Sunday, January 22, 2012

Commander Kupczyk - RIP

It's seldom you run across a boss of whom there are no bad words said about them. Everyone has an axe to grind over something, real or imagined. But John Kupczyk was one of those bosses that almost everyone enjoyed working for.

We never worked for John, but our paths crossed a few times and he was always a fun guy, capable to a fault and always looking out for his people. The 008 District and the Chicago Police Department have suffered a tremendous loss today.

Remembrances only in this thread.

UPDATE: Post moved from 10:30PM last night

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201 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very sad.

1/21/2012 10:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy cow! WTF happened?

OMG, such a HUGE loss.

Such a great man.

1/21/2012 10:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Farewell Boss. Till next we meet...

1/21/2012 10:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw him a couple of weeks ago at a Hawk game. He looked great and happy. You never know what is going on inside. Very sad.

1/21/2012 10:45:00 PM  
Anonymous 1st and 16th said...

R.I.P. boss, you will be missed.

011 2nd Watch

1/21/2012 10:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. BOSS one of the best.

1/21/2012 10:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before kup become commander he was our captain on first watch in the 011th dist. I know of no other boss in my time that was as approachable or a pleasure to work for. You will greatly be missed. The day if only all bosses were like him this dept would definitely be on a greater path. From the sup on down to other commanders, nt one can stand toe to toe with him u are missed. Can't wait to work for u again

1/21/2012 10:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Kup

1/21/2012 10:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A real gentleman.I haven't seen him in years.Kinda forgot about him.A well respected man.God watch over his family in their time of need.

1/21/2012 10:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never had the pleasure of working for him. Met him a few times on details. He really seemed like an exceptional boss/person. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his police fmily

1/21/2012 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another 008 dist cammander, Jim Caroll passed away yesterday.

1/21/2012 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great boss, great man. R.I.P.

1/21/2012 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I passed through 008 for just a few months in late 2010 early 2011 before retiring. He was a great boss, well liked, and always treated me like I had been around forever. I had but not in 008. My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace!

1/21/2012 11:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He will be missed...great guy always greeted everyone he met and passed in hallway. Always treated you as an equal and with respect. Ran into him several times out of work place and always greeted with a smile and a handshake. He was loved and will be missed. Rest in Peace Boss!...everyone should take a lesson from him on how to treat people and still get ahead. 008th 1st watch.

1/21/2012 11:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Kup.... We love you!!!

1/21/2012 11:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, no matter who they put in 008 they wont be nearly half as good as Kup was. A true gentleman and a prince of a boss. A wonderful man and friend to all who knew him... at a complete loss of words. great boss, great man. A sad sad day.

1/21/2012 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard he was in new york for the comstat classes. What a tragedy this is. A great person. You will be missed John.

1/21/2012 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The greatest boss i ever worked for!!! alot of people dont know this but he was leaving the 008 dist with a new promotion to one of the area's. R.I.P. John

1/21/2012 11:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did not know the man, but for him and all the great bosses I have worked for, you are few and far between and I am grateful to have known ye. We won't have anymore like them... and they are passing away. It was a different department back then. Many of the hair-gels as we call them would not be half as annoying if they had some of the bosses that we did.

1/21/2012 11:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great boss.....rip

1/21/2012 11:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in shock. He was a great guy. What a loss for everyone.

1/21/2012 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turn off the lights, close the doors. Abandon all hope. With Kup goes all hope!!

1/21/2012 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great guy. Unique boss. RIP Johnny.

1/21/2012 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Kupczyk was the best boss left in this once great department. RIP sir. You will be dearly missed.

1/21/2012 11:22:00 PM  
Anonymous rip kup said...

seriously scc dont even post any other topics tonight. This needs to stay up top all night and day. What a sad day. Im not even in the mood for political and media stories or sarcasm and silliness.. just take the night off.. this is terrible. rip friend.

1/21/2012 11:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great guy I will miss u John

1/21/2012 11:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Prince Of A Man" is an understatement.

Great boss to work WITH in 011 and highly respected, admired and appreciated for all he did for those of us living on the outskirts of the 008th District.

Not only did Kup take great care of those that were working in 008, he made sure some of the district's resources and manpower were dedicated to the coppers living in 008. His understanding of "taking care of the police" didn't stop at those directly under his command, and for that I am grateful.

They just don't make 'em like John anymore.

My sincerest condolences to the Kupczyk Family.

Glen Popiela #14124 - 011

1/21/2012 11:27:00 PM  
Anonymous 060708 said...

I unfortunately never had the pleasure of meeting Commander Kupczyk. However, I have heard about him on many occasions and it was always how great of a boss and person he was. I feel it is safe to say that this world has suffered a great loss. My condolences to his family and friends.

1/21/2012 11:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Horrible loss for humanity and and the CPD.
Kup was a man who stood for all the was honorable and good about being a policeman. May God rest his soul and may his family find comfort!

1/21/2012 11:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Treated all the kids that worked for him like adults BUT never treated the adults that worked for him like a kid.

RIP SIR
:(

1/21/2012 11:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Cmdr. Kup

Fillmore Ranger

1/21/2012 11:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condolences to the family.

R.I.P

Always very cordial even if he didn't know you.

1/21/2012 11:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."

This is John's favorite quote.
Rest in Peace my friend.
AC

1/21/2012 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked for Kup in 008 and he was by far one of the most influential bosses I came across. Even after my time in 008 was over I could still call or email him for advice. I credit him for making me the police officer I am today. The last thing he said to me:

Always remember where you came from and never let tunnel vision trick you into not seeing the big picture.

Stay safe always.

Slow down, drive slow, search slow, and write a good report.

Be a professional, be proud of your career and this department.

Treat everyone with respect, even the thug you have in handcuffs.

Talk to these people, you will be amazed what they will tell you.

