Sunday, April 01, 2012

Officer Pearson Says Thanks

From the comment section:
  • Dear SCC and readers. I am police officer Del Pearson. I'm a devout reader of this blog and as with anything on this job take the information i receive with skepticism but enjoy the humor.
    Id like to use this forum to thank each and every member of my police family for the incredible job of not only saving my life but also for the incredible and professional police work done on the street the night i was shot.
    We've all formed opinions about coworkers and bosses on this job but its times like this that you genuinely learn the heart of people. I certainly have. To all the incredible cops in 004 i cannot and will never be able to express the gratitude i feel towards all of you. To all the units citywide that rushed to the call of me being down, you all showed that we dont need a world stage like NATO to show the world we are the greatest police department on the planet
    To the medical staff at both hospitals, you saved my life, thank you from my still intact soul. I especially like to say a personal thanks to the security guard at trinity who locked eyes with me as a i walked to the stretcher. The last vision i would have as i entered unconsciousness. Dr. Lee and the trauma team at Christ. I thank god everyday for the skill hes given all of you! Its fucking unbelievable that just a week ago i was at deaths door and now im home with no reason why i cant return to normal after rehab. Its amazing. I remember fighting to stay awake in the back seat as we raced to the hospital. I kept thinking that if "Dude" can get shot 29 times and walk away, so could I.
    SCC, i especially want everyone to know about the new friends ive made at 35th st. Readers, you can say what you want. Superintendent McCarthy is a real guy. Al Wysinger and Nick Roti as well! These three have been unbelievable to me and my family. I cannot say enough of how cool its been to get to know these guys as friends. I realize coppers will say they infused me with some coolaid while i was under, body snatched me, but its not like that. The Super is my friend. Im proud to say it! Not as a boss or because he had to be there, because he would sit and we talked bout stupid shit we've done out there and lived to laugh about it. Yes the story about my new star number is true.
    Like i said SCC, we all form opinions about people on this job based on things we've heard. I just want some coppers to hear my opinion on Gary McCarthy the man, my boss and now my friend.
    Thanks for the space SCC. I know its kinda long and im sure ive left some people out. I wanted to say something to everyone but im not an in front of the cameras type guy so i decided this was a good place for it, after all, nobody reads this insignificant little spot anyway
    Thank you, everyone!
    P.O. Del Pearson#16462/6254
Best wishes for a speedy and complication free recovery to Officer Pearson from everyone here.

And while we and others may have differing opinions on the superintendent, we'd ask you respect Del's comments as he's the guy with the bullet wound through his body.

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107 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godspeed Officer!

4/01/2012 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del, it is great that you are recovering at a remarkable rate and that you may return to us in 004 one day. I would advise you to take your time and return only if you feel the call to do so. You are missed, but you and your family come way before these streets.

I respect the comments you made regarding McCarthy. I am sure McCarthy is a great person when it comes to having a sit down conversation with the guy. Most coppers do not get the opportunity to do so, or feel as if they could not be as open as they want to for fear of retribution. The move he made for your dads star was honorable. I would hope any leader of a department that has a member shot would be as gracious and dedicated as he has appeared to be.

With all that being said, our problems with our leader are not on the personal level but on the professional level. His ability to stick his foot in his mouth at St. Sabina and with the officer shooting case come to mind. His implimentation and subsequent ineffectiveness with CompStat are also reason to point fingers at his leadership of this department. He is too much the politician, and not enough policeman for the P.O. to get behind. His policies with department could be the reason the city is less safe. I do not believe, as a cop and tax paying citizen of Chicago, that he is doing a good job. I not only have myself to worry about but my family as well.

And Del, he is supposed to spend that time with you. That is his job. Anything less and we would chastise him.

Either way, please heal up. You are a living hero and so are those that helped you. We look forward to you visiting us when you are well enough in 004. God bless.

4/01/2012 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you, sir. If half the sh-t I heard about what happened to you is true, I wish you many friends.

I for one WANT the Supe and the Mayor to be "our friends"! i want EVERY citizen of Chicago to be "our friends"! This fighting helps only the enemy.

If what they say sunlight is a good disinfectant, then The Blog is like a Coronal Mass Ejection. The slimy will never like it. It is NOW time for ALL of Chicago to band together to fight back against the rott that has taken hold of OUR City.

