't investigate???

Then why the f### do they even exist?

9/21/2011 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. officer

prayers to the family

9/21/2011 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OSHA will nail you to the wall if you don't have your paperwork in order. Someone is dead, but I suppose that the CPD has their paperwork in order.

9/21/2011 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

40's is way-way too young.

9/21/2011 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless Kevin I have know him since he came on the job always smiling, polite and respectful. I will truly miss him. On the other hand the janitors who use chemicals in the station can barely speak english and I'm sure can't read it. The painful part is Kevin can't come back because of someone else stupid mistake. Kevin's children should be taken care of by the Department. The Chicago Memorial will probably make a donation to the family.
1st Watch Sgt 005th District

9/21/2011 12:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is no joke .. that shit they use is deadly to people with allergies and asthma.

9/21/2011 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The OSHA thing is true, called them about bums sleeping in the 002nd district. seeing one of them that died had ACTIVE Tuberculosis. They said we can only deal with either the state or the City Health department.

9/21/2011 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He died because of something that happened on duty.

His family deserves the same benefits as if he had been shot or killed in a traffic accident.

How the department chooses to classify it is irrelevant to me as long as his family gets the proper benefits.

9/21/2011 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell is going on with McCarthy's saga?

With whatever the hell is going on with him, certainly some sane person better start running this show called the Chicago Police Department or we will see more injuries and/or untimely deaths due to our work environment at the station, in addition to the dangers of the street.

This McCarthy debacle has been one of the most hushed up stories I have ever seen or heard of.

Allegedly, there are scores of witness up near his home, at the ball park and in several other places who seem to have the same story that McCarthy has managed to step on his dick in a big way, but nothing is being said or printed. The stories are all very similar, but the details seem to very.

Let's get this McCarthy thing either in the open, or over and done with soon. The bosses in the CPD need to start advocating for the rank-and-file. These silly-ass side show soap operas have to stop!

9/21/2011 01:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Kevin, Ill always remember you,...008th dist

9/21/2011 01:32:00 AM  
Blogger The Town Crier said...

I hate being on the same side of an issue as (the mere thought makes me feel unclean) a personal injury attorney, but this is as good of an argument against tort reform as I've ever heard.

9/21/2011 01:55:00 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

what the hell is wrong with the crazy female captain in 017 on 3rd watch who is obtaining cr numbers against members of her watch for faking IOD's--- the real kicker is that she was not even working the day one of the incidents occured but decided that the coppers were faking injury and obtained a cr number against them--- both officers have since been diagnosed with bona fide injuries and are being treated by city doctors--- the incident in which the officers were injured was witnessed by their supervisor and was also captured by external station house video cameras--- this crazy as hell captain should be the one being investigated, creating false allegations against officers on her watch who she doesn't like and wants to make their lives miserable--- their are another 8 officers on medical/IOD on that watch-- how come she didn't obtain a cr number against them saying they faked illness or duty related injury--- what a piece of shit this bitch is, january 15th can't come soon enough.......

9/21/2011 04:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

•Harmful fumes caused the death of a Chicago police officer in April after he was exposed weeks earlier to a cleaning substance at a far Southwest Side station where he worked, according to autopsy results released recently by the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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SCC--how does that square with your comment that he died due to a 'chemical sensitivity'? If the fumes are 'harmful', they're harmful to everyone, no? Just wondering.

9/21/2011 05:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, a connected contractor supplies the cleaning solvents...just so you know.

9/21/2011 05:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG! I was recently dumped to a district (too far south) and on my first day to work , my lungs began to contract and I began to get an instant headache due to the awful stench in the air. Once inside the district I noticed flies and all sorts of mysterious bugs roaming around the district. Once back on the street, not to mention how disgusting the vehicles smelled, there was another indescribable odor. I did some research and found out the following about the area I work in ..." former wasteland and landfills, ... densest concentrations of potentially hazardous pollution sources in North America... , ... growing concern about the number of deaths annually from cancer and other diseases that may be related to the environment..." WTF? What type of in/outdoor conditions am I working in? Lord please hear my prayer!!!!

