Thursday, March 29, 2012

Welcome Constable Marron

  • It happened in the Australian wilderness. A young police officer was bitten by a mosquito and became immobilized, a quadriplegic who also cannot speak.

    Now he has traveled from down under to Chicago. Here, police officer Ryan Marron hopes he can regain what was lost. [...].

    The Chicago Police Department’s Pipe and Drum Corps and members of the department’s Sergeants’ Association marched through O’Hare International Airport with a new arrival in America on Wednesday — disabled Perth, Australia, police officer Ryan Marron.

    He and his loved ones hope that his paralysis can somehow be cured at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
RIC has done some amazing work. A number of Officers have gone through their doors hoping to regain some semblance of normalcy following shootings and accidents. Sometimes the miracles happen. Hopefully Constable Marron can get something back that will grant him some relief from his debilitating condition.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless the CPD Pipe and Drum Corps as well as the rest of the CPD for what they are doing. And lets hope that Ryan Marron makes a full recovery.

3/29/2012 01:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, after Obamacare is fully instituted, this place will not exist.

3/29/2012 02:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless Constable Marron

3/29/2012 02:33:00 AM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

I do hope that the CPD extends every courtesy to Constable Ryan Marron and his devoted fiancee, Toni Misitano, during his visit to the world's foremost rehabilitation center. A "mozzie" bite in the Outback has all but destroyed this officer's life. The mosquito bite occurred during his assignment in the indigenous (aboriginal) hamlet of Balgo in Halls Creek shire, about 1,700 miles northeast of Perth, both in Western Australia (WA). WA is the largest state in Oz being the western third of the continent and about five times the area of Texas.

If you have ever visited Oz, you would probably understand my love for the people "Down Under". This particularly applies to the hospitality of the constabulary in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and even the Outback.

On my third visit to Oz on a six-week holiday, I spent a week in Perth, the most distant city on the planet from Chicago. The local police could not have done more to make my trip memorable. An off-duty lady constable served as my tour guide. She was so entertaining. One of my fondest memories was our picnic in a suburban cemetery overlooking the Indian Ocean. We brought a full cooler of Victoria Bitter (V-B), a great lager. Aside from our most stimulating conversation, I was utterly fascinated by a mob of more than a hundred kangaroos hopping around us. Aside from a zoo, you will not find 'roos in city centre. However, you need go no further than suburban cemeteries, golf courses and other green areas.

I just hope our guys can extend the same hospitality to this Aussie couple. The welcoming party at O'Hare was a great start. Let's all pray for Ryan's full recovery.

3/29/2012 03:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck and God Bless and a full recovery to Constable Marron.

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago does amazing things, sometimes miracles. We welcome Constable Marron to Chicago.

I have been courious that why under this new medical system we have, since the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is right here, was Densy Cole sent to Denver to recover.

If the best is here why go to Denver?

3/29/2012 05:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome Brother, speedy recovery.

3/29/2012 07:02:00 AM  
Blogger Majormarginal said...

Nice post North Star.

3/29/2012 07:55:00 AM  
Blogger Fire Ron Guenther said...

Best wishes to Constable Marron!

3/29/2012 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, after Obamacare is fully instituted, this place will not exist.

3/29/2012 02:27:00 AM

Can we please devote this post to ONLY uplift and encourage this officer? There will be other posts where you can voice your political rants.

3/29/2012 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Northside-
If one was to drop off some stuff at RIC for this po/fiance to remind them of home (ie food), what would you recommend?

3/29/2012 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, after Obamacare is fully instituted, this place will not exist.

3/29/2012 02:27:00 AM
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I'm not worried at all about this place still existing.

I give them a sizable gift every year in gratitude for what they did for someone I love. Many other people do the same and I'm sure many more people will, if ever the financials become dire.

Heck, for what they did for Joe Airhart, alone, we should all put donations to them at the top of our charitable gift list.

3/29/2012 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, the sound of those pipes makes my dog howl and bark.

3/29/2012 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BLESS YOU CONSTABLE MARRON, MAY GOD'S BLESSING BE UPON YOU FOR YOUR CURE.

3/29/2012 09:28:00 AM  
Blogger Henry Bowman said...

Get Well Brother......


You are in our prayers....


St Michael Protect him......

God Bless You...........

3/29/2012 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to the Pipes and Drums, from my understanding this was made possible by Bill Kushner. A former CPD LT. Thx Bill to you and your friends who put this together, to bad we dont have leaders like him currently in the CPD.

3/29/2012 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about getting us some information so we can assist them in whatever way possible? can someone find out if they are in need of anything?

3/29/2012 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

nature is scary

3/29/2012 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very touching video from airport. miracles do happen. praying for one

3/29/2012 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't Al Sharpton get stung by such a mosquito?

3/29/2012 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he coming to see Dan Ivankovich? That guy is a miracle worker.

3/29/2012 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best wishes to Constable RYAN MARRON

3/29/2012 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

USO Louie !

3/29/2012 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A mosquito? what kind was it? I sure want to avoid their path...ouch of a sting...