I hope your "friends" can stand in the sunlight with us.

4/01/2012 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you're doing well office

Rest and recover, but please don't hurry back to work, though you probably will knowing your character

godspeed

4/01/2012 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God for all those that we're there for you and your family.
My only retort is you shouldn't have to be knocking on heavens door to be treated with respect by those who are our "leaders"

4/01/2012 12:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow....tears welled up in my eyes as I read Ofc. Pearson heart felt letter.

God Bless You Ofc. Pearson!!

I will definitely keep your words in my thoughts!

Thank you for your service and sacrifice!

From a very grateful citizen and CPD wife.

4/01/2012 12:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a class act! Get well soon (but take the summer off!).

4/01/2012 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice.good luck from a citizen.

4/01/2012 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You walked to the stretcher? Amazing, a true fighter. God bless you and your family.

A CPD wife

4/01/2012 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officer Pearson, Glad you're on the mend. When one of us is injured, you know it's lights and sirens. Thank God you had co-workers that made the right decisions. You're right, 35th st will do anything and everything when an officer is iod, and you were more than injured. It's as it should be. May you get back to work, when you're good and ready.

4/01/2012 01:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to hear you are doing better. Keep up the good work offic

4/01/2012 01:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the references to the "Super" in Del's letter:

Mom always said "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all".

Glad you pulled thru, Del. Take your time getting back to this shithole job.

4/01/2012 01:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del!

Would love to visit when you are feeling up to visitors. Let your ”blue” family know, would ya?

4/01/2012 01:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God was with you when you really needed him, little teary eyed. Bless you , and your family, and your friend. Like that old saying , a friend on need, a friend in deed.

4/01/2012 01:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Officer Pearson. You are a true hero in this city.

4/01/2012 01:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you. Get well soon.

4/01/2012 01:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you sir and may you have a speedy and complete recovery

Bt 1046

4/01/2012 03:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a genuine class act u r officer Del! You should be first on the list of meritorious sergeant! You are an incredible leader and roll model for all of us! God bless u!

4/01/2012 03:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dell, get better my friend - we stand ready by your side IF you need us. Focus on family & your loved ones - this job will still be here when u r ready...I knew YOU would make it bc of the person you are, you faced this ordeal like you've faced obstacles your entire life...head on & you won! Get well & we miss & pray for you my brother.
406 Team

4/01/2012 05:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said Del. I wish you a speedy recovery. Although I have never met you, I want to hear you are back on your feet and back doing the job you love.

Thank you for being one of the good guys.

4/01/2012 06:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Kris said...

Nice post Del. Must feel good to leave your name this time. Let the guys know when your ready to have a few cocktails.

4/01/2012 06:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del
I was in AZ when I got the phone call. I was in shock and worried especially when I got another call telling me of your enormous blood loss. I kept up with your status on facebook and was relieved that you were doing so well. You are in my thoughts. A speedy recovery to you but not too speedy. Enjoy the summer. Retired Sgt Karen Brozynski

4/01/2012 07:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see how he feels.

4/01/2012 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We as a department could learn a lot from Ofc Pearson. To form opinions on people you know nothing about except what u see or hear in the media or through rumors is flat out dumb. Get well officer and today you once again made me proud to be CPD. Unfortunately it's always a terrible act that makes us see this. I hope that someday every man and woman in blue can feel proud to wear our uniform. God bless

4/01/2012 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless that you are doing well.
To a speedy recovery and a safe return to the job we all seem to love in one way or another. To every Officer CPD and the burbs, may they have a safe return home after every shift.

FOP Lodge #26

4/01/2012 08:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading this made me cry. God bless Officer Pearson.

4/01/2012 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an Officer that has been shot in the line of duty I can tell you that the treatment that Del received has been amazing. I was not shot nearly as bad as Del but a bullet ripped into my body nonetheless. It sounds like the bosses really took the time to comfort Del and his family. I wish I could say the same thing happened in my case. My commander (now a Lt) came to my house the night I was released from the hospital and then had no contact with him until I came back to work months later, no phone call or any thing else for that matter, even after I had surgery a week later to remove the bullet. I would like to know how many bosses above commander have taken one in the chest like Del. A boss like this would know that the most important thing on this job is not arrests, tickets or curfews; it's going home at the end of your tour. Del I was so relieved to see you walk into your home on your own two feet, now take the time to heal physically and emotionally.

