Sunday, February 26, 2012

On Duty Death

Twenty-five year vet passes of what appears to be a heart attack:
  • A Chicago Police officer suffered a heart attack and died while working in River West Saturday.

    Preston Ross Jr., 48, was in full uniform, working near the CTA Blue Line station at Grand and Milwaukee when he began having problems breathing and collapsed, authorities said.

    A Chicago Fire Department ambulance took the 25-year police veteran to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10 a.m., police spokesman [...] said. A police motorcade later escorted the officer’s body from Northwestern Memorial to the Stein Institute, where an autopsy will be performed.

Godspeed Officer Ross.

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61 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P

2/26/2012 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP OFC Ross. We got it from here.

2/26/2012 12:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry for your loss,
~CFD medic

2/26/2012 12:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worked with Ross in 005 as training officer!! R.I.P. Preston!
Terry Gibbons

2/26/2012 12:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Speed... and to your Family.

2/26/2012 01:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he died working his day off because that it the only way you can afford to live in this shit city---

2/26/2012 02:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Policing is a young man's job! That is why it is 20 and out in NYC and in most Western PD's.

It is absolutely insane that the CPD has 62yr old PO's working the streets. There will be deaths during the extended shifts and lack of rest during the G8 and NATO Summits.

RIP Officer!

2/26/2012 02:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will this officer's family receive full LOD benefits?

2/26/2012 02:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stress Kills!

2/26/2012 02:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers for the family and all who knew him.

2/26/2012 03:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So young, so sad, may you Rip my brother and my condolences to his family. Very important we all get our annual health exams, our jobs can be so hectic at times as well as at home. It could happen to any of us. Please all take care of yourselves.

2/26/2012 04:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace.

2/26/2012 05:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife's 48 year old aunt had a massive heart attack in her sleep two months ago. Decently healthy, non-smoker, no warning signs. I'm not a religious man so that "God has a plan" stuff only makes me angry, but I don't have any other explanation.

I hope his family is able to stay strong and move on. Such a devastating thing to have happen to such a young man. ALmost nothing to say to help them. so sad.

Know idea what his medical history was, but there is ABSOLUTELY NO excuse for every officer to get a yearly exam, including an EKG and blood work. Take advantage of those benefits while we still have them.

2/26/2012 05:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Kerry said...

Rest In Peace Preston !!!!!!!!!!!

2/26/2012 06:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best wishes to the family of Preston Ross.

2/26/2012 06:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will miss him in 022. Wonderful man, class act !!!!

2/26/2012 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Officer Preston Ross. May the Good Lord watch over your family during their time of loss.

2/26/2012 07:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tomorrow is promised to no one.

2/26/2012 07:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godspeed Officer Ross. May St. Michael take care of you in Heaven now. Please guys be safe out there. To you, your family and your family in Blue my prayers go out for you.

Stone Park PD.

2/26/2012 08:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Brother in blue. Because in the end, we are all brothers on this job.

2/26/2012 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP office! Thoughts and prayers for his family. May God welcome you with open arms Preston.

2/26/2012 08:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm wants to cut all our benefits and pay! This is the result of it!

Dying working days off to make ends meet rather than spending time with family!

This department and city really sucks!

R.I.P. Brother

2/26/2012 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Bolger said...

Worked with him once at special, super nice guy. Spoke very highly and was proud of his son, he had worked with when he was young in landscape business.Said was great quality time.Nice to have met you.God Bless you and family Ofc. Ross. Scott Bolger

2/26/2012 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if this offier had any previous conditions that led to his passing. RIP Brother. On a side note; Our health should be a number 1 priority, it not only affects us but our families as well. It is never to late to change bad habits and it sets a good example for our children.

2/26/2012 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace our brother as you remain in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

2/26/2012 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

533A? RIP.

2/26/2012 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP officer... Rahm just did a "less is more" cartwheel.

2/26/2012 09:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace my fellow officer! We will take it from here.

2/26/2012 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Brother prayers for you and your family! GODSPEED brother!!

2/26/2012 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Office!

Take care of yourselves, there is nothing in this city other then your family and friends that is worth dieing for.

2/26/2012 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Brother!

2/26/2012 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sc-health-0208-senior-health-cardiologist-20120208,0,686373.story

2/26/2012 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous ISP Sgt said...