3/29/2012 01:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See, this proves that socialism medicine doesn't work. Under socialized medicine private companies and hospitals stop investing in medicine. Thus people from Australia, Canada, England, France, etc... are all coming here for their medical care because the medical care in their own socialized homeland is not very good.

3/29/2012 01:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My God, the mosquitoes down there must be something else.

Best wishes to Constable Marron, and a prayer for his recovery.

3/29/2012 01:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless You Constable Marron and welcome to the City of Chicago. You're in good hands with the fine men and women of the Chicago Police Department. They have hearts as big as the Outback!

I'll be praying that you make a miracle recovery.

3/29/2012 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you add the link to the story. I know there are alot of curious people. He was bitten by a mosquito that transmitted Murray Calley Encephilitis into Constable Marron.


http://www.ryanmarronfoundation.org/

3/29/2012 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wishing you a speedy rehab Constable Marron! Get well soon our "brother from down under!"

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/state-offers-police-officer-ryan-marron-400000-for-treatment-20120323-1vodh.html

3/29/2012 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on mate! Get well quickly, you can do it! Your brothers and sisters from CPD are rooting for you and praying for a speedy recovery ! We need you mate to show us around down under! Anything you need to get better, just let us know! God bless and our prayers are with you.

3/29/2012 06:13:00 PM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

8:35 AM

RE: Aussie Food

I have no idea. Australian and American meals are quite similar. I can tell you that my personal culinary experiences in Oz
rule out vegemite and the meat of kangaroos and crocodiles.

Great seafood, especially rock lobster tail and barramundi. Also excellent steaks and wines.

Those Foster's beer commercials are phony. It's brewed in Canada and rare in Australia. Victoria Bitter ("V-B") is by far the most popular beer. Sadly, it's not available in the USA.

In my travels, I rate locations by what I term "the asshole factor". In my estimation, Australia and New Zealand have the lowest asshole factor on Earth. Fun, personable, attractive, intelligent people.

How can you tell a Kiwi (NZ) from an Aussie? The laughing party mate with the lamp shade on his/her head at midnight is definitely the Aussie.

Suffice to say that if I couldn't live in the USA, I'd be in Oz in a heartbeat (after a 20 hour flight from LAX/SFO). A U.S. passport allows you to stay for up to six months.

Also remember, When it's winter in Chicago, it's summertime in Oz.

Europe is a joy. Bangkok is exotic. I choose Australia.

I believe that under Supt. McCarthy (he'd fit right in, LOL), 018 will look after Ryan and Toni. Toni is also the police. No worries, mate.

3/29/2012 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

theres a po who had to spend 3yrs in louisiana for minor offense who should have had a similar welcome. or how about a fund raiser. this man ,one of ours, was royally screwed. if you are comfortable with what happened to him, we have a serious problem.

3/29/2012 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live a fairly short walk from RIC - if the Constable and his girlfriend need anything, easy to pack a bag and head over for delivery.

--No Cop Here

3/29/2012 07:27:00 PM  
Anonymous +13 Hours in Perth, WA said...

Perth, Western Australia is literally on the other side of the planet and 13 hours ahead of Chicago. Right now, it's about 8:55 AM Friday morning in Perth.

3/29/2012 07:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone in the family need a place to stay? my family would be more than happy to take them in... SCC, let us (the police) know.

3/29/2012 08:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not Kushner........Sgt Bob Kirchner and others at Sergeants Union made this possible. Well done to all involved...

3/29/2012 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mosquitoes are nothing to be messed with.

A friend of mine was mowing his lawn when he was bitten by a mosquito. He ended up with west nile virus. He too was paralyzed and had to be placed in a nursing home for several months of rehab.

I dont pretend to know anything about mosquitoes and diseases that they spread; but I'll tell you that I am much more aware of them now and I have no issues with using all sorts of repellant in the summer.

Don't allow rain water to puddle up on your driveway or sidewalks. Take a broom or whatever and push the water away. The mosquitoes like to hang out by stagnant waters.

Like there isn't enough for the Police to watch out for, eh?

Be safe everyone, and God Bless the Constable and his bride!

3/29/2012 10:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contact the sgts association, I'm certain they have something planned to keep helping these folks. God Bless Ryan & Toni. (she is also the police)

3/29/2012 10:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Believe it or not they have genetically modified mosquitoes and they have been testing them on people. I wouldn't be surprised if it was one of those that bit him. I hope he gets back on track.

3/29/2012 11:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some years back I skied out west with California cops and police from New Zealand and Australia ( opposite seasons of the year). They were a great bunch of people and we had a great time. I am retired now, but I am glad that the active officers are helping out a fellow law enforcement officer in their time of need. With all of the bitching cops do, then they turn around and make everyone proud.

3/30/2012 04:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRfq7jz_9_o


making the CPD look good, in Australia.

3/30/2012 10:07:00 PM  
Anonymous TV Ch. 10: PERTH, WA said...

CLICK ON TV CHANNEL 10: PERTH, AUSTRALIA for coverage of Western Australia Constable Ryan Marron's arrival at O'Hare. He is accompanied by his fiancee Constable Toni Misitano and his brother, Jeremy.

3/31/2012 12:18:00 AM  

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