Friday, August 22, 2014

Street Sign Dedication

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 Cops Slain In Shooting
Suspect Held


May 14, 1990|By John W. Fountain and Marja Mills.

"Twenty years ago, on the same March morning, Raymond Kilroy and Gregory Hauser began their careers together as Chicago police officers.

"Sunday night, responding to a grandmother`s call for help with a domestic dispute at her Far West Side home, the two officers lost their lives in the line of duty, shot to death by the woman`s grandson, police said.

"Police Supt. LeRoy Martin said Sunday night that Kilroy, 47, and Hauser, 43, both of the Grand-Central District, were killed by 22-year-old Roman Chavez. The two officers were shot shortly after 9 p.m. when they responded to the call at 2158 N. Nordica Ave., Martin said.

"A man believed to be Chavez was captured by police at about 2:27 a.m. at 2031 N. Harlem Ave., according to Elmwood Park police, who were assisting in the search.

"Dozens of shaken police officers quickly gathered at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in the city and Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge to mourn the Mother`s Day deaths of the two patrol officers, who each suffered multiple head and body gunshot wounds.

"The two officers had reported to work at 3 p.m. Sunday, after celebrating the day with their families, said John Dineen, president of Chicago`s Fraternal Order of Police.

"Hauser spent the morning with his wife and children, Dineen said, and Kilroy, who was not married, visited his mother.

"A nursing supervisor at Illinois Masonic, where Kilroy was taken, said efforts to save him en route from the shooting scene in the working-class Montclare neighborhood were unsuccessful, and the officer was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital at 9:55 p.m.

"Hauser was also dead on arrival at 9:21 p.m. at Lutheran General.

"Alarm quickly spread through the usually quiet Montclare area on the far western edge of the city, as more than 100 police officers, some using dogs, searched the neighborhood early Monday morning for the suspect..."

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1990-05-14/news/9002080716_1_police-officers-two-officers-police-supt

Rest In Peace.

B14370 - CHAVEZ, ROMAN
Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
Location: DIXON CORRECTIONAL CENTER
INFO
Admission Date: 06/07/1991
Projected Discharge Date: INELIGIBLE

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 90CR14952
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE

CUSTODY DATE: 05/14/1990
SENTENCE: LIFE

Burn in hell.

8/22/2014 12:19:00 AM  
Blogger John Northen said...

As a 30 year CPD veteran, there are memories of three horrific nights which I will take to my grave. Two involved the double homicides of police officer friends to which I was assigned, first as a homicide detective and 20 years later as a patrol sergeant.

First and foremost was Mother's Day night, 1990. As Supervisor 2510, I decided it was time for lunch at Victor's Pizza on North Ave. I wanted two of my best guys to join me, their last assignment being a "Disturbance with the Grandson" at 2158 N. Nordica Ave.

I pulled up to find their beat car parked in the alley on the west side of a residential garage on Palmer St. just behind the Nordica corner bungalow. I walked into the pitch dark garage with my flashlight and found my guys down in the SE corner, both mortally wounded. While Ray Kilroy had no vital signs, Greg Hauser went into his death rattle in my arms. I immediately called a 10-1 with two officers down requesting two ambulances with notifications to "everybody". The cop killer had apparently fled moments before my arrival

Several hours later, Harold Bone and Frank Ortiz, Gang Crimes North, apprehended the cop killer hiding beneath a front porch several blocks away on Harlem Ave., the murder weapon nearby. Now known as B14379, he currently remains incarcerated at Dixon Correctional Center. Ultimately, he will leave in a pine coffin.

Now, through the efforts of a former CFD firefighter and 36th Ward Ald. Nicholas Sposato, memorial street signs will honor two of Chicago's Finest at the corner of Palmer St. (2200 N.) and Nordica Ave. (7100 W.)

Aside from Ald. Sposato, how did this long overdue tribute occur? An all too modest guy we'll just call retired "Sgt. Al" made it happen.

He was also the catalyst for the memorial signs on the SW corner of Larrabee and Division outside 018 honoring Jim Severin and Tony Rizzato. For fear of sustaining a wood shampoo, I refuse to further identify this humble retired sergeant.

Notwithstanding, in the event that Phil Cline steps down as the head of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, "Sgt. Al" has proven to be his more than worthy successor.

The sign dedication will be on Tuesday, Sept. 9th at 6 PM.