9/21/2011 05:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simple wrongful death case.

The targets:
1. The City
2. The connected janitorial company
3. Daley personally

9/21/2011 06:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two Words.....



Bob Clifford.



Hire. File. Trial. Win. Millions.


Sorry for your loss.

9/21/2011 07:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is tragic.

There just is no way to know that someone is going to have this kind of reaction to common chemicals until it happens.

About all one can do to protect one's family from this kind of thing is term life insurance.

It is relatively cheap when one is young and your family will really need it if you are gone at such a young age.

I think the family would have a good claim that the death was work related, so there should be some kind of benefits available.

9/21/2011 07:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The basement in 025 always smells like a barn. Is it mold or a leaking pipe somewhere?

9/21/2011 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what will the mold do????? Our leaders dont care for our wellbeing. A waste and a shame. This officer's commander needs to go. Nobody smelled this but him????

9/21/2011 07:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Officers family should immediately hire Corboy and file a wrongful death lawsuit. They did very well for a family member of mine.

9/21/2011 08:07:00 AM  
Blogger SCC said...

SCC--how does that square with your comment that he died due to a 'chemical sensitivity'? If the fumes are 'harmful', they're harmful to everyone, no? Just wondering.

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heightened sensitivity to certain chemical compounds is a variable thing. it isn't like mustard gas that kills everything.

9/21/2011 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then the fop should hire an independant investigator

9/21/2011 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP brother. God Bless

9/21/2011 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the mush bitching and moaning about Capt. D. on 3rd watch in 017, are you a moron? Contact the union and also file a cr on her for making your life hell. Grow up quit bitching to others about your nonsense, we all have our own to deal with.

9/21/2011 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does fop serve a purpose,other then to collect dues. if nothing is said, nothing gets done. stand for something or go down for everything.

9/21/2011 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any of the big ambulance chasers would love this case. It would bring them money and score points with the bkueshirts.

9/21/2011 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW Where is All the training for the G8 NATO Or is it a select Clouted few

9/21/2011 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Retired Guy Here;
This is the saddest story I ever heard.

9/21/2011 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.state.il.us/agency/idol/laws/Law255.htm

(820 ILCS 255/) Toxic Substances Disclosure to Employees Act.


Sections 2 through 17 of this Act are inoperative on and after 9/17/2007 and the Department of Labor shall instead enforce the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication standards at 29 CFR 1910.1200, as amended.

EMPLOYMENT
(820 ILCS 255/) Toxic Substances Disclosure to Employees Act.

(820 ILCS 255/1) (from Ch. 48, par. 1401)
Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Toxic Substances Disclosure to Employees Act".
(Source: P.A. 83‑240.)

(820 ILCS 255/1.5)
Sec. 1.5. Federal regulations; operation of Act.
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), Sections 2 through 17 of this Act are inoperative on and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, and the Department of Labor shall instead enforce the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication standards at 29 CFR 1910.1200, as amended.
(b) If at any time the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication standard at 29 CFR 1910.1200 is repealed or revoked, the Director of Labor shall adopt a rule setting forth a determination that this Act should be reviewed and reinstated in order to protect the health and safety of Illinois' public sector workers. On the date such a rule is adopted, this Act shall again become operative.
(Source: P.A. 95‑623, eff. 9‑17‑07.)


(820 ILCS 255/18) (from Ch. 48, par. 1418)
Sec. 18. The Director is authorized to take such administrative action and to issue such rules and regulations after public notice and opportunity for comment as are reasonably required to implement this Act.
(Source: P.A. 83‑240.)

(820 ILCS 255/20) (from Ch. 48, par. 1420)
Sec. 20. This Act takes effect January 1, 1984.
(Source: P.A. 83‑240.)



A link to the complaint form too:
http://www.state.il.us/agency/idol/forms/pdfs/cmpltsaf.PDF

-ACS

9/21/2011 09:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was this stuff?

Is it still being used by our janitors?

Is it something we could encounter in our homes or on calls?

9/21/2011 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the city was just waiting on toxicology reports, which do take time. Now that its official, The officer's family will be properly taken care of. RIP Officer.