God Bless

4/01/2012 09:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My only beef with McCarthy is he says everything Rahm wants him to say. He should be arguing more with the Mayor's office for more police. He should fight for his men and women and stop being a politician, he might get alot more respect.

Old Retired Guy

4/01/2012 09:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rock steady Officer. The bad guys and girls will NEVER break the thin blue line.

4/01/2012 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad Del is feeling better and hope he's 100% recovered soon. As far as The Supe goes, no disrespect intended Del, but if it wasn't for the fact that you were shot while out there running and gunning he would never know who you were...nor would he care. Has he come into districts just to say "good job" or "thanks for what you do" or does he just wait for an opportunity (or crisis) in order to exploit the situation.

4/01/2012 09:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A "real guy" (McLair) doesn't put his hand up in the face of Roti, when Roti was trying to give him information at Christ about the last Police Officer that was shot and taken there.

A "real guy" (Mc lambert tree) wouldn't except that award because he didn't earn it, he could have stopped the process but didn't.

I have witnessed Roti in action and can say he is a REAL GUY.

They must have slipped the KOOL-AID in your iv.

Mclair has to be there when you get shot, His actions from day to day can make him a real guy.


Cue the you-tube video, about guns.

4/01/2012 09:36:00 AM  
Anonymous ISP Sgt said...

Continue healing, Del- You are a very special man, needed here by all of us.

(Now where's that Kleenex?)

4/01/2012 10:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you brother and your family my prayers for a speedy recovery and you can get back to life as normal

4/01/2012 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get well bro, God bless...

4/01/2012 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless You Officer. I thank the Superintendent for all he did for you and your family. If I run across him I will extend my appreciation personally. Get well very soon.
016

4/01/2012 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del, u sir!! Are a HERO! Don't forget it! Strength is is numbers, and u are an inspiration who leads the charge! See ya out there offic.

4/01/2012 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Del, The guy as Supt.is suppose to do the things that he did for you that is his JOB as Supt. take a deep breath now and look what he is doing to mine and your police department as well as the department your daddy worked for!!!!

Maybe during one of your sit down chats you can inform him that this department has been doing police work since before he was born.

We are not the NYPD and all the officers that have come before you and me deserve our respect.

4/01/2012 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike Stevens said...

I also spent a lot of time with the Superintendent after the shooting of Officer Clifton Lewis. During the terrible time at the hospital, as well as the time afterward, I could tell that the Superintendent was a true leader in a time of crisis. I may not always agree with all the Superintendent's actions and views, but when the s*** hits the fan, he is someone you would want by your side.
Most officers will hopefully never have to see how well this Department comes together when an officer goes down, but after 22 cynical years on the job, I once again remembered how great this Department could be.
Mike Stevens
015 tact

4/01/2012 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Teechur said...

Great post, Del. You are a class act. Apparently God wants you here for awhile because you've still got a lot to offer. God Bless you and your family.

4/01/2012 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE:I respect the comments you made regarding McCarthy. I am sure McCarthy is a great person when it comes to having a sit down conversation with the guy.

Dude, this isn't about the Supt., it's about Del. Leave it alone asshole!

4/01/2012 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Mark12A said...

Thanks, Del. I'm only a second cousin by marriage since I retired from another police department half a lifetime ago. One of my friends was shot in the line of duty and I was there with him in the ER when the staff saved his life. We'll be running into one another this month at a retiree's reunion. When bad shit happens to one of our own all the bad feelings are replaced by the genuine love and concern we feel toward one another. The story about your star only made it better. Good luck and godspeed on your recovery and return to duty.

4/01/2012 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del, I have never had the pleasure of meeting you but your post made me smile and brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad that all of our prayers were answered. May you have a speedy recovery and a Blessed Easter with your family and friends.

4/01/2012 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del , well said . Thank God your partners were thinking and rushed to Hospital where you were attended to by caring medical staff. God Bless you and your family .

4/01/2012 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just add "man with a gun" to any call. And the cops come racing in. Why take the bait everytime? Especially those calls from bogus cellphones.