We lost a good boss but more importantly we lost great man. Heaven has a new angel. I'll miss you boss.

1/21/2012 11:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad day indeed.

A great loss for us all.

1/21/2012 11:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I first met him in 007 in 1984. He was on the Tac team. A very good worker. He was at every in-progress call. He was a great guy.

1/21/2012 11:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP BOSS YOU WOULD BE MISSED.

1/21/2012 11:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP GODSPEED "KUP" You were the very best! Watched you at the last funeral we had for a soldier killed in action,there you were out of your car stopping traffic to let us pass, a great loss to CPD! You were 1 of the last bosses who earned our respect very sad news! Guess God needed a great man to lead the CPD in heaven he has the bset now!

1/21/2012 11:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had Kup as a recruit, and later worked with him in tact. I was proud to see him become the person,cop and boss that he had become. His passing is a huge loss to his friends and family, and to the CPD. RIP Kup.

1/21/2012 11:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kup always ended his emails with this quote.

"The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."

We'll miss you boss.

1/21/2012 11:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Sgt. McNicholas said...

Of all the Bosses I have........

Commander Kupcyk RIP

Sgt. Patrick McNicholas 008th District (Retired)

1/22/2012 12:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the honor to first meet and know Kup when he was a Sgt. In 12. A class act. I hate to use the word Boss to describe him or address him. He was a LEADER. A true leader. He truely cared about the troops. If any boss could be a tenth of the leader he was we would be lucky. Damn glad to have known you. K. Kaner

1/22/2012 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked for Kup when he was a sgt.

Actually cared about p.o.'s, always did.

This one hurts

Rest peacefully. Well deserved. But too soon.

1/22/2012 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RestInPeace, Sir. He was genuinely a nice man and the best watch commander I had the honor to work for. A huge loss for CPD. This is truly sad. God Bless him.

D. Granado 8444

1/22/2012 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never heard at bad thing about Commander Kupczyk. Great boss and better person. RIP

1/22/2012 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was a great Sergeant in 012 and remained a stellar guy throughout his career. He was admired and loved. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to his immediate family and to his CPD family. Goodbye Boss.

1/22/2012 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous SRT said...

he treated everyone like a real person. no matter what rank.

1/22/2012 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not the best Cop I ever worked with, but as he rose through the ranks(some how?), I understand that he took care of the Working Police.
RIP Sir

1/22/2012 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimmy Carroll died too? Can none confirm that?

1/22/2012 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kup always had time for the little guy. I will miss him.

1/22/2012 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worked for him in 011. Greatest boss I ever worked for. With him gone goes all hope that we will ever have a supe from with in that will ever be worth anything. Good bye sir you will be missed.

1/22/2012 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

A TRUE Chicago Gentleman through and through and a BOSS who actually and genuinely cared about his people and his people cared deeply about him in return.

It's a Chicago Police Family thing... Outsiders & carpet-baggers can't even begin to understand.

A lot of you other gold stars need to humbly genuflect upon the tops of your shoes with your hats in hand because this was one example you SHOULD study...

We dread breaking the news to our elder subject matter experts... They thought very highly of Kup as well.

Go With God, John...

1/22/2012 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw him recently in 002/Area 1 on at least 5 occasions within the last month. He was going to be the next Deputy in A1. Said hello to him at the desk and he immediately looked at my name tag, shook my hand and smiled, remembered I had worked for him when he was assigned to 1st Watch in 009 back in the late 90's. He was a great boss back then. What sad news.

1/22/2012 12:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had our disagreement, but he got over it. He really want to go further; but now, he is in the best place he can be. RIP

1/22/2012 12:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condolences to the family and friends of a genuine police supervisor. I had the pleasure to serve with him when he was a sergeant. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace and God Bless.

1/22/2012 12:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only the good die young.

1/22/2012 01:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knew him years and years ago when he was with Oak Brook PD for a short time. He was a great guy......very sad news.
Godspeed, John........

1/22/2012 01:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have little time on the job. I'm glad I had the privilege to work with such a great boss who in my short time on the job took the time out to explain to the new guys what it truly is about to wear this uniform. RIP boss.

1/22/2012 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so sad. He was so young and happy. This is one man who truly was a wonderful boss and co-worker. He treated everyone with kindness and respect. He was the boss everyone wanted to get numbers for. He didn't bully anyone and he wasn't one of the bosses we all know who get some rank and forget where they come from. RIP Sir. This is truly a tragedy.

1/22/2012 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great man, RIP John!

1/22/2012 02:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He worked for me as a patrolman, and when I met him again as a commander he was the same. Modest, caring and a genuine kind of guy. When I addressed him by his rank, he told me "Please, don't do that sarge." He demanded I call him by his first name. A natural leader by example, anyone who knew him has suffered a major loss.

1/22/2012 02:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will be missed. The best boss ever. What a sad day.

1/22/2012 03:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Kup. You will be missed with great memories in 011. All the softball bosses scared to be the police should learn from your ways.

1/22/2012 03:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Commander!

1/22/2012 03:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had the pleasure of geting Johns ear for about ten minutes this past summer at a sox game and he listened as if I was HIS boss. What a great guy!!! Thanks John. You will be missed.

1/22/2012 03:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Kupczpk at the pumps 37/Iron the other day . The man walked around and said hello to Coppers from other Districts who were there for gas themselves. A real good guy to work for back in 011 when he was a Sargent. He never let the boss title lift him above the P.O.'s in any spot he had. The last of a breed....

1/22/2012 03:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Sir, you were a class act and will be missed. My condolences to your family, you are gone from this life way too early.

1/22/2012 03:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P Sir.

1/22/2012 04:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am just seeing this and my heart is broken! John you were a true leader who's presence sparked motivation. I am deeply saddened.

