Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Police Memorial Week

As you should be aware, Police Memorial Week falls right in the middle of G8 and NATO conferences. With the cancellations of days off imminent and furloughs forbidden, not a single active Chicago Police officer will be in Washington DC this year for the Memorial. Chicago has always been well represented. In an effort to maintain some representation there, retired Sgt. Al Piantkowski is gathering fellow retirees to represent Chicago:

DC Memorial Information

Spread the word among the retirees or soon to be retired. Hopefully, the Chicago presence can be restored in 2013, supplemented by the retirees who cover our absence this year.

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38 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another disgrace, no CPD due to this bullshit,another "slap in the face to CPD!"

2/15/2012 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) Just a question, I put in for a Saturday off 19May during the summit,for my kids high school graduation,went through the chain was told it is on Tina Skahills desk and no answer yet! It was signed off all the way up the chain and no answer! I know it is during the protest the city says will be a "peaceful protest," and that girl Healy is shouting "Chicago will be open for business," so I can see no problems,except that there has been no response for over 3 weeks. Hey boss we have families and need to know,as plans need to be made, but then again as usual with the way morale is so high guess you don't care!

The old school bosses are gone God Bless them at least from Cline,Risley (RIP), Townsend (RIP), Maurer, They always understood "family first" what happened??

2/15/2012 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sgt. Al...best boss I ever had. Hope you're enjoying retirement.

2/15/2012 12:34:00 AM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

Check out the "honorary" Severin-Rizzato street signs that hang on the southwest corner of Larrabee and Division Sts. outside 018. But for a determined yet humble Al Piantkowski, they would not be there. Class act all the way!

God bless Sergeant Al as well as our fallen heroes.

2/15/2012 01:23:00 AM  
Anonymous 2nd Watch 018 said...

We miss you, Sarge.

2/15/2012 01:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to step up retired guys/gals. I think its a great idea, not only will it show a CPD presence but more impressively it would show that CPD active or retired is committed to honoring our own. Class act no doubt.

2/15/2012 03:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless the retirees. I have been 8 or 9 times. It's an expensive trip if you stay in D.C., but well worth it. You can be walking distance to everything if you pick your hotel right. I reccomend everybody to go at least one time in their career.

2/15/2012 03:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few Years back jfled stopped carrying both bands code 49 as we have represented the department at memorials during May ...so we burned our own time and went anyway no problem because we do what we do for the families. This year will mark the first time in the history of the bands we will not be able to attend DC or the Cleveland memorial for us (Emerald )in over 25 years. And for the reason up be because of this g8 BS doesn't sit well.

2/15/2012 04:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pray for the dead...

...fight like hell for the living.

2/15/2012 05:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>The old school bosses are gone God Bless them at least from Cline,Risley (RIP), Townsend (RIP), Maurer, They always understood "family first" what happened??

2/15/2012 12:20:00 AM<<<

There are still a few around that learned from them...

...and trying to teach what they learned.

2/15/2012 05:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never met a nicer man! Sgt Al P.. This Sgt. has more heart than todays 35Th street combined. Always a pleasure to bump into you Sir. Thank You for the coins.

From, the cop with a camera!

2/15/2012 07:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how retirees will carry the torch and represent CPD in Washington but I don't ever remember anything being done so retirees or disabled could march at St. Jude's.

2/15/2012 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are they staying in DC? How do i get in touch with them?

2/15/2012 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bieng retired,if I go,are we aloud to wear the uniform?

2/15/2012 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

‘Suspicious package’ reported near Soldier Field

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE


Updated: February 15, 2012 9:47AM


Emergency crews are responding to a report of a suspicious package near Soldier Field in the Museum campus.

Police Bomb and Arson crews were called to the area near McFetridge Drive between Museum Campus Drive and Lake Shore Drive about 8:20 a.m. on reports that a suspicious package was found near there, police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez said.

Fire Department crews are responding to the package, found somewhere near Soldier Field, Fire Media Affairs Officer Will Knight said. He had no further details on the item or how officials think it got there.

Crews remain at the scene as of about 9:30 a.m.

2/15/2012 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all of our protectors in blue. I thank you everyday in my prayers for doing the job you do. Save your pension plan, do your twenty and then get the F out. Stay safe and God bless.

2/15/2012 11:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will be no Honor Guard presence at the national memorial. Along with both bands this will be the first time in memory that CPD will be devoid of a an active duty presence. God Bless our retirees and those who step up to take our place. The families of our fallen will be very appreciative that you are there.

2/15/2012 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger The Ghost of Area 4 said...

While active members of the Chicago Police Department may not be in attendance this year in Washington DC our hearts, thoughts, and prayers will be with all of those who have fallen.