3/31/2012 11:59:00 AM

It was not a call they were responding go, it was to assist an officer on a foot chase!
Learn your fact before you open your hole

3/31/2012 05:55:00 PM

Yeah nothing like an 'elite' outside cowboy unit, calling out a dope chase on a busy Friday night. Getting two good district guys hurt, when they are rear-ended by an 'elite' outside sgt. And then not even feigning interest when the two coppers are laid up at the hospital, as they knock their 3 bagger arrest.

Oh, and a sincere fuck you to the tac sgt complaining about the condition of his unmarked squad car as they were literally putting one of the POs onto a stretcher.

4/01/2012 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get well soon brother. You and your family have been and will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

4/01/2012 01:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so happy you are doing well!!! Your letter made me weep like a baby. You are a true inspiration and a great example of what a Police Officer and a man should be. Focus on your family and forget about work, The only things that matter in life are those in your heart, Medina

4/01/2012 01:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get well soon officer,you guys have the toughest job in the world,from a cfd firefighter.

4/01/2012 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a citizen in Hegewisch.
I'm pretty sure I've seen Mr. Pearson around while on duty.

Just wanted to say thanks so much for the job you do. Without you guys, those of us here fighting to save the place wouldn't stand a chance.

Get well, take a vacation, maybe do some fishing and heal up good.

4/01/2012 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the opportunity to read the tribune article.....started to tear up.
God bless the staffs at both hospitals, cfd, the coppers and all who helped the officer and his family.
Officer Pearson, god bless and get well.

4/01/2012 01:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you made it. Wish you a full and speedy recovery.

4/01/2012 01:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del,
You certainly knocked on heavens gate BUT your work here is not done & you were sent away...

4/01/2012 02:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree 100% with his perception of the Superintendant. If any police officer had the opportunity to actually sit down and talk him they would agree too. He is one of us. I have talked with him and think he is a great guy. He is also the real police.

Get well soon, and don't rush back to work. It will all be waiting for you when you are ready.

4/01/2012 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your post on this blog means that mine and EVERY other PO's prayers were answered. Get well soon. We'll hold it down until you return.

4/01/2012 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice letter....Our Leaders should always behind us 100%...anything less is non-acceptable! I'm so Happy that you are doing as well as you are! My prayers have & will be with you and your family. God Bless the CPD and of course ALL our Brothers & Sisters! Stay Safe!

4/01/2012 04:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del, You remind me of John Wayne in the Quiet Man, I've seen you at the gym(s) for years, never met you, never new your name. When I saw your name after your shooting I realized I worked with your father in Area 2 Task Force. Sorry to hear he passed on, but I know he waas looking down on you that night and he's proud as hell right now. You did him and all of us proud. Next time I see you at the gym I'll introduce myself. TK

4/01/2012 04:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent article in Sunday's Tribune chronicaling all the angels that had a hand in saving Del Pearson as he teetered near death.

4/01/2012 05:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Officer Pearson --

So happy to hear that you're doing better. Blessings to you and your family, and to everybody else who acted so quickly, decisively, and professionally in helping you.

Congratulations on your new star! I can only imagine how proud this must make you.

Thanks also to SCC for thoughtfully putting you "front and center" here where you belong.

That makes two class acts in my book.

Stay safe, everyone.

4/01/2012 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a cop, as a kid we used to shop at the Dolly Madison bakery for two day old bread. One day leaving there I got robbed by a group of kids from the old project buildings on State Street. Normally I should have just gone home, told my mother what happened but this time I was pissed. So I picked up a bottle and wanted at least the bread back. A squad car saw me, pulled me over, told me I would be a fool to follow the kids in the projects, gave me 10 bucks and told me to take my ass home safe. I never got his badge number, I wish I had.

4/01/2012 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DEL, you are ..........the man..., I was there will always be there.....

If half he department was like you >>>>>>>>>>

4/01/2012 05:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy about your outcome Officer but dont think I could ever get over the saint sabina video.

4/01/2012 06:37:00 PM  
Blogger Cuinjl50 said...

Get well soon, and a speedy recovery. As far McCarthy we all have our opinions and I totally respect yours. But for a leader to belittle his command staff just because he can is totally wrong. First and foremost he will always be a politician before anything else, otherwise our department morale wouldn't be were it is now if he was truly looking out for our best interest. As of now he has yet to at least visit the districts, he is no cline and will never be.