1/22/2012 04:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P sir...you will be missed.

1/22/2012 04:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked for him one night in 011on 1st Watch as a fill in sergeant.

WHAT A GREAT GUY, and a great boss.
It was the day of the St. Jude's Parade.
He paid for breakfast for everyone.
I could tell that morale was very high on his watch.
This is what A REAL CAPTAIN is supposed to be.

God Bless you BOSS.

1/22/2012 05:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kup and I worked tac together when he was a patrolman, different teams but I worked with him a couple times when we were short. Cant say anything that everybody else hasent said. A true gentleman. Ill see you again someday kupenhiemer.

1/22/2012 05:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Kup. I wish this department had more bosses like you! You will be missed! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

1/22/2012 05:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn shame. RIP.

1/22/2012 05:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was my Lt. For a short time and he was a great boss. Years later I was having dinner with my wife and he stopped by the table and called me by my name and introduced himself to my wife. He never used his title in the introduction. Made me very special . I didn't even know he would remember me . Rip

1/22/2012 06:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

011th District first watch was always a great watch to be on with Captain Dahlberg running it through the late 90's through 2004. After his departure, thing changed dramaticaly......for the worst.Kup came and an brought it back where it needed to be...coppers helping out other coppers...everbody staying safe.
A true leader has left us.
RIP...former Filmore Ranger.

1/22/2012 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

every officer that either worked for him....or met him will tell you the same ..."a prince among men.."

and like a previous post said....thats saying it lightly....

it was an honor boss ...to have worked for you when it and where it was needed the most ...the "west end"...
and you stood by us and had our backs....when we needed it the most....thank you and GOD bless you....

j.c.r 025 dist 1st

1/22/2012 07:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A GOOD GUY.

1/22/2012 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great guy.. prayers are with the family

1/22/2012 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the Day, Kup worked Tact in 007 with us..Good Grounding that kept him in touch with the Working Police. He was already a Great person to be around, being around working coppers just put a fine touch on an already very decent lovable person. Rest In Peace Kup...You touched many lives in a positive way. Honored that you were...One Of Us....

1/22/2012 07:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear about Kup, we were Captains in 011 together and I still remember the morning he was made Commander. He was more than a gentleman he was a King. He looked out for ayone and everyone he came in contact with. Any time we saw each other the last time about 2 weeks ago he talked about retirement. I for one will miss him, the Department will not be able to replace him. RIP John. Your Friend
Captain Richard J Aguinaga

1/22/2012 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Kup. I owe you one.

1/22/2012 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I worked for John and I was someone he did not like. He had an opportunity or two to "stick-it" to me and he never did, and as we all know most bosses will stick-it straight up if they get a chance, but Kup didn't..he just let it go.
I saw him years later at a police funeral and I said hello commander and he insisted I call him John.
More importantly, I remember he was out there in his refer in the freezing cold just like the patrolman, not sitting in his warm car like we know all the other bosses would have been. John was outside freezing his butt off I'm sure. As much as we didn't see eye-to-eye you had to respect the man. John loved the police and loved being the police..period.... Rest In Peace John

1/22/2012 08:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Commander. God Speed to you.
May you restin peace.

1/22/2012 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to Kup's family.In the present day and age of this job it seems the majority of the exempt ranks are either police impersonaters ,who have never done any sort of real police work, or are trying to screw over someone to get to their next spot or keep their present one. Kup was always a prince ,who not only did real police work ,but also allowed the rank and file of this job to be the police and backed them when needed. Kup you will be missed.

1/22/2012 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are Cops made of?

A police officer is a composite of what all men are, a mingling of saint and sinner, dust and deity.

Culled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonestly and brutality because they are "news." What that really means is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace.

Buried under the froth is the fact: Less than one-half of 1 percent of officers misfit that uniform.

That's a better average than you'd find among clergymen.

What is a officer made of? He, of all men, is at once the most needed and the most unwanted.

He's a strangely nameless creature who is "sir" to his face and "pig" behind his back.

He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.

But.....

If the policeman is neat, he's conceited; if he's careless, he's a bum.

If he's pleasant, he's a flirt; if he's not, he's a grouch.

He must make in an instant decisions which would require months for a lawyer.

But.....

If he hurries, he's careless; if he's deliberate, he's lazy.

He must be first to an accident and infallible with a diagnosis.

He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, about all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp.

Or expect to be sued.

The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn't hurt.

He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being "brutal."

If you hit him, he's a coward, if he hits you, he's a bully.

A police officer must know everything -- and not tell.

He must know where all the sin is -- and not partake.

The policeman must, from a single human hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal -- and tell you where the criminal is hiding.

But.....

If he catches the criminal, he's lucky; if he doesn't, he's a dunce.

If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn't, he's a dullard.

The policeman must chase bum leads to a dead end, stake out 10 nights to tag one witness who saw it happen -- but refuses to remember.

He runs files and writes reports until his eyes ache to build a case against some felon who'll get dealed out by a shameless shamus or an "honorable" who isn't.

The police officer must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy, and a gentleman.

And of course he'll have to be a genius...

For he'll have to do it on a policeman's salary.

Good Bye Kup ... you one of the best of us ...

1/22/2012 08:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did not know this man. It's good to read about a decent human being.

1/22/2012 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never worked for him but I used to work in 008 and everyone there said he wa a great guy. Never heard a bad word about him, very rare for a boss on CPD

1/22/2012 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I came on the job in 1985, I lived next door to John's in-laws and got to know him off the job and on the job. A great guy with a great family. RIP John.

1/22/2012 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..."and the good they die young."

His legacy will live forever, may his soul now rest in peace.

1/22/2012 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was fortunate to having dealt with Kup several times throughout my career. Always approachable, always tried to focus on the positive. RIP Boss and condolences to all the Kupczyk family.