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

We are planning on bringing a large contingent from 015 to represent Officer Clifton Lewis. All are welcome. We can't make it to Washington, but we can make it to Springfield. Show your support....
Signed
015th District Officers

2/15/2012 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do I sign up ?? Because we are retired we can't be in uniform, so how do we represent the department ???

2/15/2012 01:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>put in for a Saturday off 19May during the summit,for my kids high school graduation>>
I put mine in back in October when I anticipated an issue. I put in two personal days and sent them through signed off through the commander. After that... not a word. Now no one knows where they are, I think they were sent... oh wait, when?

2/15/2012 02:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm knew it was Police Memorial Week and still he scheduled the G8 and Nato scummits. Not a single tax payer in Chicago that I've talked to wants this here and not single police officer either. Its all about Rahm. me me me me

2/15/2012 03:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To those interested in attending, click on this topic and then scroll down and read the ENTIRE site. It's 16 pages and it should answer all your questions and concerns.

2/15/2012 04:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about we wear the cpd memorial tshirts or make our own retired cpd tshirts to wear at the DC memorial?

2/15/2012 04:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bieng retired,if I go,are we aloud to wear the uniform?

2/15/2012 10:13:00 AM

Only if you wear it very quietly. Shhhh...

2/15/2012 04:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wear your uniform if you want to. What are they gonna do? Write you up???????

2/15/2012 06:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anybody hear any news of the memorial down in sprinfield and if were are still able to go???

2/15/2012 07:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
(OT) Just a question, I put in for a Saturday off 19May during the summit,for my kids high school graduation,went through the chain was told it is on Tina Skahills desk and no answer yet! It was signed off all the way up the chain and no answer! I know it is during the protest the city says will be a "peaceful protest," and that girl Healy is shouting "Chicago will be open for business," so I can see no problems,except that there has been no response for over 3 weeks. Hey boss we have families and need to know,as plans need to be made, but then again as usual with the way morale is so high guess you don't care!

The old school bosses are gone God Bless them at least from Cline,Risley (RIP), Townsend (RIP), Maurer, They always understood "family first" what happened??

2/15/2012 12:20:00 AM



Did you use your clout? Family first but you better have some juice. Don't ever fool yourself into thinking it will be fair.

2/15/2012 07:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any retired officer going to DC to represent us has my blessing to where their uniform, you earned the right.fuck anyone who says different.Also a big thanks to STG AL.

2/15/2012 08:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm knew it was Police Memorial Week and still he scheduled the G8 and Nato scummits. Not a single tax payer in Chicago that I've talked to wants this here and not single police officer either. Its all about Rahm. me me me me

2/15/2012 03:34:00 PM

Swan Lake schedule this G8 BS on that date on purpose? Come on now....
(crickets)

--No Cop Here

2/15/2012 08:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares about Cleveland?

2/15/2012 09:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares about Cleveland? Well let me enlightened you next to Washington its the second biggest police memorial in the states has been for over 25 years officers from every where including Canada attend and all officers EOW are remembered in the honor roll . One year ill never forget was 2002 standing next to the New York pipe and drum band

Now ask why? &
.who cares...Lead stick Emerald Society

2/16/2012 04:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sgt Al has made arraignments for those retires going to DC to purchase custom made polo type shirts through the CPD Memorial store for only $15.00. They have the police star with RETIRED on the front and a patch with the American & Chicago Flags on one sleeve. They look pretty nice. See you in DC.

2/16/2012 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gents, the question of retirees wearing the uniform came up in New York. A retiree wearing a uniform at things like the DC Memorial, St. Judes is considered normal and is accepted. We should do it here. There is a retired Policeman living down in Florida who did that very thing when he attended the services for a murdered Police Officer down there. I have a picture of him saluting as the procession went by. IIRC, he simply went to the FOP store and purchased a hat shield there.

2/16/2012 09:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think I would miss my kid's communion, graduation or wedding for this city? Forget about it...

2/16/2012 02:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The old school bosses are gone God Bless them at least from Cline,Risley (RIP), Townsend (RIP), Maurer, They always understood "family first" what happened??

2/15/2012 12:20:00 AM


Don't know about Cline or Risley, but Townsend and Maurer? You gotta be kidding me. Don't put Al in the same sentence as those two self important jag bags.

Al was the best supervisor I ever worked for.

2/16/2012 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem about the uniform is that some of us retired guys don't have them or they don't fit anymore. I like Sgt. Al's plan to have those attending to wear the DC Memorial shirts with the retired star.

2/16/2012 04:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, Please, the 'long running script' message is making site visits near-impossible.

2/17/2012 06:42:00 AM  

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