9/21/2011 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a shit head had died in a police station under the same circumstances what would be happening now? An officer dies and nothing? What a world we live in. This is how much the City and department values you office. Where is the FOP? Have they stepped in yet.

9/21/2011 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would guess the janitor mixed bleach, ammonia or an acid type delimer in a spray bottle and yes that will kill you.

9/21/2011 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...the janitors who use chemicals in the station can barely speak English and I'm sure can't read it."

--9/21/2011 12:17:00 AM

I have seen this sort of person in action. SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. They will hold down the button on a can of "furniture polish" (lemon oil and petroleum-based solvent) until the smoke detectors in the place literally go off.

No matter what the substance, the idea is to apply as much as possible of it to all surfaces. Give them a quart of Murphy's Oil Soap, they coat everything with it. Talk about a sticky dustball of a computer. All substances are equivalent as far as they can tell.

"Cleaner!" They smile, and keep spraying...

9/21/2011 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, the old CPD double-standard. If it happened to a Boss at 35th St. the whole sad story would be different. The CPD [Chicago Police Dictatorship] is so hypocritical it's unbelievable. But what else would one expect from the Communist City of Crookago?

R.I.P. Kevin. I hope your family takes the City for every Dime it can get.

9/21/2011 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OSHA = Useless. Another Commie government program, that's ALL F'ed Up, and totally politically controlled.

9/21/2011 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rham wants to spend millions of $$$ on boat houses, but the City will not pay this family what is due to them.
No amount of money is worth the life of a loved one, but if the City paid money for the dogs shot in the drug raid ( 4 legged, not 2 ) they should ante up.
We face possible death every time we hit the streets, but to die from someone's negligence is criminal.
Peace and eternal life with our Heavenly Father for this fine Officer.

9/21/2011 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a horrible tragedy and my deepest sympathy goes to the family of our brother. I want to know what chemical cleaner was used. Was this something mixed with bleach? Everyone knows or should know that you never mix anything with bleach.

9/21/2011 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous ConcernedCopper said...

RIP Officer.
Does anyone know the chemical that was used? Lysol? Pine? Bleach?
Maybe it would be a good idea to find out before this happens again!!!!!!!

9/21/2011 12:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

captain in 017 on 3rd watch who is obtaining cr numbers against members of her watch for faking IOD's--- the real kicker is that she was not even working the day one of the incidents occured but decided that the coppers were faking injury and obtained a cr number against them--- both officers have since been diagnosed with bona fide injuries and are being treated by city doctors--- the incident in which the officers were injured was witnessed by their supervisor and was also captured by external station house video cameras--- this crazy as hell captain should be the one being investigated, creating false allegations against officers on her watch who she doesn't like and wants to make their lives miserable--- their are another 8 officers on medical/IOD on that watch-- how come she didn't obtain a cr number against them saying they faked illness or duty related injury--- what a piece of shit this bitch is, january 15th can't come soon enough.......

9/21/2011 04:52:00 AM
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You mean, the captain with the annual 'ankle injury'? That captain?

9/21/2011 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What type of in/outdoor conditions am I working in? Lord please hear my prayer!!!!

Get over it Nancy girl.

9/21/2011 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: 21 SEP 2011 @ 0121 HRS

I agree with you, McCarthy was caught in a domestic doing the one thing any officer on this department would have been arrested for regardless of rank! He should be done, TOAST!, but not in this city. McCarthy wasn't going to be here long anyway. He was to do the dirty work then go back to New York.Which means he really could give less that a shit what happens to this department, he is just doing what he is told until his time comes.. then bye bye, or as Jfed put it, GOTTA RUN!

9/21/2011 01:05:00 PM  
Blogger sharky said...