1/22/2012 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only the good die young. i'm sorry for his family.

1/22/2012 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I first met this man when I worked midnights in 011. He came there as a Sergeant and was a breath of fresh air. Every time I seen him after that he always took the time to say hello and ask how you were doing. He was a great people person, and he was the kind of individual who could really change the moral of this department. You will truly be missed !

1/22/2012 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P Boss, you were a stand up guy and seemed like everytime I seen you there was a smile on your face. I never had the pleasure to work for you but we were at many meetings or events and you always were genuine. Your character will be missed

1/22/2012 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Writing this with tears in my eyes. I live in Texas now, been here for awhile. I do what I can to stay aware of what's going on in the CPD. Worked with Kup in 007 tact. A good man. The decent comments i've read express the man as i knew him. Have photos with him from the old days. Love you John. RIP, Bernie T.

1/22/2012 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words can not express my sorrow. You were a great man and a wonder friend. You always had time for us and you were so respected by the men under your command. I will miss you my friend.

1/22/2012 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most bosses on this job now a days talk down to you or talk to you or treat you like a child, not Kup. He was professional, funny at times and always showed that extra love towards the workers. You will be missed :-(

1/22/2012 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband worked for Kup and I always felt relieved to know that someone WITHIN the department had his back when he goes to work each night. WOW. What a loss for so many reasons. Life just isn't fair ... Tell the ones you love how much you love them before it's too late. I wish I would've taken the time to tell Kup "Thank you"

1/22/2012 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kup always gave good advice because he took the time to listen.
I dont even work in 008 but he would still take the time to return my calls and make sure everything was OK.
All Exempts should take the time and model their leadership style around Kup's.
Yes he will be missed because he is one that is irreplaceable....
Thanks Kup,

Old 009th District 1st Watch guy from the 90's

1/22/2012 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also died:

20 Jan 2012
Retired Det. John Segers
A/1 VC Midnights

RIP 2 Johns

1/22/2012 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP

1/22/2012 10:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This commander was a pure gentleman and a prince. I've never had the honor to work for him but his reputation as a class act always proceeded him. Rest in peace and GOD bless.

1/22/2012 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WAIT FOR ME KUP. SOME DAY WE WILL GET THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. AN 80'S ENGLEWOOD RANGER AND A NEIGHBOR

1/22/2012 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. KUP,
Kup was a great guy PERIOD. He waqs just plain KUP. Never a stuffed shirt. Treated us all like friends! Never a time he didn't stop to say Hi, or ask about you personally, not just work BS. A TRUE BOSS, but a modest man! The Department, amd in particular the troops of the 008th District have lost THE BEST! Rest in peace MY FRIEND, until we meet again!

Your "soldiers"

1/22/2012 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a huge loss for the CPD as well as his family. I had the pleasure of meeting Commander Kupczyk on several occasions and he always struck me as a true leader who commanded respect by his actions not like most if the current CPD brass who demand respect from the troops without earning it.

My condolences go out to his family and to the CPD as a whole. And to his brother Dave, stay strong my friend you now have an Angel in Heaven looking after you and your family.

Godspeed my dear brother in blue.

Area 4 HGS

1/22/2012 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another 008 dist cammander, Jim Caroll passed away yesterday.

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No he did not. And this seems to get posted every few weeks. Will whomever is posting it, please stop? Even if you don't like the guy, it's a shit thing to do. And if the poster is just passing along something that they heard, verify before posting. The man has family for fuck sake.

RIP Kup, you will be missed. God bless his soul.

1/22/2012 10:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had the pleasure of working for him when I was sent to 008 on a regular basis last summer for furlo relief. What a great person to work for who actually listened to what you had to say and made you feel welcome. He will be greatly missed, huge loss for 008. Prayers to his family and the 8th District.

1/22/2012 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trained in 008th District as a PPO under Kupczyk in 2010. The words spoken of him were very true. During my short time on the job when a Boss at that level is political and a Boss is considered a politician; Commander Kupczyk, to me, never forgot where he came from (Patrol) and what the beat officer had to endure on a day to day basis. He was one of the rare few who could balance that fine line of enforcing the standard and policy delegation while he took care of the PO's needs both personal and professional.
It was a pleasure working for you and see you at the crossroads "Boss" with Wortham, Haymaker, Soderberg, Bailey and Lewis......You will never be forgotten!!!!!

1/22/2012 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P., Kup. We'll tip one at "the club" in your honor today.
The C.P.D. lost one of its last TRUE leaders!

1/22/2012 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Teechur said...

Godspeed to a good man...we never know the good we do in this life, but every one of us can make a difference...for better or worse. Here was a man whose life can be an inspiration to all of us who want to leave this world a better place, regardless of age.

1/22/2012 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's truly disgusting is XO "Bubblehead" is already running his mouth on how he "deserves" to be the next D.C. of 008. You need to know when to keep your mouth shut, "boss". What a total piece of shit, talking like this and the man's not dead a day. File this one under "Unfuckingreal!!!!", SCC.

1/22/2012 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love u Kup.

1/22/2012 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kups daughter went to grammar school with mine. She was a top of the class, gifted, polite child. His wife is very nice. Great family man. So sad.

1/22/2012 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Sir. I too never had the chance to work for him. But I have a good friend & a neighbor who both work tac in 8 and neither of them have EVER said anything bad about the guy. And knowing these 2 guys he's probably the only boss that they have never talked bad about.

My thoughts and prayers to his family & friends along with all the men & women that work under him.

1/22/2012 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Commander Kupczyk, known him for years. NEVER once an ill word spoken about the man. Can't say that about other people on this job. His style of leadership should be a model for all others to follow!!!!! Never one to ask of others what he hasn't done or wouldn't do himself. The loss for the 008th District, the Department and all of Chicago as well as all that knew and loved the man is immeasurable.