Greg and Ray: Rest in Peace.
Sgt. Brian Hauser, 001: I'm certain that your father is so very proud of you.

8/22/2014 01:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.odmp.org/officer/62-police-officer-gregory-a-hauser

8/22/2014 02:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.odmp.org/officer/63-police-officer-raymond-c-kilroy

8/22/2014 02:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mush Better than Margie Laurino's 39th Ward Precinct Captain Streets

8/22/2014 02:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, do you know where the ceremony is being held? The flier has no information...it just announces that it is being done. Thank you.

8/22/2014 04:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember them getting killed growing up and was first time I had ever worried about my pops being police as a kid.

8/22/2014 04:12:00 AM  
Blogger Valiant Knight said...

This is awesome!!!

Be thankful and feel blessed that you are here to remember these officers and all the others who have given up their lives doing the job.

God bless us all and watch each other's backs

8/22/2014 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That should have done years ago. Why is it a house mouse in 025 got a street sign named after her near Blackhawk park before these guys?

8/22/2014 07:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless and keep them.

I was working as a Sergeant in the 17th that night and we sent cars to the 25th. I had to break into the Citywide traffic to tell them the cars were on the way but radios they had did not have the Zone for the 25th.

I know both Alderman Nick Sposato and Sergeant Al Piankowski, both excellent people.


Stay Safe. Just a thought with the mess going on in Missouri, the offender here was also UNARMED.

8/22/2014 07:58:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

Nice tribute.

8/22/2014 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8/22/2014 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous FTO Bob Cavaiani 025 said...

Rest in Peace to all my brothers and sisters who have had their lives taken from them while serving and protecting.

Our job is a thankless one but we all go out there day after day and do the job because that's the oath we took.

I am proud to stand along side my brothers and sisters and work for one of the greatest police departments on the planet.

Please all be safe and remember Ray and Greg and all the rest everywhere.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET !

May God bless us all and keep us safe always.

Much respect to you all.

8/22/2014 09:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Northen said --

"...Mother's Day night, 1990. As Supervisor 2510, I decided it was time for lunch at Victor's Pizza on North Ave. I wanted two of my best guys to join me, their last assignment being a "Disturbance with the Grandson..."

8/22/2014 01:37:00 AM

Thank you, Sir, for laying this out for us. Can't have been easy.

[From the Tribune accounts]

"Police said Chavez has a police record and had been released recently from Cook County Jail. They declined to provide specifics about Chavez`s record or say why he had been in jail. Chavez reportedly was arrested in February after leading Elmhurst police on a four-mile chase."

"The grandson has lived with her for 'a couple of years' [but as]...police fanned out to search the surrounding tree-lined neighborhood...many of the lawns, but not the one at the site of the shooting, [were] well-manicured."

Wouldn't even cut the grass for Grandma.

"Neighbors described Chavez as a loner who often worked on cars and had caused his grandmother trouble in the past.

"'He has been giving her problems throughout the years,' one neighbor said. 'She`s been afraid of him.'

"Chavez was unemployed...the grandmother`s two-car garage...was strewn with debris.

"A purple and black late-model Cadillac sat on one side of the garage. Junked cars often stood in the street outside the home.

"Chavez`s grandmother...had summoned the officers because of a dispute over Chavez`s midnight-blue Cadillac limousine in her cluttered garage...[she] wanted it removed...

"Chavez had a long history of skirmishes with police, and lately had been complaining that police were stealing old car parts he had stored in the garage..."

In contrast, as old 2510 tells us --

"Sgt. Brian Hauser, 001: I'm certain that your father is so very proud of you."

Sergeant! And ain't that the biggest kick in the a__ there could be to that nothing-from-nothing. The best legacy a man could leave to the world -- a fine son to carry on.

Thanks again, Sir. God bless and stay safe.

8/22/2014 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone else had asked too -- I take it from the flyer that the dedication will be held Tuesday, 9 Sept. 2014, 1800 hrs, * AT * Palmer and Nordica?

If this is correct, I'll try to be there.

8/22/2014 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the day well. Two great police officers and wagon men from the 025 District., one Officer was a Viet Nam Vet, just a routine call but as every police officer knows, no job is routine . May God Bless these Officers always as we remember them and honor them.