God Bless Kevin I have know him since he came on the job always smiling, polite and respectful. I will truly miss him. On the other hand the janitors who use chemicals in the station can barely speak english and I'm sure can't read it. The painful part is Kevin can't come back because of someone else stupid mistake. Kevin's children should be taken care of by the Department. The Chicago Memorial will probably make a donation to the family.
1st Watch Sgt 005th District

9/21/2011 12:17:00 AM

***********

This was not a stupid mistake, but a tragic accident. The cleaning lady, who in fact can speak English, was spraying the spray as normal. Kevin had his head down reading a report and walked into the cloud. He never saw it, and the janitor never saw him coming out because it happened at a blind corner.
I absolutely agree that the city should take care of his kids, but watch out for the wife. They were separated, and she was quoted by the papers as saying that he had no breathing problems prior, which was an out an out lie. She is looking at winning the lottery.
Last I heard, the city was looking at the cleaning solution being replaced, but it is still being used.
Kevin absolutely was a gentleman of the highest order. This was a tragic accident, but any attempt to play this out as a plot of some sort is way off base. People seem to be implying that a lot. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and this was one of them.

9/21/2011 01:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call Steve Phillips (Phillips Law Office) at 312 470 6761.. He loves the police and specializes in work related injury as well as medical malpractice.. This man is a pit bull in the court room.. ALWAYS get what he wants.. He treats you with incredible respect and goes out of his way to accommodate you and not a shifty lawyer.. Forget Clifford.. This guy is WAAAY better... Just give him a call and at least talk to him and make your decision from there. Tell him you were recommended by a guy who's child he represented with a birth injury from Loyola.. He will take very good care of you. God bless.

9/21/2011 02:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No speech of valor today from the mayor about "obligations" huh..

I guess this copper just doesn't have the clout like some of the aldermen or the ex-mayors wife does.

How many years with the department again....fifteen?

Maybe the cities "obligations" and morality don't start to kick-in until year sixteen for a beat cop.

Don't be surprised that if someone turns up with a sensitivity to that mold in some of the departments and has an asthma or allergic reaction to it and dies, that the media will tell us all about what a tragic accident it was -- like it wasn't preventable.

Heh..a "cleaning substance" and a "lung illness" that's informative.

No word on what the substance was or if it is now banned from use.

No word on what action(s) from the city are being taken to prevent a re-occurrence and the "lung illness" leaves the door open for all kinds of wiggle-room against a lawsuit charging negligence.

Are these people for us or against us -- we wonder.

Hey Rahm..McCarthy...Make sure you deduct this mans salary and benefits from the $190 million dollars in cuts that you're looking for..after all that's all that counts right? That and that Maggie has a driver to the doctors.

9/21/2011 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Workman's Comp issue...

9/21/2011 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WRT" ...There just is no way to know that someone is going to have this kind of reaction to common chemicals until it happens. "

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Unless maybe the fumes from two common chemicals are combined -- like bleach and ammonia for example.

(Chloramine vapor, with a potential for hydrazine)

Chemicals Involved

Note that each and every one of these chemicals is toxic, except for the water and salt.

NH3 = ammonia
HCl = hydrochloric acid
NaOCl = sodium hypochlorite (bleach)
Cl = chlorine
Cl2 = chlorine gas
NH2Cl = chloramine
N2H4 = hydrazine
NaCl = sodium chloride or salt
H2O = water

http://chemistry.about.com/od/toxicchemicals/a/Mixing-Bleach-And-Ammonia.htm

There's a reason that many of these cleaning chemicals state on the label "use in a well ventilated area" if you ignore that labels warning can you still can it an accident?

9/21/2011 02:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT --

Just in case anyone missed this --

Local activists gear up for G8, NATO summits planned for city

August 28, 2011|By Andy Grimm | Tribune reporter

"Activists are planning massive demonstrations to coincide with the G8 and NATO summits in Chicago scheduled for spring 2012, with crowds of protesters likely to reach “tens of thousands,” organizers said.

"More than 160 members representing about 50 groups from across the U.S. and Canada gathered Sunday at the Chicago-Kent College of Law to discuss strategy and start planning two large-scale protests and a march that during the week-long joint summit, which is set for mid-May."

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-08-28/news/chi-local-activists-gear-up-for-g8-nato-summits-planned-for-city-20110828_1_summits-nato-andy-thayer

Left-wing crazy people setting fires and throwing s__t are always called "activists."

