Friday, September 30, 2011

Mullen Shooter Dies

  • The elderly man who shot and paralyzed Chicago Police Officer Jim Mullen 15 years ago died in prison Thursday.

    George Guirsch had no criminal record when he fired a .357 Magnum at Mullen and three other officers as they knocked on his door while investigating reports of gunfire in Rogers Park in 1996.

  • “I have a lot of mixed emotions,” Mullen said about Guirsch’s death.

    “I really hold no malice toward George. I never really have. He was someone who was disturbed, and you know, there are a lot of officers out there that risk their lives every day. It was just my turn, I guess.”

  • “I really mostly feel bad for my family because they’re the ones that really have to live with this every day,” Mullen said.

    The more important news of the day, Mullen said Thursday, was that his 15-year-old daughter came home from school with straight A’s.

Mixed emotions indeed. God bless you and yours Sir.

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33 Comments:

Blogger NorthSide said...

Jim, Athena and Maggie are first class acts. By the way, I've got to get some more of that delicious Mullen's applesauce for my pork chops.

9/30/2011 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous ISP Sgt said...

Straight A's is a big thing! And next year his daughter will begin driving- She's definitely earned that.

I think I'll stop by his place on Western and hoist a few for Jim and family.

9/30/2011 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim and his wife Athena have been a class act through this entire ordeal. It has been hard on their family and yet they seem to grow stronger. They are great parents and an example to everyone. My hat is off to both of them today and everyday. Remember, the best revenge is to live life well.

9/30/2011 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Classiest thing I've read from anyone anywhere for a long time. God bless you Jim. May you live all the dreams you ever have.

9/30/2011 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Super class guy.

9/30/2011 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless Jim and his family...

OT
Here it comes... We all knew it was coming..

No need for more cops said McCarthy.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8373307

McCarthy Disputes Police Staffing

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/garry-mccarthy-police-staffing-numbers-needed-union-used-dispute-20110930

9/30/2011 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like a pretty squared away type of guy.

9/30/2011 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More good news. Received a letter from Bill Cozzi this AM and he stated he is scheduled to be released 1 Nov.. He will have a 2 week stay in a half-way house on Ashland.. He send his good wishes to all CPD members. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

9/30/2011 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you new to the job who don't know the story about "Moon" you should google it. I can't get the image of Jimmy straining to kiss his baby with the only portion of his body not paralyzed. That image speaks to what we all should aspire to. Family, faith and love.

9/30/2011 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A true gentleman. For those who haven't tried his applesauce, it's a addicting. Every night after work I have to fight the urge to eat 10 spoonfuls straight from the jar. God watch over him and his family.

9/30/2011 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim was always the classiest in any crowd. God bless him and Athena and their family. Good riddance to the shooter.

9/30/2011 11:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A true class act response!

9/30/2011 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous KMA1999 said...

Jim and his bride are all class.

9/30/2011 01:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Mullen is a class act

9/30/2011 02:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Certainly a Class Act!

9/30/2011 02:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Bill Lynch said...

Jimmy, you have long been an inspiration and a class act. I am proud to be your friend. Take care and God Bless.

9/30/2011 02:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless him and his family.

9/30/2011 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you new to the job who don't know the story about "Moon" you should google it. I can't get the image of Jimmy straining to kiss his baby with the only portion of his body not paralyzed. That image speaks to what we all should aspire to. Family, faith and love.

What is the "Moon" story? A little more info would help.

9/30/2011 03:42:00 PM  
Blogger Cpdcoppurr said...

God Bless the Mullen Family. Jimmy, Athena and Maggie are an inspiration to us all, through love and faith they turned tragedy into triumph. A pleasure seeing them this week and spending the afternoon. Their smiles beam as bright as the day I first met them so many years ago. They are an inspiration for us ALL!

9/30/2011 04:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Classy to this day....I'm proud to call Jim and Athena Mullen my friends!

9/30/2011 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More good news. Received a letter from Bill Cozzi this AM and he stated he is scheduled to be released 1 Nov.. He will have a 2 week stay in a half-way house on Ashland.. He send his good wishes to all CPD members. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.



If true, it's benefit time!

9/30/2011 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What this "MAN" has gone through defies my imagination. It humbles me to think how much raw guts one man can have. His response to reporters questions about his dead assailant speak volumes.

9/30/2011 05:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humbling to hear Jim's words...I would like to think I would have as much grace as he if I were in his situation, but I doubt it. God bless you Jim, Athena and family. I will always keep you in my prayers!

9/30/2011 07:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Supt. McCarthy was on Fox News and he said "no more cops will be hired in 2012". Keep working hard my fellow officers. Keep making those arrests, write parkers and movers and impound cars too.

9/30/2011 07:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Mullen is a class act. God bless him and his entire family.

9/30/2011 08:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Brian Tierney 015 said...

God Bless U Jim, U have more Courage And Integrity and Class than anybody I have ever met!! Hugs and Kisses to Athena and Maggie! West Side FTO BT.
P S. Don't 4get all U SecondCity Cop Visitors 2 Buy Jim's Apple sauce it helps Jim along with the CPD Memorial Foundation!!

9/30/2011 08:44:00 PM  
Blogger Advillin said...

Thank you everyone for your kind words. It's nice to be thought of in this light All the best to all of you.
Stay safe.
Jim Mullen

9/30/2011 08:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry for being Off Topic but of fearfull leader said...

“I think it would be disingenuous to walk in and say, ‘I need more cops,’ ” McCarthy told the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board.

Until he can maximize the performance of the officers he has, McCarthy said: “I think it is unconscionable to hire more officers.”

McCarthy said he is still working to make the department run more efficiently with the officers at his disposal. McCarthy, who took office in May, said he isn’t done evaluating how many officers he needs in various positions. For example, McCarthy said there are currently about 1,000 detectives. He said he isn’t finished reviewing how many detectives the department needs, but added: “I would say we probably have too many.”

DID HE SAY WE HAVE TOO MANY DETECTIVES. Wow. No Promotions to Detective in four years, coupled with retirements, and deaths we are down way down in Detectives. His math is so fuzzy, its worst than what he would have learned in the worst performing CPS school. We all know u can make statistics say what you want them to but hard numbers don't lie.

9/30/2011 10:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the city doesn’t need more cops as it faces a $635 million budget gap.

“So far we're showing we can get the job done with less,” McCarthy told the Tribune editorial board on Friday. “I just can’t in good conscious say that we need more when we’re not operating at peak efficiency.”

9/30/2011 10:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who do we admire in society?
Spoiled sport stars, hollywood nitwits, political phonies.

How Jim and his family have lived their lives after sustaining such a devastating injury is truly remarkable.

The department should honor his sacrifice by naming the academy after him or at least one of our awards.

Think about some of the people the city has honored in the past.

It should be a slam dunk.

9/30/2011 11:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The applesauce really is amazing! We at least have it for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner every year.... for dessert! Area 1

10/01/2011 07:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Benefit time for Cozzi? Why? last time they colected about 20 grand for him. He gave it all away for the wall fund.

10/01/2011 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the privilege of having dinner with Jim a while back.
A great man. Loved his apple sauce. He keeps his spirits high against all odds. God bless Jim and his family.
M Sweig

10/02/2011 01:11:00 PM  

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