FH A/1/GED

1/22/2012 01:01:00 PM  
Anonymous A sad heart said...

Funny, I hear all these great things about Kup and it reminds me of what a great guy he really was. I wish he was standing with me grabbing another beer like we did over the summer and damnit I bought- he owed me one. I’d buy him a hundred more to have him back. We talked that day and I told him how well respected he really was, and with that typical Kup smile through the mustache he says yea thanks and then looked for someone’s hand to shake. I read this morning some of the comments the person in charge of the Department had to say about Kup, and sadly it was just a snippet about his excellent leadership and professionalism. Further in the article comments earlier were all about Kup’s “embracing Compstat” Ha! Not in a million years!, and all about his remarkable numbers and stats. Sad little man doesn’t understand that Kup’s numbers and stats were solely the result of his skill and flair of being a great boss in addition to a great guy. Guys wanted to work for him, guys wanted to make him look good, do well and help him achieve whatever it was that he needed to succeed. Look around- see that in any other District? 011 and 012 definitely, but there is such a great deal more that other bosses can still learn from Kup. Kup, I raise a glass to you, you were destined for so much more, and so many of us looked forward to your success. We know you will still lead, just from a different office. Lead the other bosses to do it your way. Help right our ship and work from there to make the CPD what it once was… like we said that day; OUR CPD. Rest in peace my brother. Until we meet again. You can get the next one pal.

1/22/2012 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Sir....Have heard nothing but great things about you...wish I could have worked for you. Prayers to his family, friends & his 008 family.

1/22/2012 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John was a great guy, worked with him in Englewood, he left to go to ATF,but came back to the CPD. He worked hard and was promoted, but he never forgot how it was to be the working police and became a great leader of men and women. Words cannot express, how sad it is to see him go. Hopefully those who knew him will keep him in their hearts.

1/22/2012 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My last image of of commander kupczyk was standing behind him in line while he purchased hundreds of dollars in raffle tickets at the police/fire boxing charity event. What a great balanced human being! You will be missed and forever in our thoughts and prayers!

1/22/2012 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kup was a special guy. May he rest in peace. May God bless his family at home, and his family in blue.

1/22/2012 02:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first day out of the academy I reported to 011, knocked on the w/c 's door to introduce myself. Kupczyk greeted me, shook my hand and welcomed me to the watch. Made me feel like a P.O. rather than a recruit just turned P.P.O.

Kupczyk was a great guy who will be missed dearly.

Time to patrol heavens beat sir.

1/22/2012 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is for John's family who may be reading this. Your dad was an adored boss. I had the pleasure of working for him when he was the midnight captain in 011. He will be sorely missed. This is a lesser department for having lost him. God bless you John.

1/22/2012 02:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Bob & Carol Gordon said...

He was a good friend to our family after our son Michael died and he didn't forget.

Our sympathy to his family.

1/22/2012 02:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP KUP, God Bless you and your family.

You did you job well.

Your people will take the lessons learned from you and pass them on to those who follow.

1/22/2012 02:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

never met the man, but.....it speaks volumes that, so many folks offer positive comments....what does that say about McGruff, and all of the rest? never mind.....it already has been said, either directly, or indirectly......

1/22/2012 02:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P Kup. Definitely the most professional and approachable boss I ever met. He was definitely a Boss you didn't ever question doing anything for, a true leader. No matter what he asked of you, you went out and did your job knowing well that he was going to have your back.


011 district.

1/22/2012 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was an honor and a privilege to work for you sir. You were always there for me. When I needed advice you were the first person I talked to because I knew you had the right answer. You taught me to take pride in this department and to be a good police officer. You were my friend, my confidant, and my mentor. I'm a better police officer, a better husband, and more importantly a better man because of you. Thank you for everything you've done for me. I promise to keep making you proud.

Rest in peace.

Deck

1/22/2012 03:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 7 years that TRU was operational there was only ONE commander that ever came to the unit to say thanks for all the hard work. That was Kup. I'll never forget that. That little gesture made you want to work harder for him because you knew he appreciated it.
Godspeed Kup

- former 253

1/22/2012 03:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great boss, great policeman, great guy.

1/22/2012 03:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am blessed to say I worked for two of huge best bosses on Cpd Kup and Malloy. Rip Kup you were a true prince

1/22/2012 03:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish I could have worked my entire career for Kup he was the best! He is the man I only wish I could be. Perfect roll model and an outstanding gentlmen! Kup may you rest in peace and watch over all of us. Hopefully one day boss will meet again, thank you for making me a better Policeman!

Former 008 1st watch

1/22/2012 03:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worked in 012 when Kup was a Tact Sergeant. What a true gentleman!!! Treated his guys with respect and befriended all those around him. As he got promoted he never forgot where he came from. He kept his sincerity and smile. Its hard to find a Commander or anyone in the upper echelon of the Department that no matter of your rank, spoke nicely to you. Kup was that guy.
You will be truly missed. R.I.P.
Old 012 Tact guy

1/22/2012 03:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sir!! Were the gentleman of all gentlemens! Rip

1/22/2012 03:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to work at the training academy, only met the man once, but this man actually took the time to write a letter to ADS Lodding and the staff at the training academy, thanking them for the work we had put in on training the recruits that went to his district... was in shock, because our own leaders rarely took the time to do so...

1/22/2012 04:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart aches! Kup was the greatest gift to this Department. He made everyone who crossed his path feel valued; he also made you want to be better. Kup was the leader we should all strive to emulate; his spirit will forever be present.

1/22/2012 04:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP KUP.

1/22/2012 04:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Boss Ever. RIP SIR.

1/22/2012 04:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable.. RIP COMMANDER.

