Friday, February 01, 2013

Heartwarming Decency

And they kept it quiet for two months.

Go read the story here (it's too involved to just cite a paragraph or two).

As someone notes in the comments, there are probably hundreds of stories like this every year that never see the light of day. We've been guilty of having a heart once in a while and digging into our own wallet for a few bucks for someone who, in our judgement, is a genuine victim. Sometimes it's the decent thing to do.

These officers went above and beyond the day-to-day kindnesses we've all seen coppers do, and didn't seek any recognition for it. Well done Officers.

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46 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This should not surprise any normal law abiding citizen. Respect the police people. They re here for us.

2/01/2013 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think the mayor or superintendent gives a shit about this kind of stuff we do? NO! Not enough contact cards! Why are you off your beat? We don't need anymore police, the ones we have can be shifted around every few weeks to fill empty spot! Time off to spend with your family? Denied! If you don't like the way the department is run, find another job!

Thanks guys for making us proud to be the "real police" despite all the bullshit that has been thrown our way these past few years!!

2/01/2013 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this with the rest of us, kudos to the kindhearted (and low-key) officers. I pray that God sends your own blessings for your good deeds.

2/01/2013 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Like the article said, "a BIG tip of the cap to Officers Robert Cavallone, Raquel Castaneda and David Falardeau!" They're a fine example of the MANY great men and women that make up Chicago's Finest...!

2/01/2013 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's really not much more you can say about this. The facts speak for themselves and prove, once again, that for every asshole like Anthony Abbatte, there are many, many decent, caring, and compassionate cops, who would literally give you the shirt off their back.

Rahm and McDumbass can spew all they want about doing things "for the children", but here we have an example of three coppers who really did do something for those children, and didn't need to hold a press conference to stroke each other about it.

Outstanding work, officers.

2/01/2013 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous xcop7903 said...

Extraordinary actions, deserving of much praise. Hope I'm wrong, but sounds like the type of thing that might draw a beef from some meathead boss.

2/01/2013 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job ....nice to see that police officers do help people out

2/01/2013 01:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So a tip of the cap to Officers Robert Cavallone, Raquel Castaneda and David Falardeau for reminding us all that behind a typical police officer's badge beats a strong and compassionate heart."

...but we promise not to embarrass you by telling anyone.

Good going.

2/01/2013 01:36:00 AM  
Blogger Undergrounded said...

Always nice to have the decency of man reaffirmed.
Kudos to them, and to all the rest of you who do the little things for the victim when nobody is looking.

2/01/2013 01:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done, brothers. Well done.

2/01/2013 01:42:00 AM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

If Im not misatken the 017th did something similar for a little girl whose father is accused of burning her mother to death by dousing her in gasoline and igniting it very recently.

2/01/2013 02:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worked with all of them for a brief time. Not surprised by this at all. Excellent work

2/01/2013 05:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job.
Thanks, brothers.

2/01/2013 05:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a beautiful story. Well done officers!!

2/01/2013 06:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of us have a heart but no one seems to care. Not a zeckman in sight though.

2/01/2013 06:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Citizen Gigi Again.
Wow, tears in my eyes at 7:00 a.m. Thank you Officers!

2/01/2013 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of us on the job have done something similar, not looking for a pat on the back, but because we are human beings and have a need to "make it right for those who need to have it made right"

About 20 years ago, my partner and I found a mom, grandma and a 4 year old in a similar situation. We went to Dominick's and bought enough staples to last until the woman got paid from her two part time shit jobs.

I also bought 2 toy cars for the little boy......his face lit up and he hugged me tightly. Mom and Grandma we're in tears as they hugged us.

As we were walking down the hall, the little guy popped his head out the door and yelled: "You be two of the nicest motherfucking police I ever met"

2/01/2013 07:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a civilian and I nearly cried when I read the line about the poor copper only having $3 in his wallet. I want to contribute to HIM. Been there in my younger days too. God bless these boys. Hope it comes back to them in spades.

2/01/2013 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My own personal story involves some helpful cops. I grew up near 55th and Seeley when the area was a lot better. Every Tuesday my mom would send me to the Butternut store to get day old bread for a dollar. I would get bread and some snacks for myself. Well as you cops no, back then, the Robert Taylor Homes were nearby but in the past I never had any problems. This time it was different. A couple of beasts surrounded me as I neared the viaduct and robbed me. Took the bread also. I should have just went home but it just pissed me off to get robbed. I found a glass bottle, smashed it and was headed to the projects to get my stuff back. I hear a siren behind me, the cops asked what was I doing with the bottle. I told them the story, and without hesitation, they both told me I was stupid to even try this and one cop stuffed a 20 in my pocket and told me to take my ass home now. I thanked him, got his badge number and a week or so later my dad went to the station and thanked him personally. And if you want to get even more information I am black, both cops were white. Not that it should make a difference.

2/01/2013 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama said the cops didn't do that. The government did that.

2/01/2013 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job guys, makes me glad to be the police!

2/01/2013 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job officers!

2/01/2013 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cavallone is one of the nicest genuine cops around...he will go to hell and back to help anyone..

2/01/2013 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job officers. Real quick. On christmas day a strong arm robbery occurs right off of 22nd and western. A low life steals the money from a lady. The officer who is taking the report says over the air, "I am donating 20 bucks to replace the money taken, can any other officers help?" I went over to the officer and gave 20 dollars and saw numerous 10th dist cars there donating money.

We do things everyday that no one sees. As a whole cops are good people but we just don't get enough credit, and most of us are not looking for any credit. Just respect!!!