8/22/2014 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank god it only took 24 years for someone to do this... But also thank god it is getting done. RIP

8/22/2014 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sgt. Northen,

When I was in the police academy, they played the 10-1 transmission from the Hauser Kilroy murders to teach us the importance of using our radios properly. I didn't know it was you. It had to be the most stressful situation that an officer could encounter. The class was amazed at how calm and cool your voice was. It was almost the same tone as calling in an abandoned auto. you told the dispatcher to notify the supt., the dics, the 25 w/c and d/c, the chaplin, K9. Most cops would probably be shouting and screaming into the mike in that situation.
I also agree about "Sgt. Al" as head of the CPMF. A few of us from my district went to Washington, DC this May for the police memorial. He was very helpful and was a 1st class gentleman. May Hauser and Kilroy RIP.

8/22/2014 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About time. Good work.

8/22/2014 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tape of their last radio transmission was haunting

8/22/2014 01:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.....SCC, do you know where the ceremony is being held? The flier has no information...it just announces that it is being done. Thank you.....

Maybe if you read the flyer posted by SCC you will find the info hidden in the message dummy!

8/22/2014 02:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Eileen McGivney, 009 said...

ohn Northen said...
As a 30 year CPD veteran, there are memories of three horrific nights which I will take to my grave. Two involved the double homicides of police officer friends to which I was assigned, first as a homicide detective and 20 years later as a patrol sergeant.

First and foremost was Mother's Day night, 1990. As Supervisor 2510, I decided it was time for lunch at Victor's Pizza on North Ave. I wanted two of my best guys to join me, their last assignment being a "Disturbance with the Grandson" at 2158 N. Nordica Ave.

I pulled up to find their beat car parked in the alley on the west side of a residential garage on Palmer St. just behind the Nordica corner bungalow. I walked into the pitch dark garage with my flashlight and found my guys down in the SE corner, both mortally wounded. While Ray Kilroy had no vital signs, Greg Hauser went into his death rattle in my arms. I immediately called a 10-1 with two officers down requesting two ambulances with notifications to "everybody". The cop killer had apparently fled moments before my arrival

Several hours later, Harold Bone and Frank Ortiz, Gang Crimes North, apprehended the cop killer hiding beneath a front porch several blocks away on Harlem Ave., the murder weapon nearby. Now known as B14379, he currently remains incarcerated at Dixon Correctional Center. Ultimately, he will leave in a pine coffin.

Now, through the efforts of a former CFD firefighter and 36th Ward Ald. Nicholas Sposato, memorial street signs will honor two of Chicago's Finest at the corner of Palmer St. (2200 N.) and Nordica Ave. (7100 W.)

Aside from Ald. Sposato, how did this long overdue tribute occur? An all too modest guy we'll just call retired "Sgt. Al" made it happen.

He was also the catalyst for the memorial signs on the SW corner of Larrabee and Division outside 018 honoring Jim Severin and Tony Rizzato. For fear of sustaining a wood shampoo, I refuse to further identify this humble retired sergeant.

Notwithstanding, in the event that Phil Cline steps down as the head of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, "Sgt. Al" has proven to be his more than worthy successor.

The sign dedication will be on Tuesday, Sept. 9th at 6 PM.

Greg and Ray: Rest in Peace.
Sgt. Brian Hauser, 001: I'm certain that your father is so very proud of you.

8/22/2014 01:37:00 AM


You made me cry reading this. I remember that night, working in 024 trying to call people to find out who was killed; hoping it wasn't true. So very sad. Thank God the offender was caught. You never know what each and every call is going to bring. Remember, the most important thing is that you and your co-workers go home safe every night.

8/22/2014 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace brothers.

8/22/2014 04:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Sgt Northen for your memories of that tragic day. Responding to a officer down call is always the most stressful to respond to.

8/22/2014 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: John Northern,

My condolences to you on the loss of your two best guys, in this horrific incident. I remember it well. I later worked with Officer Hauser's son and had the privilege of sitting with him at the Police Memorial dedication ceremony. On that emotional night, I also told him his father would be so proud of him. As for Sgt Al, what can we say? There is no better!

Retired

8/22/2014 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to SCC for running this worthwhile informational post.
Rest in Peace our brothers.

8/22/2014 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ceremony and unveiling will actually take place at the corner of Palmer and Nordica, 9 September, 1800 hrs.
If unable to attend, kindly say a prayer in your own way, on behalf of 'all' our fellow first responders.

8/22/2014 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember that day like it was yesterday. May they never be forgotten.