1/22/2012 04:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for everything, Commander Kupczyk... RIP J. KUPCZYK

1/22/2012 04:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To my BOSS, FRIEND, AND FELLOW POLICEMAN, Rest In Peace, and Condolences to your love ONES. Your friend in BLUE.

1/22/2012 04:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP JOHN.

1/22/2012 04:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT MAN, LEFT TO EARLY... RIP JOHN.....

1/22/2012 04:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY AND RIP JOHN KUPCZYK...

1/22/2012 04:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been thinking about him all day. What a great guy. What a shame. This is such a huge loss.

1/22/2012 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT GREAT LOSS FOR THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT.

1/22/2012 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Kup. It is a shame that McCarthy has the audacity to mention compstat and commander Kup in the same statement. Mr. McCarthy, you have no shame.

1/22/2012 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP J.K. 008 COMMANDER.

1/22/2012 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will be the only BOSS that u never felt was a boss. My heart goes out to his family. I know our family will never be the same. Cheers Captain!

1/22/2012 05:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not the best Cop I ever worked with, but as he rose through the ranks(some how?), I understand that he took care of the Working Police.
RIP Sir

I'm sorry, but if you have nothing good to say, have a little respect and keep it to yourself. It's obvious that your personal feelings are in the minority and this really isn't the time or place. Only a small handful of bosses left on this job that would get this type of overwhelmingly positive feedback, so please, leave it at your R.I.P. comment and go away...

1/22/2012 05:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godspeed Kup!
Speachless......

1/22/2012 05:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers to Your Family. .......

1/22/2012 05:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in AWE with all the heart felt posts about this GOOD MAN.

I havee not seen so many people who respected a good and gtreat boss in years.

I hope our bosses reflect upon this good man, and learned how he loved the CPD and cared about it's people. Kup was a true leader of men.

RIP sir.

1/22/2012 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Met John when I came on in Englewood in the 80's. Good copper that wouldn't hesitate to help out or give an answer when asked by a new kid. Whenever I ran into John over the years, it was like running into one of your best buddies. Saw John on a job on the street not that long ago.

A true copper from start to finish. A true loss to this Dept.and everyone that knew him.

RIP, John. I know you're up there looking out for the guys on the street.

Z A/1

1/22/2012 06:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read Captain Richie Aguinaga comment. Rich is another KUP who loves the job and its people. Rich never got a gold star because of him being a people person.
Know Rich for over 30 years, alsways a gent anywhere he was working. He and KUP were loved in 011.
God bless both of these true leaders.

1/22/2012 06:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is amazing. I can only hope that when my time comes I get the type of respect this gentleman has received. Wow.

1/22/2012 06:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was an honor and a privilege to work for you sir. You were always there for me. When I needed advice you were the first person I talked to because I knew you had the right answer. You taught me to take pride in this department and to be a good police officer. You were my friend, my confidant, and my mentor. I'm a better police officer, a better husband, and more importantly a better man because of you. Thank you for everything you've done for me. I promise to keep making you proud.

Rest in peace.

Deck


Deck,

That was a great tribute you expressed for Kup. Few bosses will touch you and make an impact on your life. Kup was one of those who obviously impacted your police and personal life. I know if his family is reading your tribute, they really appeciate it. And if I know Kup, he appreciated you as well. RIP Commander Kupczyk.

1/22/2012 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous C. Harrigan Unit 477 said...

I had the pleasure of meeting John and then working for him in 009 for a short time. We always remained friends since then. I saw him on many scenes in 008 no matter what time of night it was. I most recently saw him at a local pub and was glad I was able to share a few words with him and a hug. It's amazing how one person can make a difference in this job. He truly made my job a easier and at most times fun. I am truly going to miss him as a boss but mostly as a dear friend. The news was quite heartbreaking yesterday and after reading these posts it sure shows what an impact he had on many lives. May he rest in peace. Way to soon. He will be missed dearly!

1/22/2012 07:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sympathy to all who knew him. Very sad news.

1/22/2012 07:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. John...you were one of the few great bosses....you will be missed!!!

1/22/2012 08:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you're laughing now, with a BIG smile on your face!!!

1/22/2012 09:29:00 PM  
Blogger John Andrews said...

Like many here, I too, had the pleasure of working with John. He was a man with exceptional people skills and leadership qualities. A man of honor - a policeman's policeman. I learned so much and grew because of him.

While John is no longer with us, his spirit, his love for both the job and it's people remain. Never forget the man and his positive impact to so many. Kup can never be replaced, but his legacy can continue. Let each of us that were touched by our experiences with John honor his memory by being kind, compassionate and honorable to ourselves, each other, and those we serve.

I think Kup would have liked it that way.

Work safe!

John Andrews

1/22/2012 09:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never heard a bad thing about the guy and only GREAT things. Many bosses are jealous that they dont have it in their personality to even compare to his reputation. When you are a great leader their officers have respect and praise them upon their retirement or when they pass on. When they are power hungry and mean spirited, people remember that too. YOU either have it or you don't.
John did.
RIP.

1/22/2012 09:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a PO. However Ive worked with John since he came to the 8th Dist.. I will miss more than words can say. He made me feel like I was a friend like he reaaly cared about what I had to say. I know what a difference he made in my beat. Tears sting my eyes as I write this , he was my go to guy when I needed help with anything, life will so different now. No one can fill his shoes. I am so sorry, may the men and women in 8 and also his family find some peace in knowing how much he was loved. I will never forget you. Thank you for all you've done.

1/22/2012 10:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another 008 dist cammander, Jim Caroll passed away yesterday.

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No he did not. And this seems to get posted every few weeks. Will whomever is posting it, please stop? Even if you don't like the guy, it's a shit thing to do. And if the poster is just passing along something that they heard, verify before posting. The man has family for fuck sake.

RIP Kup, you will be missed. God bless his soul.