Anything from the right wing is "extremism" or "homegrown terrorism."

9/21/2011 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the police board that makes the decision if this death would be considered line of duty or performance of duty. The police board could make the decision to give the officer's spouse full salary for remainder of her life.

D/S Thomas passed away off duty sitting in his favorite chair in his home. The police board determined the cause of death to be stress of the job and his spouse was granted D/S's full salary.

Even though D/S Thomas was well liked, that was a favoritism/clout ridden decision made by the police board. And no autopsy was ever done.

What happened to Kevin is absolutely unforgiveable. The company who made the chemical should be sued, the department and city for hiring this company should be sued, and Kevin's spouse deserves full salary benefits.

This is truely a lawyers dream case and hopefully someone has already contacted the family to help them get everything they can.

9/21/2011 02:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What in the Hell was in that cleaning solution that caused this reaction? The city should take care of this family as if it were a line of duty death. If not his family should file a lawsuit against the city. Of course they will have to wait in line behind all of the torture fakers and other "connected" cases to get the remaining crumbs the city will offer. This whole story is crazy. I feel so sorry for this officers family.

9/21/2011 03:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The basement in 025 always smells like a barn. Is it mold or a leaking pipe somewhere?
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It is BOTH honey, that is why I left and you should too.

9/21/2011 03:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, more than half of these maintenance workers do not speak English and probably have no idea what they are spraying. Just a simple mix of ammonia and bleach, or almost any cleaning agent and bleach will let out deadly fumes. There are people with allergies, so just a spray of something can cause an allergic reaction or an asthma attack. Do we know what substance was sprayed?


RIP Officer..
Maybe a fundraiser is in order.

9/21/2011 03:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone doubt if they found mold in Daley or Burke's free city limos they would be replaced IMMEDIATELY! Depending on where you are on the city employee food chain you may get some relief. Mold can be a very very serious problem for your health. The one poster who stated she transfered into a station and felt ill should be taken very seriously.

9/21/2011 03:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading the quote in the newspaper today and thought the wife of the deceased officer was being so kind refering to the fact that the city "usually does something" for the family. Hard fact is she will probably have to get a lawyer to make sure the city does right by the family. How sad is that.

9/21/2011 03:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His ex-wife was quoted in the paper saying the city didn't seem to want to give anything to her OR her children. Ex-wives don't usualy get anything unless named as a beneficiary on insurance forms. I hope the city does right by Kevin's 2 kids. He was a hero, and died needlessly. Phil Cline: Will the Memorial Foundation step up to help?

9/21/2011 03:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can spend 4 Million on boat houses for kayaks, but they have no money for the families of Police Officers. !!!

It's a Shame that this City has no Shame !

9/21/2011 03:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG! Was at a police station today and saw a dozen police officers eating and licking the mold off the floor of the station. They were fighting with each other and screaming crazy stuff. Then I noticed two of the desk personnel come from behind the desk looking like Zombies and they tried to eat my arm. Maybe I should call OSHA!

9/21/2011 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FREE BIKES !!!

City to rent thousands of bicycles
Updated 2:19 p.m.

Chicago will launch a bicycle-sharing program next year, spinning toward a goal of providing 3,000 bikes for short-term use between 300 pick-up and drop-off stations.

9/21/2011 04:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt that cleaning solution sprayed on a table killed the man. There must be more to the story than that.

9/21/2011 06:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 years ago a Sgt at TRU put in a complaint with the state over conditions at 39th and Wood. The state found something like 22 violations, when he asked them what they would do about them their response was nothing they didn't have the manpower. union was even less helpful.

9/21/2011 07:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC said...
SCC--how does that square with your comment that he died due to a 'chemical sensitivity'? If the fumes are 'harmful', they're harmful to everyone, no? Just wondering.

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heightened sensitivity to certain chemical compounds is a variable thing. it isn't like mustard gas that kills everything.

9/21/2011 08:24:00 AM

I'm assuming like someone who is allergic to peanuts?

Thanks for the answer.

9/21/2011 07:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob Clifford is a real winner.