Rest easy, Officer Ross- your family will be watched over by all of us.

Condolences to his family and CPD, we are here at your side.

2/26/2012 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP officer ROSS.
I recommend every officer to get a yearly blood exam. Some of the key numbers you should be concerned about it triglycerites and cholesterol. Triglycerites being number one. It should be under 150 if it isnt you have a increased risk of heart disease. Dont just overlook the cholesterol part.

2/26/2012 11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Came on the job with Preston. Great guy and the real police. R.I.P friend.

2/26/2012 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Duke said...

My deepest sympathies to my C.P.D. Brethren.
God Speed Officer Ross.
Duke

2/26/2012 12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Officer- many thanks for your service to our community. Somehow I never say it in time.

2/26/2012 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP fallen brother..You will be missed!

2/26/2012 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Policing is a young man's job!
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A 62 YO man is not unaware of his physical limitations. Perhaps he just preferred to take the risk over leaving a job he loved. In any case, it was his choice, freely made.

RIP.

2/26/2012 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very Sad, thoughts and prayers to the family in this time of extreme grief. Unfortunately the precursor to a terrible summer, 48 is the median age of those subjected to the Mayhem in May.

2/26/2012 02:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read the NBC report. I never knew him, but God bless him for all the mentoring he did with the neighborhood youth.

2/26/2012 03:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP brother.

2/26/2012 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Preston
022 (Ret)

2/26/2012 03:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P Preston. I remember us working the 05th dist lockup.

2/26/2012 04:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P Officer Ross, God Speed

2/26/2012 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest Well Brother it was an Honor to do Battle with You.. God Take my Brother in your Arms for he has served us Well

2/26/2012 05:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good guy, he'll be missed...

2/26/2012 08:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tragedy another family
Who's loved one didn't make it home. A said ending. My prayers go out to family and his coworkers.

2/26/2012 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the angels lead you into paradise. With Lazarus who once was poor may you have everlasting life. Rest in Peace, Officer Ross.

2/26/2012 09:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P Officer Ross. My sympathy and prayers go out to his family and thoughts go to the CPD.

A suburban brother...

2/26/2012 09:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Policing is a young man's job!
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A 62 YO man is not unaware of his physical limitations. Perhaps he just preferred to take the risk over leaving a job he loved. In any case, it was his choice, freely made.
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Save these comments for Another Time... so that we may Ignore You then.

Idiot!

2/26/2012 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

OT Not an on duty death But will be missed the same.

RIP Officer Timmo Shady from 023

2/26/2012 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very Sad, thoughts and prayers to the family in this time of extreme grief. Unfortunately the precursor to a terrible summer, 48 is the median age of those subjected to the Mayhem in May.

2/26/2012 02:02:00 PM

Please brothers and sisters go to the doctor, full blood workup,watch blood pressure,get a stress test with echo, get chest xray, get a colonoscopy, watch your diet,exercise, please! Want you to collect the well deserved pension check before rahm steals it all,along with the 50 cowards and the daley criminal machine!

2/26/2012 11:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry for the loss of a man so young. But really can you blame it on the city?
"That is the only way you can afford to live in this shit city".

I know the police have a tough job, but you know that going in, it's nice to have a job today that you don't have to worry about losing!!

There are a lot of people who live in the city and don't make the money that a police officer does, if you don't like the city, I say to you: Get the fuck out!!

I am tired of paying my hard earned money for taxes, fees, et cetera and not getting squat for it. Be thankful for what you have and do your job!!

2/27/2012 02:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Ron H. said...

I know the police have a tough job, but you know that going in, it's nice to have a job today that you don't have to worry about losing!!

There are a lot of people who live in the city and don't make the money that a police officer does, if you don't like the city, I say to you: Get the fuck out!!

I am tired of paying my hard earned money for taxes, fees, et cetera and not getting squat for it. Be thankful for what you have and do your job!!
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Oh!! A few years ago Assholes like you were throwing the money you made up in our faces! No way would you ever consider a job like ours for the amount of money we're paid.. Now things have tilted a bit in the other direction.. Now we're the assholes because of job security.. Well I might say the same thing to you.. and to quote a couple of your phrases, "But you know that going in" and along with that if your "Tired of paying your hard earned money for taxes, fees, et cetera and not getting squat for it, Get the fuck out!!