1/22/2012 10:57:00 AM

Thank God. And thanks for taking the time to post this.

1/22/2012 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really wish I met this man.

1/22/2012 10:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

never worked for the man but got to know him from working in the same areas. What a great loss! Kup you were a great person inside and out. Always giving respect and never taking credit. A true Man and will be dearly missed. G_d Speed John. Our prayers to your family. I will cheerish the memories forever. RIP Kup!

1/22/2012 10:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, I'd ask you to watch over the other six of us from our High School graduating class . . but that's not like you Kup. You'll watch over all the people who worked with you and for you.

I will shed many tears for you and your great family John. You led us ALL by example. I just hope I can carry on the same way you were. Thanks for leaving me with your smile that I will remember you by.

God Bless You John. May God Bless You and hold you in His arms!

1/22/2012 11:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God rest his soul and please keep John and his family in your prayers. It is a terrible loss to everyone and far, far too soon.

I don't know if John was aware of any health issues or if this just came out of nowhere. If nothing else please take from this loss the realization that we all have to stay on top of our health and safety. please wear your seat belts, vests etc.. Stay alert to physical threats at all times. Be diligent about your coronary health. Stress kills. Even if you have no history or indicators of coronary trouble at the very least get in and get a CT Heart scan to check things out. If you do have issues, keep on top of them. Stay healthy, live long, collect your pensions. Don't forget that in addition to everything that is lost with your passing your surviving spouse only gets 1/2 of your pension. Loss of half the income we expected in retirement can have severe consequences. Especially if you have children, tuition etc.. I don't sell insurance but would advise anyone with children to secure a very large, term type policy for the sake of their spouses and kids.
T. Bialek

1/22/2012 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good night Kup..thanks for being there..LIFM

1/22/2012 11:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Boss. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

1/22/2012 11:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great guy, great boss. The model for how all bosses/police officers/men should be. Condolences to his family and to all those close to him. He will be missed more by his family, but will definitely be missed by all the people he helped, inspired, motivated, and stood by. Thank you boss.

-011

1/22/2012 11:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first day out of the academy I reported to 011, knocked on the w/c 's door to introduce myself. Kupczyk greeted me, shook my hand and welcomed me to the watch. Made me feel like a P.O. rather than a recruit just turned P.P.O.

Kupczyk was a great guy who will be missed dearly.

Time to patrol heavens beat sir.

************************


Nah, Kup wont be patroling on heavens beat.. I can picture him up there now. Hes got that glowing grin on his face... laughin with all the boys smoking on a nice fat cigar... Laid back relaxed. God, what a loss. Put all the stuff about how he was a great cop and great boss aside... WHAT A GREAT MAN. A guy who you could see out at a golf outing or out at a bar or social function. He would talk to you like a regular guy.. because thats what he was. liked to talk, laugh and crack jokes. He would sit outside and relax and smoke a cigar.. not a care or worry in the world.. He wouldnt bring all this compstat crap home with him or let it bother him outside the job.. he was a regular guy.. if dude got killed in 008 and kup showed up he would shrug his shoulders and say, oh well, what you gonna do.. then he would talk about other things not related to the job. just a laid back, personable guy. He loved his family.. loved his friends. loved going to his lake house and loved the men and woman who worked for him. all day i have been in grief over his loss. Its a terrible thing... and it couldnt have happened to a more wonderful man. The police department died a little more today.. the world lost a great person, and a family lost a fantastic father and husband. My sincere condolences to johns family.. Ive tried to convey what kind of man kup was but i know that it doesnt even come close to describing him.. so saddened.

1/22/2012 11:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope some of these exempts who relish looking down on the "blue shirts", will follow Kup's example. This man was truly loved and respected!

1/22/2012 11:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the best all around people.... You'll be missed by many.... Rest in peace Kup.

1/22/2012 11:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP, boss. Wish there were more like you and you will be missed.

1/23/2012 12:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worked for Kup in 011. All the comments say it all. Saw him again at Bud Biliken. He stood out there with the troops the entire time, constantly checking to make sure we were well taken care of. Only gold star that did that. He was truly one of the best old school bosses this department had left. I will pray for you and your family John.

1/23/2012 12:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know Cmdr Kupczyk but a friend worked for him in 008 and know first hand how much he was loved there. I've only seen him once and he made an impression on me.
A few months back at HQ for an awards ceremony this ASSHOLE administration led by this ASSHOLE Superintendant had just turned away at least 20 coppers and their familes for not being "in uniform" when the bosses walk in and Cmdr Kupczyk walks in and greets a PO in front of me as if they were long lost pals with a smile and an off color joke. I'm sure he was a prince of a man!!

1/23/2012 07:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When kup became commander of 008th dist, he took a few people with him that in my opinion still believed in the police department. some of those people moved on, some retired. kup was still growing strong. never one to complain, and it was only one time that i think i saw him angry in 011. a bunch of us lazied out on fall inspection and at roll call he let us know, to-froms from everyone. embarrasingly we each took our to-from to him and with a smile on his face he ripped it in front of us and only said "dont leave me alone out there any more". well boss, somehow your passing feels like this police department has left us alone out there because you were the last to stand with us, stand tall. i hope that others supervisors that read these comments take kup's challenge and try to be a better person, a better supervisor, a better man/woman. I DOUBT IT THOUGH..............

1/23/2012 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace

Former 640

1/23/2012 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in the 8th district, hate to admit it but I actually met this commander, (due to the fact I have a bad ass kid)he was a nice and fair guy my condolences go out to his family including his CPD Family...just know he is in a better place and everything happens for a reason....

1/23/2012 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace Kup. You were truly a great boss. The CPD brass should learn from the way you treated EVERYONE, not just the people who could help further your career, unlike most everyone else with a gold star. You treated everyone with respect and were respected in turn.