4/01/2012 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, God has blessed you and will continue blessing you,we as a department needed that input,your words are valuable and as well as your complete recovery!God Bless you and your Family!

4/01/2012 07:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you Del, but the supe wouldn't have even made eye contact with you if he saw you in a district or on the street.

Regardless, kudos to him for helping you although in 99% of other ways he remains a total ASSHAT.

I wish you a speedy and great recovery, and this post was in no way meant to be disrespectful.

Get well brother.

4/01/2012 07:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officer Pearson:
Your words and actions are those of a man with integrity. You are in my prayers for a complete recovery. We can all put our personal feelings about bosses aside in order to stand together for you and your family.
022 P.O.

4/01/2012 08:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad the truth is finally coming out about the Supt For the last six months I have been saying the same thing that when I had contact with him in the hospital after officers were shot he went out of his way for the family and continued to reach out to the officers months after the incident.
He jumped the on "star " incident and got Del his dads star after other Supts had the same opportunity because as I was told, Dels family has been trying to get the star

4/01/2012 08:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you Officer DEL...Blessings to all officers of the LAW...

4/01/2012 08:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think everyone must realize that any police chief/superintendent of any city or town of any size must fight a political battle with the mayor and administration. It is just the way it is. The degree that the chief goes along with politics is what makes a good chief. I retired from the job and I have seen supers who gave in 100% to city hall. I believe, from what I have heard, that McCarthy is the real deal, will bring real changes to the department and is not just a doormat for the mayor. He must give in some, that is the reality of things. He has only been hdere one year. Give this guy a change. Change is a long time coming in the structure of the department and how things are done. Change is hard for all. All though I am retired, my heart will always be with the Chicago Police Department and the officers who face danger each and every day they roll out on the streets.

4/01/2012 09:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a gracious letter Del. We are so relieved that you are a hero and a survivor. I am praying for your strength and fighting spirit during your rehabilitation and recovery. God bless you, your family and your partners, Sincerely Athena Mullen
PS With regards to Supt McCarthy; he has also given my husband Officer Jim Mullen (who is on duty disability) kindness and respect unlike the previous Fed. Enough said.

4/01/2012 09:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats the story with his star number?

4/01/2012 09:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G-d Bless You Del!

4/01/2012 09:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the media will now become pro-police and help solve the murder of our brother PO Jose Vazquez?

4/01/2012 09:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a retiree who has said on this blog before that after doing some traveling I had a whole new respect for the Chicago Police. You are one in a million. The absolute, bar none, most fearless group of men and women in the United States and I'm not kidding. TO SUP. GERRY McCarthy; You would be doing the best, most admirable thing in your life if you were to take up the cause of these officers. The politicians have had their way long enough at the expense of lives lost. Seriously, lives lost. I was lucky enough to work under bosses with the courage of their convictions. Many former WW2, Korean and Viet Nam War Veterans. The honor which with they ran their units was as pure as the blood in their veins. Loyalty, honor, and brotherhood. May it reign on the department. God Bless Del and all CPD.

4/01/2012 09:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a troll: Great post and glad you are going to be OK. Saw your photo and thought you are the real deal. A real copper for sure. No "hair gel" as some say here. Thanks for being that line between we citizens and the dirtbags among us. Thanks to all of you.

4/01/2012 10:37:00 PM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

when I was rookie copper my FTO used to ask traffic stops about their profession.

I asked him why, and he responded that he didnt like to write doctors and nurses tickets for the reasons that are evidenced by this post

Glad youre well Officer Del G-d bless you and the hospital staff

4/01/2012 10:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I for one WANT the Supe and the Mayor to be "our friends"! i want EVERY citizen of Chicago to be "our friends"! This fighting helps only the enemy.


Ah for your information... The Mayor and the Superintendant is the enemy.

4/01/2012 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godspeed and a fast recovery Del

06

4/01/2012 11:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Thomas McDonagh said...

Well said Meat.

4/01/2012 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officer Pearson. First and foremost, I'm glad your still here with us. Although I don't know you, by all accounts your a helluva a cop. From reading your post if say your a helluva person too. Best wishes for a quick and complete recovery. We need you out there. God Bless you Brother.