2/27/2012 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eternal rest grant unto him Oh Lord,
And may Perpetual Light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of the faithfully departed find Everlasting Life.
Amen.

2/27/2012 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone do CPR? I hope so. If not please learn how.

2/27/2012 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry for the loss of a man so young. But really can you blame it on the city?
"That is the only way you can afford to live in this shit city".

I know the police have a tough job, but you know that going in, it's nice to have a job today that you don't have to worry about losing!!

There are a lot of people who live in the city and don't make the money that a police officer does, if you don't like the city, I say to you: Get the fuck out!!

I am tired of paying my hard earned money for taxes, fees, et cetera and not getting squat for it. Be thankful for what you have and do your job!!

2/27/2012 02:27:00 AM

You talk like someone gave me the gift of a job. Thirty years ago, I left a higher paying job to take this one. I really believed in truth, justice and the American way and I wanted to 'help'.

Have you ever been locked in a dope house with a bunch of stoned gang members? No gun, no i.d., just a pair of jeans and a cute little tee shirt, and a twenty dollar bill in your back pocket. Looking for the nearest window to go through from a second floor apartment, in case it goes bad? Knowing you could be gang-raped before your backup ever knew there was a problem?

Have you ever dealt with a family, knowing one of them slammed a beautiful baby's head against the wall until her brain exploded? Be professional, be polite, be precise, because otherwise one of the liars standing in front of you will go free and be able to do it again. See that vile memory - and so much worse - in your mind for the rest of your life?

Have you ever run full-out, up six flights of project stairs, avoiding the slick urine puddles and ducking the cans and chunks of concrete block being thrown down the stairwell as you climb? Pitch dark, gun in your hand, not knowing what hell is around each bend?

No, I'm sure you haven't. But, yes, your garbage is still picked up and your streets do get plowed and your water does come out of the faucet. Your police still show up when you're offended the neighbor's dog is unleashed. Your firemen still rescue you from the food you left cooking as you fell asleep watching HBO. Your bridge engineers make sure you can get across the river to see the Marilyn installation. Your streetlights are still lit and the walk and don't walk signs still work. You still get service for those taxes and fees. At this point, I could say 'if you don't like the lack of services, get the f--- out', but I won't.

So, when I point out obvious failings of the department I work for, when I say this can be a godawful thankless job, you don't GET to tell me to "get the fuck out". WE don't opt for running away when the going gets tough; we get to fixing the problem. And you? You critique! And I'm betting that's about all you do.

2/27/2012 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officer Preston Ross Jr. was out there on that city street, watchfully patrolling, ready to provide help, even ready to risk his life, in case anyone needed him.

There is no higher calling than that in police work.

Rest in peace, Officer. The City needed such fine men as you.

We will miss you.

2/27/2012 09:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is absolutely insane that the CPD has 62yr old PO's working the streets. There will be deaths during the extended shifts and lack of rest during the G8 and NATO Summits."

--2/26/2012 02:07:00 AM

It's you again.

The man was 48, not 62.

Quit hacking on how many old people are going to collapse battling you Occupy 19-year-olds - "heart attacks, panic attacks, anxiety attacks."

For your own general safety and maintenance of your dentition in its present state, I'd advise you not to go anywhere near a police wake, a police bar, or a police web log. You don't belong.

I'd also advise you to stay safely in Oak Park or Medicine Hat or wherever you are and avoid G8/NATO entirely. The police may very well just stand back and watch as one of our 100-strong South Side girl gangs takes your Iphone and backpack and stuff, rips your pants off, and just sends you running off down Michigan Avenue as they howl insults and slap their thighs roaring with laughter.

Now get your ass off here and don't profane the memory or disturb the family or friends of a man whose shoes you were not fit to polish.

Apologies to all involved -- the boy and his little agenda needed to be shown the door.

2/27/2012 10:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preston's dad died while we were still in the accademy. We spoke often back then about how our dads were our heroes. Before we left the Academy he gave me his dad's gloves, he said he thought they would fit me better than him. I was honored. I am still honored. I still wear thoses gloves. Ross, you are my friend and I shall miss you.

2/28/2012 08:59:00 PM  

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