Go with him, make them pay.

9/21/2011 08:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic officer, but even better person. Godspeed Kevin. The 022nd district misses you and won't be able to replace you.

9/21/2011 08:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where does it say that OCHA won't investigate. A couple of people I know who work at the Academy say OCHA has been there a couple times. If you work some where with mold call OCHA.

9/21/2011 08:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.....The basement in 025 always smells like a barn. Is it mold or a leaking pipe somewhere?.....



The smell is from a "Dump" taken by an old wagon man in the '80's and placed in the men's locker room under Commander Curtin's Office.

It's the locker that was welded shut and will not open for anyone!

God Bless Wild Bill Whit**y!

9/21/2011 08:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

It is tragic.

There just is no way to know that someone is going to have this kind of reaction to common chemicals until it happens.

9/21/2011 07:33:00 AM

Not true in all cases. I have ADA on file regarding similar issues. My covered condition became common knowledge due to a bully supervisor anointed by O'Connor. The guy has issues with women. Now people on my job that have an ax to grind with me are spraying aerosol solvents wherever I work.

I feel bad for this Officer losing his life like this. I hope that they get to the bottom of what he was exposed to. I've had issues with Scrub and their spraying aerosol solvents around me. Most of their workers don't speak English. Some of these dolts get right next to people and start spraying away.

9/21/2011 08:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Two Words.....



Bob Clifford.



Hire. File. Trial. Win. Millions.


Sorry for your loss.

9/21/2011 07:04:00 AM

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If Bob Clifford can't take the case another high powered firm is

Demetrio and Corboy.

They have medical personnel on staff for case preparation. Phil Corboy is a legendary legal eagle in Chicagoland.

9/21/2011 08:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ot

http://tinyurl.com/29gnsrk

Ugly pension article from the Tribune

9/21/2011 08:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(b)(1) Nothing in this Act shall apply to working conditions of employees with respect to which other Federal agencies, and State agencies acting under section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2021), exercise statutory authority to prescribe or enforce standards or regulations affecting occupational safety or health.

9/21/2011 09:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/21/2011 12:08:00 AM


I agree on the John Thomas comment...... The guy dies at home on the medical they made him a Saint. Unbelievable....

9/21/2011 09:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feel for the officer and his family...where I work several of us cough, feel bad, at least two of us had to begin taking medication, employer doesn't give a rat's ass.

--No Cop Here

9/21/2011 09:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T.:
I heard about a book today that covers Obama and the white house. The author claims that Obama was going to fire Rahm. It just so happened that Shanks decided not to run again so Rahm threw his hat in the ring and Obama didn't have to fire him. Could it be Rahm wasn't the golden child that Obama was touting him to be when he was running for mayor? Ya think??
Now we've got this problem child for the next 3 plus years.

9/21/2011 09:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should be in the performance of duty. Townsend got it for not being at work. That officer and his family deserve that. He was performing his duty by being at work.

9/21/2011 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My God, this is a no brainer! If the City can justify screwing over his family in the same week they are building Yuppie Kayak Slips they are clueless.

9/21/2011 10:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael from 017, shame on you for sticking up for those two faking POS. Unless of course, one of them is you. Everyone else knows their game. Prime example of the few who are going to ruin it for us all. Bonofide injuries???Puleeeeeeze.

9/21/2011 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello SCC, OT but Thurs will be the second day the Tribune is kicking the shit out of unions for wildly inflated pensions for CHicago Federation of Labor union leaders. This law that allows the union fatcats to collect leader pay from the unions WHILE AT THE SAME TIME collecting a six figure pension from City pension funds. FOP leaders don't get this bullshit "benefit." I checked. They get the same pension as any other patrolman. We need to distance ourselves from these CFL con artists that have been in bed with the City forever. This is exactly the shit they will use to come after our pensions and get the public and the judiciary behind them.

9/21/2011 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He went to work on the day of the incident with the same expectation we all do...to come home healthy in one piece. He didn't because of an accident by the city. Give me a break and do the right thing...for once!