Schaumburg Sergeant

4/01/2012 11:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thankful to hear you are doing so well. I am praying for you and all CPD - for your safety among other things. You are all appreciated far more than you will ever know. You don't hear that often because the loudest few are those that often get heard over the media, etc. But the majority are thankful and appreciative of all you do. God bless and keep you all.

4/02/2012 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For once good news. Good luck on your recovery Officer Pearson.

Well done, SCC, for having the balls to allow people to speak their piece.

4/02/2012 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Del,
I'm glad Ur feeling better.
Remember God dispatched those Angels the rest is Smoke and Mirrors.
When it's all said and done tell Ur new friends to hook up Ur suspension days with Ur weekends. I'm sure they r going to find sumthin to gig u on.
McCarthy is a racist and Al is a loser.
Roti for Superintendent!

4/02/2012 02:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del Pearson, You're not only a brave man but a kind and generous one. Thanking everyone and making sure everyone is held in high regard when you're not back in fighting shape is truly a most unselfish act. You'll make me think twice before I disparage someone else especially since I don't have a gunshot wound. God bless you and your fellow CPD/CFD. I'm proud to be a Chicagoan and call you Chicago's Finest.

4/02/2012 02:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome Back...be well

4/02/2012 06:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del, you are a true hero and the bravest of the brave! I sure hope to see you as a future boss in this department! Get well soon, but take your time coming back. You make us proud.

Det John Campbell
Area Three

4/02/2012 07:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I think everyone must realize that any police chief/superintendent of any city or town of any size must fight a political battle with the mayor and administration. It is just the way it is. The degree that the chief goes along with politics is what makes a good chief. I retired from the job and I have seen supers who gave in 100% to city hall. I believe, from what I have heard, that McCarthy is the real deal, will bring real changes to the department and is not just a doormat for the mayor. He must give in some, that is the reality of things. He has only been hdere one year. Give this guy a change. Change is a long time coming in the structure of the department and how things are done. Change is hard for all. All though I am retired, my heart will always be with the Chicago Police Department and the officers who face danger each and every day they roll out on the streets.

4/01/2012 09:00:00 PM

But you are retired and lost touch with the department. What has McCarthy done for the street officers since he started? Look how he disbanded the specialized units in his first few weeks? Look at the silly promotions of unqualified exempts? His complete ass kissing of the reverends? Now his latest move, foot posts in 011? Really? They tried foot posts in the 1980's in gang areas and the officers fought back with a real FOP and that stopped. Would you work a fixed foot post on the 1st watch in a heavy gang area? Really? He might be friendly to those that are hurt, but for the working officers, they are just bodies to him.

4/02/2012 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you'll recover quickly with the support of your adorable family. We pray for you. This is still my dream job too and you make me proud to be CPD.

4/02/2012 08:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! What a guy, want to give you a big hug!
Yes, this is the place to show your appreciation, not the media.
Glad McCarthy was there for you & understood about your Dad’s star, had tears in my eyes as WLS radio reported this! Your Dad is smilin' down from heaven with great pride.
I want to give your partner a hug too! Sooo glad you are okay!!
Your partner needs to be recognized by the dept for his quick actions that saved you.
I also want to give you a hug for all the coppers over the years that didn’t make it!
(Especially Ceriale as he was shot next to my firehouse that sad day in 98’)
I want to give you a hug for surviving like all the shithead gangbanger punks w/ bullets in them I’ve had in the back of my ambulance over the years.
You’re a survivor ~ now go live life to the fullest!
God Bless you & all of CPD’s finest!
~ CFD medic (Retired)

4/02/2012 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Not a cop, as a kid we used to shop at the Dolly Madison bakery for two day old bread. One day leaving there I got robbed by a group of kids from the old project buildings on State Street. Normally I should have just gone home, told my mother what happened but this time I was pissed. So I picked up a bottle and wanted at least the bread back. A squad car saw me, pulled me over, told me I would be a fool to follow the kids in the projects, gave me 10 bucks and told me to take my ass home safe. I never got his badge number, I wish I had.

4/01/2012 05:47:00 PM
Cool story, thanks for sharing!