8/22/2014 06:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You Sgt. Northen, that had to be hard for you, I was a suburban Police Officer at the time (CPD shortly after) but remember it well. Please Officers remember no call is too small or ever the same. RIP

8/22/2014 09:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless Hauser and Kilroy, I knew them both well, great people. God bless Johnny Northern also, a police mans policeman.

8/22/2014 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The ceremony and unveiling will actually take place at the corner of Palmer and Nordica, 9 September, 1800 hrs."

8/22/2014 05:12:00 PM

"Actually." Great. Aw right. No problem. Just that detail. You understand, in this town we were just worried that it'd run as a TV sideshow to a new basketball court dedication miles away or something.

See ya there if I possibly can.

Come, stand up tall, listen, remember, pray together.

8/23/2014 12:24:00 AM  
Blogger John Northen said...

12:44 PM

For the record, a correction. Greg and Ray were not wagonmen. Their steady assignment on Capt. John Collins' watch was the worst "ghetto" beat car centering on Lafollette Park in North Austin. You may have them confused with another pair of outstanding police officers then assigned to Squadrol 2572 [Marv Streske and Joe Cassidy].

Several younger officers have told me that my recorded transmission of the "10-1 with two officers down" was used in classes at the Training Division. I never heard this recording. In fact, a Police Academy sgt. told me that it never existed. I'd be most interested if my transmission was used that officers with first hand knowledge confidentially contact me at cpdfop7@yahoo.com with further info to include the name(s) of the CPD instructors that used the recording in recruit classes.

At the time of the murders, I had a huge "brick" on me because I was the ringleader in publicly exposing incontrovertible evidence that the 80% weight "orals" in ExamScam were rigged by LeRoy Martin and CPD brass (click on my name for details).

The Training Division denial of the existence of the recording came as no surprise. I typed up the one-sided (brief) case report for the double homicide. [R.D. No. N-214730] for Off. Tom Bugajski's signature. Shortly thereafter, the bosses running the investigation (Joseph Curtin and Edward Wodnicki) sent me home early without explanation. Years later, I obtained a copy of the case report. My name in Boxes #31 and #93 (who discovered crime?) had been removed/whited out and replaced by the name of a wagonman (B.P.) who ultimately arrived at the scene minutes later. Before his death, he admitted to me that a boss told him that he discovered the murders. It's not like I did something "heroic". The only regret that still haunts me to this day is if only I had arrived at that garage before the shootings.

As far as my controlled transmission, I can assure you that after my job was done and while off duty, I cried tears in puddles.

8/23/2014 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sergeant Northern:

This story shook me to my core. Something like this is 100% real, and can happen again. As a Sergeant myself I deeply worry about my guys and gals out there. All the time. I could not imagine having to deal with what you had to deal with on both those nights.

I will be there for Officers Hauser and Kilroy with as many of my watch that can make it. Were enroute.

Sergeant CCSPD North Area

8/23/2014 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Street sign dedication is great.
I knew both of these wonderful men & to this day..they run through my mind often. I say prayers often & especially on the day they died. What a terrible loss that will stay with many forever.
Stay safe
Retired 025 wagon guy

8/23/2014 03:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Nortern - You were one of my first Sgt' when 025 opened and I was new and got dumped there cause I was going to work for Patrolman Joe in Gangs,
Not stroking you, you were a sgt of sgt' I worked for on Midnights. While the district sleep, you and I were one of the few squads on the street. You always had my back brother and the guys on the watch.
You did have a brick on you big time and you got fucked big time.
Now retired and guys like you made the term "we ruled the night" true.
Missed guys like you, Hauser , Kilroy and the other gang on the watch when we rotated and I moved to Gangs..
God bless you always John and your kind ways were not forgotten by so many of us.
Bless you JN.

8/23/2014 09:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently took my granddaughter and a friend of hers to see the horses at the mounted police unit. It was a thrill for her and something she had wanted to do for a long time. Little girls just love horses.
The first horse she met was named Bosak. It brought happiness to her but she then saw me choking up and trying to keep from crying in front of her and she asked "what's wrong grandpa"?
Don't want to go into the specifics of that horrible day but it was March 3rd 1979, that Billy Bosak and Roger Van Schaik were assassinated by a gunman who later had his death sentence commuted by convicted Governor George Ryan.
I explained to her that some of the horses were named for police officers who were killed in the line of duty and that I knew Billy and his partner Roger. I further explained that it was in honor of them and that she should go meet and enjoy the other horses. I didn't dwell on it so as to not dampen their fun but was amazed at the number of names I knew.
Thirty five years now and it's still fresh. It should be that way. Never forget! RIP all to all you heroes.