9/21/2011 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep officers safe in the districts before giving CTA platforms a facelift. RIP officer.

9/21/2011 10:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so sad, so tragic, RIP.

9/21/2011 11:51:00 PM  
Blogger Working Man said...

I had the pleasure of first meeting Kevin several years ago when he came to 022. He went on tact which is when I got to know him really well. You'll never meet a better gentleman, friend and Police Officer than Kevin Robinson.
God bless Kevin and his family.
Stay strong Curtis.

9/21/2011 11:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my god i feel so badly about this officer and i know what happened is true because it almost happened yo me i had the bad head aches pounding head aches i couldnt breathe i had to leave out for aur i had to take off when it got so bad i had to leave work for the day i went to my cut throat superviser who liked to play games i went to her boss and there cruel deputy commissions who was like cold blooded snakes i begged them to make the staff stopped spraying that tovic speay daily but no one would listen i have had astma for years but no one would assist me i used up all my sick days because i couldnt breath in that enviorment and i had headaches that made me cry thank god i left my city job before i also died they just dont care about front line workers and like you said that weak dont care union dont care about nothing but dues no one should of had to die and i pray they find out what they was using before others die also this was a warning for all of us

9/22/2011 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. dear Officer
and a side note to you fellow officers notice how many attorneys have posted their information, meaning that they read this blog looking for information to use in law suits. BEWARE

9/22/2011 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
my god i feel so badly about this officer and i know what happened is true because it almost happened yo me i had the bad head aches pounding head aches i couldnt breathe i had to leave out for aur i had to take off when it got so bad i had to leave work for the day i went to my cut throat superviser who liked to play games i went to her boss and there cruel deputy commissions who was like cold blooded snakes i begged them to make the staff stopped spraying that tovic speay daily but no one would listen i have had astma for years but no one would assist me i used up all my sick days because i couldnt breath in that enviorment and i had headaches that made me cry thank god i left my city job before i also died they just dont care about front line workers and like you said that weak dont care union dont care about nothing but dues no one should of had to die and i pray they find out what they was using before others die also this was a warning for all of us
9/22/2011 12:48:00 AM
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Say What?!

9/22/2011 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/21/2011 12:08:00 AM


I agree on the John Thomas comment...... The guy dies at home on the medical they made him a Saint. Unbelievable....

9/21/2011 09:42:00 PM
True! Big funeral heavy smoker even at work making the other coppers breath that shit in,and how about his "secretary" and the degrees while she was paid for work! He is no loss!

9/22/2011 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Officer. I have to agree with many posts. His family should get full benefits. He was on duty and in a police facility. No matter what anyone says, his death was caused from something that occurred on duty. Whether it training, an accident or anything else we have no control over, full benefits have been granted many times. What makes this different?

9/22/2011 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been retired for years. I was sorry to read about PO Robinson's death but not terribly surprised. I hope the city does right for his kids. Can someone tell me what uniform hat he was wearing on the cover of the Sun Times? Was he on a different dept before CPD?

9/22/2011 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should be in the performance of duty. Townsend got it for not being at work. That officer and his family deserve that. He was performing his duty by being at work.

9/21/2011 10:16:00 PM
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I recall at the time that the FOP supported it for Townsend..the rational being that "if he get's it, it will set a precedent, so others can get it also"

Years later it's clear that Townsend got it because he was a boss and politically connected..but, the blue shirts still get screwed! CPD always two sets of rules!!

9/22/2011 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree on the John Thomas comment...... The guy dies at home on the medical they made him a Saint. Unbelievable....

9/21/2011 09:42:00 PM


Leave John Thomas out of this ... He has absolutely nothing to do with this. John was one of the best to ever wear the uniform.

9/22/2011 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/21/2011 01:21:00 AM

I say BULLSHIT on this rumor. If there was any validity to it the shit would have hit the fan. No way in hell could you keep everyone involved quiet on it.

Coppers are the biggest gossips...even me!