2/01/2013 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Lou said...

I'm sure this is more common than is known. Good job officers. Thanks for a bright spot after reading about Rhambo and McGoofy in today's Libune.

2/01/2013 09:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come Pam Zekman isn't reporting on this?? Where the fuck is Mary Mitchell?(Although i'm sure she'd see this as racist somehow) Savini??Goudy?? Anybody?? { Crickets Chirping}

2/01/2013 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officers and deeds like this are why I can still say i'm proud to be a Chicago Police Offier. Well done officers.

2/01/2013 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Submitted as a comment:

Thank God there are Officers like this.

Perhaps the burglary could have been prevented if Rahm hired enough police to keep up with retirements.

Anyone in the media or any citizen should ask Rahm or McCarthy a simple math question. (A - B = C)
A> How many sworn Chicago Police Officers were on the C.P.D when you started?
B> How many are there on the C.P.D. now?
C> Figure the difference, citizens are paying the price in blood and grief everyday.

Go ask them. They will give you all kinds of Smoke and Mirrors run around but they will not give you a straight truthful answer.

I will ask them if I ever see them.

2/01/2013 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know a copper who feeds cats and dogs every tour.he also hands out money to homeless when they need it!THIS IS WHAT COPPERS DO BECAUSE THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE!

2/01/2013 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had the pleasure of meeting Officer Cavallone when he took Police action while off duty, and this does not surprise me. He came across as a sharp Police Officer and a great person. I've never met the other Officers but they sure seem to have these same traits in common.
To the non-Police, Police Officers do these kind of gestures every day, maybe not to this extent because these Officers went well above and beyond!!
Police Officers don't do it for the recognition and receive none 99% of the time. This made the news because the mother of these children relayed the story to a Sgt who ran with it. I think it's fantastic they were recognized so the public knows that we are human beings and we have families too.
BE SAFE!

2/01/2013 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cavallone was a tough Marine with a big heart thanks for showing what the real police do everyday! Wonder if rahm reached out to thank him? Naw! The good we do is not noticed,except for some bullshit ribbons, why not an incentive like a day off with pay for great police work! Get a gun a day off, a great arrest depending on what some time off! That would be smart thinking! How about rahm call Barry like you did with the banks and auto companies that did not deserve it fund the pensions that would be an incentive and change we could believe in!

2/01/2013 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey ya think one of Mcwantabeacop and Rahmmy's trolls that read the blog have seen this and the story , think there will be any reaction by them ? Just sayin

2/01/2013 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I assume they weren't looking for any recognition but it is good to see that they are getting it anyways. Good work officers!

2/01/2013 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

29 and a day said...
If Im not misatken the 017th did something similar for a little girl whose father is accused of burning her mother to death by dousing her in gasoline and igniting it very recently.

Yes they did. The Female Officer who handled that handles a lot of the cases in 017 similar to that involving kids. She has a good heart. I don't know how she deals with it!

2/01/2013 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've lived in Chicago my whole life. I have never had a bad experience with CPD. Every officer has been nothing but helpful and professional. Any time I dealt with the police they were nothing but kind and compassionate. This story doesn't suprise me. Very proud of those officers. I am willing to bet that there are a lot more stories like this out there. Keep it up, Blue!

2/01/2013 01:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

017th district has helped out numerous down on their luck people, collectively and individualy. kudos to all the patol officers city wide that extend kindness on a daily basis. mcshit & that useless goof on the 5th floor would not know an act of kindnees due to their lack of reality & a soul.

2/01/2013 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

Good job.

2/01/2013 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pam Zekman ?

2/01/2013 03:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow great job very courteous and professional

2/01/2013 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the good deeds of Officers Raquel Castaneda, Robert Cavallone and David Falardeau with us SCC. There are many good people within the ranks of the CPD.

May they be blessed for bringing smiles back to the faces of these little girls and their mother.

2/02/2013 02:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helping our neighbors in their time of need. This sort of thing was typical back before welfare, the entitlement mentality and liberalism destroyed our sense of community. I'm glad to see traditional America still lives in the hearts of some of her citizens.

2/02/2013 03:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: 2/01/2013 10:21:00 AM

The Southwest Chicago Post did publish this comment.

Thanks Post and Thanks Again Officers, Stay Safe.

2/02/2013 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the cops, the teachers that work with the entrails of society, not the chickens who roost on their thrones and squawk from above. We interact with the forgotten of society on a daily basis, not just when convenient as on CTA platform on election day.

Officers, I've got your back, even when I get a well deserved ticket.

Thanks,

The Teacher

2/02/2013 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for that story!

2/02/2013 02:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As we were walking down the hall, the little guy popped his head out the door and yelled: "You be two of the nicest motherfucking police I ever met"

2/01/2013 07:46:00 AM


That is beyond classic...

I am going to suffer internal injury from reading this site someday.

2/02/2013 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC thank you for sharing this story. What if there was a police blog that just posted stories like this? It would greatly improve PR for Chicago Police officers and balance out mainstream news coverage.

Could you post more of these stories in SCC? It boosts morale and gets reposted by citizens who read SCC. (Not that you write for us, but many read of us your blog.)

Sadly, by posting details in the news of what the officers gave this family (Wi,etc.) it also gives incentives for the burglars to return and cash in on the officers' kindness. (Sorry, living in Chicago makes me cynical...hope that does not happen, but it could.)

Keep up the great work CPD!!!!

2/03/2013 11:30:00 AM  

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