4/02/2012 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del, this is Yaaaaa!!! Met you in 005. Hope you remember me with that being said. Glad to hear you doing better. It's p.o.'s like you that make other officers safe return home. There are no words that can express how grateful I am of you. Wishing you a godspeed recovery and hope to see you out there one day. God Bless and take care.

4/02/2012 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank god you're ok now brother....

4/02/2012 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get Well Soon

4/02/2012 04:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del Pearson for FOP President PLEASE.

4/02/2012 09:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you Del. We are all thinking and praying for you and your family.

Regarding your dads star, just curious. Did you know who the cop was that had your dads star and was he ever approached in the past about giving it up to you?

The press is making it sound like the supt is the big hero, when I wonder if all the supts office did was ask the cop if you could have it.

Glad you finally got the star. I have my deceased dads star and its encased for me to think of him everyday.

4/03/2012 02:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speedy recovery to you Officer Pearson and so glad you are doing well. We will keep you in our prayers. God speed.

4/03/2012 06:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck and prayers for a speedy recovery.
Retired ISP

4/03/2012 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luckily the security officer at Trinity Hospital was listening to the zone radio. If he didn't alert the ER staff they would have been caught completely off guard and probably wouldn't have been able to accomplish all that they did. Thanks Don Reyna for what you were able to do!

4/03/2012 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sup does some good things yes, But when he makes people like Lynette Helm, and Barbera West commanders, he shows his true colors. Why not make a real policeman a commander, I am sure that Del and many like him have done 100 times the policework that these 2 fake police have done, But he will not have a chance at making commander. Same Shit Different day. And you wonder why morale is so low.

4/03/2012 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to have you back, get well and enjoy this time with your family.

4/03/2012 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCarthy's a racist? You're fucked up man. Even I wouldn't say that and I'm a psychopath.

4/03/2012 04:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del: I couldn't agree more. My work brings me into emergency rooms when bad things happen to our guys. And guess who is always there, caring for his troops and showing concern for their families in the darkest of times: the supe. And usually his class-act sidekick, the first dep. You have chosen well if you have chosen these two as your friends. They are good men, trying to do a job I could NEVER do as well as they have. Get well! We need you back on the street soon.

4/03/2012 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Carl Riggenbach said...

Well said Del, get well brother

4/03/2012 08:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luckily the security officer at Trinity Hospital was listening to the zone radio. If he didn't alert the ER staff they would have been caught completely off guard and probably wouldn't have been able to accomplish all that they did. Thanks Don Reyna for what you were able to do!

4/03/2012 09:02:00 AM
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I'll second that. This is the first I've heard of it. THANK YOU!

4/03/2012 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you Office, you definitely had angels with you that night!

At a time when morale is so low, reading your words makes me proud to be CPD. You are a reminder of the things that really matter and WE need to keep that in perspective. Keep looking out for each other brothers and sisters. I do not know you personally but your words that you have spoken tell me that you are a class act. Congratulations on receiving your Dad's star.

A special Thank You to all of the medical staff that saved my brothers life. Especially the security guard who got the ball rolling at Trinity.

Get well soon Brother! God bless you and your family!

4/04/2012 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To answer your question, yes all the Superintendent had to do was ask the officer who had the star number and it was happily given to P.O. Pearson."Compensation" was offered to the officer who refused since the officer felt it was not right to benefit from the misery of someone else and once again was happy to give it to a fellow officer who almost gave the ultimate sacrifice.

4/04/2012 08:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PO Pearson
keep up the good fight and god bless
from the boys and girls from the NYPD

4/08/2012 01:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you think about it, it's kind of sad that he has to be so grateful because the boss was kind to him. The guy was almost assassinated for fucks sake. Every boss in the city should have been over there with flowers and candy. There should have been coppers at his house so his wife could have never left his side w/o a moments worry regarding her home or children. That's how it used to be anyway. Before the Fleeing Fed.

4/08/2012 06:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ofc Pearson; reading the words that obviously come from a humble man made the outcome of your ordeal a true blessing. Its officers like you that are such a blessing to all of us out there. Knowing how you work and seeing you work its a job you truly love and always give your all. As far as Supt. McCarthy its my opinion that hes the privledged one to have met you! Your police family have all been praying for you and we ARE a strong family your LIVING proof. God bless!

4/10/2012 10:16:00 PM  

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