9/22/2011 07:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Michael from 017; you must be drinking too much of the Koolaid to think that those 2 POS have legit injuries..the sgt. who witnessed the alleged iod is constantly doing shaky shit for them because he thinks that they are his friends ....wait until he is forced out into retirement due to age..I doubt that they willl be callling him to cover them on their bullshit..also the word on the street has it that the camera caught nothing of the alleged iod..you know why? because its bullshit!! Wake up dummy...

9/22/2011 07:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like how the Scum Times is leading this story now.

9/22/2011 07:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where does it say that OCHA won't investigate. A couple of people I know who work at the Academy say OCHA has been there a couple times. If you work some where with mold call OCHA.

9/21/2011 08:23:00 PM


It's OSHA...

Whats OCHA?

The Little village Illegals federation # 8?

9/22/2011 08:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Know the facts before you respond so quickly.... Everyone thinks they have the facts! So sad this officer died at such a young age, ask yourself first....why? A healthy 42 year old would not have died given this situation.... Conclusion, he was not healthy. Major issues which the VERY thick medical file can prove. Those who state that this should be treated like a line of duty death, as if he were shot and killed and the family should get the same benefits! Shame on you, we would diminish the ultimate sacrifices made by those officers. Responsible fathers (especially those with medical condition) plan for the future of their children. I'm sorry but I don't feel that this burden should fall on the backs of our pension and tax dollars. Get the facts! I have a peanut allergy so if someone in roll call is eating a baby Ruth and it causes my throat to close and I die, I should get line of duty benefits? No, that is what life insurance is for. Also, his children are getting more right now from his pension than he was paying for child support when alive. She has no right to claim to anyone that SHE deserves to be taken care of.... She is the EX wife.
Additionally, the only thing that the two bosses that keep being referenced got was an honors funeral! They did not get line of duty death benefits. Their pension was paid out but the federal and state line of duty was not even applied for. If this situation warrants anything, a claim against the janitorial company but in my opinion, line of duty is out of line!

9/22/2011 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said... OMG! I was recently dumped to a district (too far south) and on my first day to work , my lungs began to contract and I began to get an instant headache due to the awful stench in the air. Once inside the district I noticed flies and all sorts of mysterious bugs roaming around the district. Once back on the street, not to mention how disgusting the vehicles smelled, there was another indescribable odor. I did some research and found out the following about the area I work in ..." former wasteland and landfills, ... densest concentrations of potentially hazardous pollution sources in North America... , ... growing concern about the number of deaths annually from cancer and other diseases that may be related to the environment..." WTF? What type of in/outdoor conditions am I working in? Lord please hear my prayer!!!!

9/21/2011

Welcome to Englewood

9/22/2011 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. dear Officer
and a side note to you fellow officers notice how many attorneys have posted their information, meaning that they read this blog looking for information to use in law suits. BEWARE

9/22/2011 10:06:00 AM

I work for the city and posted the information about Demetrio and Corboy. Phil Corboy won a precedent setting settlement for someone I knew that was paralyzed in a car accident.

Demetrio and Corboy, along with Robert Clifford, are the holy grail of personal injury attorneys in Chicago.

9/23/2011 01:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this situation warrants anything, a claim against the janitorial company but in my opinion, line of duty is out of line!

9/22/2011 11:07:00 PM



do you write jingles for the laxative industry, too?

9/23/2011 06:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has the chemical in question been identified? If so, please let us know!!! At the very least have that chemical pulled from supply. This may be an item we may encounter at home or responding to a call!!! Otherwise this WILL happen again!!! You are terribly missed Kevo!!! Who would've ever thought you would be felled by cleaning solvent in YOUR own stationhouse!!!

9/24/2011 06:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOULD YOU BELIEVE?????? The Ex Wife of Kevin robinson is suing His mother for kevin's estate!!!!! Has she become money hungry or what??? They have been divorced 3 years. So exactly what does she think she'll get??? his mortaged home , auto and bills. WTF. get a WILL as soon as possible. So you don't have these issues in your estate. Spread the word about her. It's not right. The city is the enemy. not his grieving MOTHER! She lost her son , just like the children lost their father. know WHO your enemy ( The City of Chicago Police Department. ) is.

9/28/2011 03:40:00 PM  

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