8/23/2014 10:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was assigned to Gang Crimes North at the time of this incident, and while enroute to work I saw Greg and Ray stopped in traffic at Diversey & Laramie, I joked with them and said Happy mothers Day you Mothers and then said I will put you guys on the paper knowing that I was working in 25 that night, We made an arrest and just as we pulled into the front drive of the 25th district we heard the 10-1, 2 officers shot, we still had our prisoner with us and raced to the scene, we were one of the first cars on the scene along with Elmwood Park police, I will never forget that tragic night for the rest of my life. I live in the area and still pass that garage often and when I do I always say a silent prayer. Greg and Ray were the best, always willing to lend a hand. We stayed out all night searching for this Chavez Asshole, hoping to find him, which was finally accomplished later that morning, For this killer to still be able to live, and not be executed by our legal system is in-excusable. A pot smoking kid destroyed the lives of many on that day, I will never forget these officers. I will be there to honor them.

8/24/2014 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous CPD DOUBLE MURDERS said...

There have been seven (7) double murders of Chicago police officers since 1951. All officers were slain by gunfire while on duty. In chronological order by date of shooting...

04/14/69 James SCHAFFER & Jerome STUBIG

11/14/69 John GILHOOLY & Frank RAPPAPORT

07/17/70 James SEVERIN & Anthony RIZZATO

02/27/74 William MARSEK & Bruce GARRISON

03/03/79 William BOSAK & Roger VAN SCHAIK

02/09/82 William FAHEY & Richard O'BRIEN

05/13/90 Gregory HAUSER & Raymond KILROY

8/24/2014 09:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Don't want to go into the specifics of that horrible day but it was March 3rd 1979, that Billy Bosak and Roger Van Schaik were assassinated by a gunman who later had his death sentence commuted by convicted Governor George Ryan.

8/23/2014 10:18:00 PM


Convicted felon George Ryan let a lot of cop killers off of death row. He doesn't feel the slightest bit of shame for what he did. He was interviewed recently. I saw it. He was told that the Willis Family forgave him. The prick stood there and said he didn't feel he did anything needing forgiveness. The miserable rotten bastard. The people he has hurt just to try to save his own skin is disgusting.

Ryan and Blagojevich both stand there with a straight face and claim they did nothing wrong.

And that other crooked prick, Jim Thompson, is still trying to get Ryan's conviction reversed. With what Thompson's law firm spent on Ryan's defense, they could have just supported the asshole in luxury instead and been many dollars ahead.

I used to see Ryan and his entourage in Manny's for lunch. He always had an expensive suit and a deep suntan and piles of cash in his pocket. And he never went to an ATM or cashed checks for cash, always had lots of cash though. But he did nothing wrong.

That is the caliber of leader we have here in Illinois. The others, not yet caught, are still in office. Oh how I hope the feds would take them all down. Madigan, Cullerton, Durbin, scum, the lot of them.

8/24/2014 11:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry Stubig was my Dad's partner before he went to Bomb and Arson. They thought the guy had information only . I was 21 & still remember it, and the anger and sadness of his old Area 5 team . Still think about him to this day, what a funny guy and great Policeman. Saw him on the wall at FOP, smiled at his memory and said a prayer .
Please be careful.

8/25/2014 07:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Retired Homicide Detective said...

Based on Sgt. Northen's comments, it's obvious that some boss(es) is/are guilty of a Class 4 felony. See 720 ILCS 5-32/3.

SUBORNATION OF PERJURY

8/26/2014 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: 8:56 PM

What say you, citizen Wodnicki?

8/26/2014 10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous DA WOZ said...

10:20 PM

Ask Curtin, Finnegan and Pearson. We vas only following orders of Supt. Idi Amin Dada. He couldn't make it that night. When John worked for me at Area 6, he consistently led all my detectives in felony arrests. For some reason, the Supt. despised him and would make every effort to discredit him.

8/27/2014 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can see details of this crime here, from a WBBM newscast...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvD-1CS5aqs

7/05/2016 01:31:00 PM  

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