You will be greatly missed.

Bob Gliwa #20526 (Retired)

1/23/2012 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God's loving hands be upon the family. I hope somehow all the wonderful respect and love that was felt for this man will somehow ease the pain of those who loved him.

1/23/2012 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous All Props To Kup Da Cop said...

Kup you were always my hero,all the way till the end. Mcdrunk i can't believe did the right thing for the first and only time since he got here. Kup great big high five for you bro what a way to exit stage right.

1/23/2012 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

absolute tragedy. rip kup

1/23/2012 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPD's loss is heaven's gain. Rest in peace, John. You were one of the few who could have saved this department.

1/23/2012 01:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a working stiff living in 008.
I was complaining to the Aldercreature and Shortshanks abt all the narcotics activity in my area. CMDR Kupczyk called me not once but twice to discuss my complaints. He was personable and we both laughed abt our similar life experiences. I was truly in shock that he would even take the time. From all the post's, I can tell that he is highly thought of and will be sorely missed. My condolences are offered to his family, both biological and blue.

1/23/2012 02:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Former 011 Officer said...

If you've only read some of the comments about John, they certainly paint a warm and wondeful image of a well liked, respected, appreciated man. Sadly, he was the last of a dying-some may argue dead-breed. A man's man who shared his smile, life, advice, and time with anyone and everyone equally.

This post is the first of its kind. No bullshit, no bickering, no slams; just honest, heart felt memories of a great man. This is how one of ours should always be remembered.

John, thank you for making this department more enjoyable. Thank you for your selfless dedication to us. This department lost a valuable asset. I can only hope the bosses of now read this and learn from it. Leadership doesn't come from a reverand, a politician, clout or cronyism. it comes from within.

You will be missed...thank you.

1/23/2012 02:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P Boss. I never worked for Comm. Kup, but I've only heard great things about him.

1/23/2012 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funeral for Kup is as follows,wake at st rita. Shrine chapel from 1400 to 2100 on 26 jan, st jude at 1900 hrs, funeral mas is 27 jan at st rita church at 1000 hours, interment private. Don't know if its in the performance or in the line. Either way he deserves our presence

1/23/2012 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Boss. You were one of the best and will definitely never be replaced. Prayers for you and the family, what a great loss.

1/23/2012 05:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike Sullivan, retired CPD said...

Retired CPD (9th District), I was John's FTO when came to the CPD. It was great to know and work with him. As said in other comments, he was a cops cop. My deepest sympathy goes to his family.

Mike Sullivan, Retired CPD

1/23/2012 06:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never met the man, but I hear tell that he was a good man. This is a lesson to all! Please take care of yourself. Rest, eat well, exercise and do not stress over this job. Kup was too much into this job; Relax. Enjoy life, and for God sake, retire, if you can!

1/23/2012 06:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Donna Marquez-CPD Gold Star Family Member said...

Another hero has died and my tears can't stop tonight. If Commander Kupczyk's family could read this, this is what I would want them to know. During these last 10 years as a CPD Gold Star Family member, I have meant countless officers. Brave, courageous, loving, dedicated officers. Commander Kupczyk was one such officer. He had such a heart of love and compassion for our Gold Star Families. His sincere, humble, kind, friendly and gentle spirit will forever be remembered. This department has lost a great man. A great officer, a great leader. He respected everyone he came in contact with. He was always a phone call away for our families.(My heart is heavy and hurting tonight and I am so grateful that I could express my sorrow on this blog.) He cared so much for every district he worked with throughout his career. He truly cared for all the officers under his leadership. I am so honored to have met this amazing man. He truly cared for our families and we will never forget what a great Commander and friend he was. Matthew 25:21 says,"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness". May the God of All Comfort, continue to comfort and console Commander Kupczyk's family and police family. :(

1/24/2012 01:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Kup. U were a great man. I wish I would of been able to work for you. But I'm glad I have the memories of you that I do have over the past year or so. You were a man and a boss that we all wish we could aspire to be.

1/24/2012 02:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Sullivan, retired CPD said...
Retired CPD (9th District), I was John's FTO when came to the CPD. It was great to know and work with him. As said in other comments, he was a cops cop. My deepest sympathy goes to his family.

Mike Sullivan, Retired CPD

1/23/2012 06:25:00 PM

And so were you Mike. You did me a good turn years back and I still appreciate it. Thanks.

1/24/2012 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Detective Dave Kupczyk said...

I never worked with KUP or for KUP, but he was my best friend, my fishing partner, my goto guy, my brother. I loved him and miss him terribly. The family thanks you all for the kind words and wonderful comments. Your honoring him makes us all very proud of who he was and what he stood for. He left us far too soon. But he also left us a message; none of us are promised tomorrow. Live each day to the fullest as he did. Thank you my brothers.

1/24/2012 11:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He treated everyone with respect. He understood what it was like for a neighborhood resident to be displaced from Back Of The Yards in 1975, and he always gave you hope that you could make the 8th a better district if you got involved and worked for it. He had a visible presence in the neighborhood. No problem was too unimportant for him. He was never too busy to take your call. Walking home down 51st Street at night, you somehow felt like the district was a safer place to live in because John was in charge. I doubt that any other Commander will have the same impact on its residents that John has. Rest in peace, my dear friend. I am a better person for having known you.

1/25/2012 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Rell. said...

This one hurts BAD!....Great Cop, Great Leader, Great Man!! Sorely missed but never forgotten!!
-Thanks for being you Kup, God Bless Brother!!

1/25/2012 01:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every second, of every moment of every day, you will be missed.

1/26/2012 05:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've known John for many years. He was the Commanding LT for Vice many years ago when our paths crossed. John was always a stand up guy, RIP John. God bless you and your family.

1/26/2012 10:40:00 PM  

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